Cancer Stories:Here you will find personal stories, information and advice from people battling with various types of cancer, from breast cancer to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Former sports stars Bobby Murcer and Peter Arvanitis have learned the hard way, yet in different ways, about how to deal with cancer.
Gatewood said she cried uncontrollably when she was told she had breast cancer following a routine mammogram and follow-up ultrasound.
Kady Pletcher’s right upper right arm hurt after playing softball in summer 2004.
Name: Shea Adamson
Type of cancer: Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Date diagnosed: Aug. 17, 2005
Where she is in treatment: In remission
A lump appeared above Sheila Blankenship’s left clavicle bone on Nov. 6, 1995. She saw her family doctor Nov. 7, underwent a chest X-ray and blood work Nov. 8, a CT scan and surgeon examination Nov. 9 and a biopsy of the enlarged lymph node was diagnosed as lymphoma Nov. 10
Laura Cross hoped after her first surgery and treatments that her ovarian cancer was gone for good. She knew that for 25 to 30 percent of women with cases like hers the cancer goes away and never comes back.
When Bryan Gaston's wife, Lara, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago, one of the most difficult aspects of the situation for him was realizing he couldn't do anything to change or even make the crisis the couple faced go away.
Fredde Gentry found out she had liver cancer on Christmas Eve, 1992. Tests revealed she had a tumor the size of a cantaloupe. Physicians subsequently removed the tumor but were puzzled because they were unable to determine the specific type of cancer she had. Their prognosis: cautiously optimistic.
Name: Laura Geyer Age: 52 Type: Stage IIIA breast cancer Diagnosis: Nov. 28, 2000 Progress: Geyer is living like she’s in remission but still takes medication that blocks the uptake of estrogen Treatment center: OU Health Sciences Center
Dan Lang, 66, a retired systems analyst living in Guthrie, first noticed something wrong one afternoon last year, just before dinner. He went to the bathroom, and immediately realized he needed to see a doctor.
There was no treatment available, daughter Barbara Murcer-Green said. He was sent home with pain medications.
Cathy Hewes is used to dealing with medical emergencies. As an Integris registered nurse dealing primarily with heart health, she’s had experience with them. But no experience could prepare Hewes for what was to come.
Willa Johnson is a former Oklahoma City councilwoman and was beginning her first term as an Oklahoma County commissioner when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mildred Majors thought of cancer as a big ugly monster, and she wondered what it would do to her life.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre went for a routine mammogram in 2006 and left stunned and wrecked emotionally.
Robi Morris had no history of cancer in her family. She ate a healthy diet, exercised regularly, and had no reason to believe she wasn't the picture of health.
Gloria O’Neil, 84, has undergone a few medical procedures through the years. Bouts with three different forms of cancer, however, don’t rank among her worst experience.
Name: Tammy Padgett
Type of cancer: Breast
Date diagnosed: Dec.14, 2001
Where in treatment: Recovering
Treatment center: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.
UPDATED: Nov. 13, 2008 -- Mark Schwartz succumbs to cancer
Mark Schwartz, who served on the Oklahoma City Council in the 1990s, said one of his biggest priorities throughout his cancer treatment has been to continue his work as an attorney and staying involved in the community.
Gary Shreck knows what it's like to be diagnosed with cancer. He's received that diagnosis four times in his life. But having battled and beaten two rounds of skin cancer, colon cancer and most recently, throat cancer has only made Shreck stronger and more happy to be alive than ever.
Pat Shreve, a registered nurse who teaches at MetroTech Springlake campus, was by her sister’s side when Mary Eastman learned she had breast cancer.
Cathy Stocker is a self-described member of a generation of “sun worshippers.”
When my surgeon asked me on Dec. 23, 2005, “Did you come alone?” I knew instinctively what she was going to tell me. After five mammograms and two needle biopsies, I wasn’t hopeful about the verdict.
Peter Walker is an Oklahoma City police lieutenant who is used to danger.
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