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 SCCA so that we may share them with you.
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In 2012, Alan Herr, a cancer researcher, engaged in some macabre humor with his colleagues when he noticed his voice getting raspy and a gurgling sensation as he breathed. “That could be lung cancer,” he joked with his fellow scientists at the University of Washington, compressing air into his lungs then breathing out to show them the odd sound his breathing made.
We captured a conversation with SCCA patients Teri Pollastro and Lynda Weatherby about living with metastatic breast cancer. Hear their thoughts about patient advocacy and metastatic breast cancer statistics below. You can also read a profile of Pollastro and Weatherby, who coordinate the annual Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.
When Lisa Newell was pregnant with her third son, a complication with her placenta landed her on bedrest for a month. After she gave birth, doctors assumed that the pain she felt in her sternum and ribs was related to her lying in bed for the last month of her pregnancy. Massage made the pain worse. A chiropractor recommended X-rays, which led to an MRI, which led to an unexpected diagnosis five months after her child was born: Newell, now a mom of three, had stage 4 breast cancer.
Caroline Wright had just submitted the manuscript for her third cookbook when she started to feel strange. She was headachy and spacy, finding it hard to focus. At age 32, she chalked it up to the exhaustion inherent in churning out the cookbook, overseeing a house remodel and mothering her two young boys, but when she continued to feel lost – sometimes she wouldn’t know where she was – she went to see her doctor.
Lisa Newell knows she’s an outlier. It’s been more than 13 years since she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, just five months after giving birth to her third son.
Steve Lovell treasures the infusion receptionist’s smile. Laurel Rech appreciates that her daughter’s oncologist always addressed her 12-year-old first when walking into the room, making her feel valued. Lesley Buck likes the warm blanket that staff offer her adult son, a sickle cell patient.
The day that Deborah Przekop was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, her head started spinning. It didn’t stop until she met Dr. Jesse Fann, a psychiatrist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Colon cancer has long been considered an older person’s disease. The average age at diagnosis is 68 for men and 72 for women. So when Drew Griffin was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 39 after months of abdominal pain, he was shocked.