Patient Stories

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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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

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.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Survivor

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Survivor

Diagnosed with MDS at a young 45 years old, Joe Grojean beat his disease after two bone marrow transplants at SCCA. Today he is free and clear and getting back to living life and raising his children.

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Richard Braun was 58 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After researching his options for treatment, he chose proton therapy as the best treatment to fit his lifestyle and cure his disease.

Gallbladder Cancer Survivor

Gallbladder Cancer Survivor

Gallbladder cancer was the last thing Marjorie Sladek thought she would get. But at 56, she was treated with surgery and chemotherapy for just that. Sure that she wouldn’t survive, she quit her job and tried to enjoy life. Three years later, she’s back to work and cancer-free.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Vickie Grams came to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance after she lost confidence in her doctor for misdiagnosing her inflammatory breast cancer. Treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, Vickie has been cancer-free since 2004 and she now gets annual screenings at the SCCA Women’s Wellness Clinic.

Brain Tumor Survivor

Brain Tumor Survivor

When Deirdre Timmons was facing a grim brain tumor diagnosis at age 47, she pursued a second opinion that led her to be treated with proton therapy.

Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Colorectal Cancer Survivor

A triathlete living with an unpredictable gastrointestinal system, Paul Weigel had hip replacement surgery and subsequently learned he had colorectal cancer. He was treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

After struggling for years with mysterious stomach issues, James Grizzard was diagnosed with colon cancer and treated with chemotherapy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Breast Cancer “Previvor”

Breast Cancer “Previvor”

After learning in 2012 that she inherited a BRCA1 gene mutation from her mother, Eva Moon visited SCCA’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program and opted for a prophylactic hysterectomy and double mastectomy to reduce her cancer risk. 

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

Rhabdomyosarcoma Survivor

You’d never know from Garrett Clarke’s buoyancy and brightness that he battled a rare and rapidly growing soft-tissue cancer at age 6. He was successfully treated for rhabdomyosarcoma at Seattle Children’s and SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center.