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Patient Stories

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.


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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

After her transplant for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Pamela Clark is cancer-free and busy surfing competitively, promoting surfing for women, and raising funds for organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Multiple Myeloma Survivor

Multiple Myeloma Survivor

A diagnosis of multiple myeloma and subsequent bone-marrow transplant didn't change Sarah Kaufmann-Fink's sense of adventure, it just helped her to refocus on where to find it.
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Aplastic Anemia Survivor

Returning from a climb near Mt. Everest in 2004, Matt Fioretti thought his doctors were crazy after he learned he had aplastic anemia. After a transplant, he’s back in the mountains.

Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bladder Cancer Survivor

Cancer usually comes unexpectedly. For Richard Hunter, it was practically overnight. He woke up one day and saw blood in his urine. He was 58 years old at the time.

Aplastic Anemia Survivor

Aplastic Anemia Survivor

Jennifer Migliana, diagnosed with aplastic anemia at age 17, says she can’t imagine having had a bone marrow transplant anywhere but SCCA: “They’re experts in aplastic anemia.”

Two-Time Lymphoma Survivor

Two-Time Lymphoma Survivor

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.”

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Despite working just three days a week, Carolyn Kloke felt very tired. When she began to experience painful acid reflux, a doctor’s visit led to a CT scan and a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

At 72 years young, Roger Sweet can still pull off 32 chin ups—a feat not many people can claim at any age, not to mention after surviving follicular large cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

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.

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor

Doing nothing more than walking after dinner, Joyce Miner wondered if she was having a heart attack. But what she had was lymphocytic leukemia, Philadelphia chromosome positive (ALL Ph+).