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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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.
Cholangiocarcinoma Survivor Jim O’Dell was 52 when he went to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain and eventually diagnosed with a rare cancer, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Treated with surgery at UW Medical Center and chemotherapy in his home town, Jim has been in remission since 2010.
Breast Cancer Survivor Sarah Lien was newly married when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at age 24. Her cancer was aggressive, so her treatment had to be also—which meant it could send her into early menopause, halting her fertility. So before she began treatment, Sarah had her embryos cryopreserved for the family she hoped to start someday. Now cancer-free thanks to SCCA, Sarah will give birth to her first child in November 2013.
Breast Cancer Survivor Keum Ja Bae Diligent about getting annual mammograms, Keum Ja Bae was surprised by her diagnosis of DCIS. Since being treated with lumpectomy and radiation therapy, Keum is cancer-free.
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.
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.
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 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.