A serious health condition may make you feel like you’re all alone. But you’re not. Over the years, many of our patients have shared their stories with us at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance so that we may share them with you.
When Bob Summer had cancer at 23, “I felt I’d lived a good life.” So at 46, after surviving Burkitt Lymphoma: “I feel like I’ve somehow cheated death. I felt like a spoiled kid asking for something on the top shelf.”
Susan Ault moved back home to the Pacific Northwest to get treatment for her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at SCCA. Now a survivor, she’s taken up permanent residence in Sequim.
Karen Allen is living with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, thanks to treatment she receives on a clinical study.
Deborah Przekop’s yearly screening mammogram revealed enlarged lymph nodes under Deb’s arms. Under the care of SCCA, Deb is living a normal life with B-cell follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003, retired Judge Mike Heavey was treated locally and then at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He has been in remission ever since.
Mike Casey was diagnosed with a very rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia in 2009 at age 65. He’s now in remission thanks to a clinical study.
Treated for follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002, Lisa Verner faced a second, more aggressive lymphoma in 2006 that was treated at SCCA in a clinical trial and ultimately cured with a bone marrow transplant.
Michael Corn and his wife are avid tandem bicyclists. Fatigue, a cough, and quick weight loss sent him to the doctor, who diagnosed him with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Treated at SCCA, he’s back on his bike.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor
- Suffered from groin pain while training for the Dallas Marathon in 2010
- Misdiagnosed with an infection; eventually diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 49
- Treated in 2011 with a strong chemotherapy regimen, which cured his cancer
- Advanced from marathons to Ironman competitions with no sign of recurrence
Debbie Bridge has undergone stem cell transplantation twice and finds her religious faith a source of strength while dealing with her diagnosis, treatments, and side effects.