The New Normal

June 12, 2017

A Father’s Cancer Journey

Melvin Hartman’s 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis—the result of additional tests his doctor recommended after his yearly physical—came as a complete surprise to the retired Jackson, Michigan police detective. “I was dumbfounded,” says Hartman, who was working at the time as a cold case investigator for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “No males in my family […]

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May 15, 2017

Immunotherapy: Helping the Body Heal Itself

Steve Hook is not afraid of hard work. The 41-year-old concrete mason from Ashville, New York was consistently putting in 100 hours a week to run his company, alongside his responsibilities to his family—wife, Amy, and stepsons Quincy and Nathan—when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the fall of 2011. Little did he know, […]

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April 10, 2017

From Patient to Caregiver

Shortly after Chelsea “Chuck” Glenn was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in April 2001, the doctor who performed a second set of tests said his only choices were to try to find a clinical trial or get his affairs in order. The couple seemed to be out of options—until Ann saw a commercial for […]

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March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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February 13, 2017

Don’t Forget Date Night

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma residents Cathie and Michael Nicholson have a Friday-night tradition: “We’ve been married for 11 years, and one thing we’ve been committed to from day one is having a weekly date night,” Cathie says. Taking time from their busy schedules to check in, laugh, and connect each week has remained a beloved ritual […]

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January 26, 2017

Hope on the Horizon: Helping Combat Chemo Brain

Tawana Coleman first noticed it when she couldn’t recall the words to Psalm 23 in church—a Psalm she’d known all her life. John Melotte first noticed it when his wife had to repeatedly remind him about things. His daughter asked, “What is wrong with Dad?” What they noticed was “chemo brain”—a non-medical term for the […]

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December 9, 2016

Tips for Out-Living Cancer from a Busy Mom

Katrisa Johnson has a lot on her plate. During the work week, this 41-year-old mom of five daughters and teacher often travels to visit students she mentors as a coordinator for a college and career readiness program in her home state of South Carolina. After her work day is done, she and her husband, Charles, […]

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November 14, 2016

Facing Lung Cancer and Quitting Smoking Together

Valparaiso, Indiana residents Misty and John Bergner were married on the Fourth of July, 2015, celebrating their marriage amidst the fireworks and fanfare of the national holiday. Two short months later, the couple was forced to put their vows to the test when Misty, then 35, was diagnosed with lung cancer. “It was in sickness […]

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October 7, 2016

What Does ‘New Normal’ Really Mean?

Catherine Whitley has had a busy week. The 46-year-old mother of three from Old Bridge, New Jersey, has been managing the same happy back-to-school chaos that most moms face in early September (she has two school-age kids at home and one at college), and she’s glad to have Friday in her sights. But today and […]

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September 14, 2016

The Power of Being Informed

Randy Knight hadn’t missed a day of work in 29 years when what he thought would be a short-lived bout with kidney stones became much more serious: a CT scan revealed a suspicious image in his right lung, and further testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Given his dedication to his career, it’s […]

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