Grit Story: Rick W. from Bend, OR

I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in my late 20’s and later on was diagnosed with lymphoma. I went through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I’ve been free of cancer since. The biggest change I made during my diagnosis was my humor. I no longer take life so seriously that I forget to laugh. When […]

Grit Story: Stephanie H. from Alpena, AK

I had my first prenatal check when I was four months along. (I didn’t know I was pregnant until this visit to the doctor.) My doctor found a place he needed to check again and later found out I had cervical cancer. I was advised to terminate the pregnancy so they could take care of […]

Grit Story: Rory P. from Jamestown, NY

In the spring, I was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer. My doctor agreed on hormone therapy and radiation. However, in June I was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer, which put prostate treatments on hold. I had surgery to remove the bladder cancer, but a low-grade UTI put further bladder treatment on hold. Currently waiting […]

Grit Story: David D. from Haworth, NJ

I had symptoms of colon cancer several years ago. Although a family history of colon cancer was well documented on my chart, it wasn’t until I fought for several months to see a specialist, that the Stage IIIB was determined. I had a colon resection, and six months of chemotherapy. I went from being newly […]

Grit Story: Pam G. from Scotland, South Dakota

Many years ago, we had all grown up John Wayne fans at our fathers side, but none more than my brother Jay! He was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and was treated for the next 4 years. Through all 3 remissions he was told several times he may not make it at all, and made […]

Grit Story: JoAnn D. from Gainesville, FL

I found a small lump in my left breast. When I was told it was breast cancer, I found a courage I never knew I had in me. I went through radiation and chemotherapy and lost my hair in the process.  I’m now over 30 years being cancer free and try to encourage folks to […]

Grit Story: Melinda P. from Walton, WV

Four years ago I had a CT scan because of a large cyst on my ovary. The report also showed I had nodules on my lung. Over the next 2 years, the nodules were evaluated and grew very slowly. Last year I had what was supposed to have been a Wedge Resection, but learned a […]

Grit Story: John W. from Calgary

I was self diagnosed with two types cancers that were later confirmed. With testicular cancer, the doctors wanted me in the hospital right away to prevent it from spreading. This fight was going to be a tough one, like John Wayne in one of his classic fight scenes. With stage 3 lymphoma, the doctor wanted […]

Grit Story: Lisa W. from Fort Worth, TX

During my pre-op work up prior to having knee surgery, they found a 3 cm mass in my upper right lobe. I had non small cell squamous lung cancer stage 2b. I had my right upper lobe removed and received chemo once a week for 4 months. Since then I have CT scans every 6 […]