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Survivorship

Articles for those who have completed their cancer treatment.

How a social work researcher’s experience with young adult cancer informed his work

When Bradley J. Zebrack, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., was 25, he thought he might become a schoolteacher. Then he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the immune system. In an effort to cope, Zebrack went to a meeting of what would eventually become the well-known support network Cancer Support Community. This experience with social work as well as his experience with lymphoma, led him to a career of helping people dealing with cancer.

Colon cancer is impacting younger people

Briana Ratliff was in her mid-thirties when she began to notice blood in her stool and began to worry she might have colon cancer. Due to her age, her doctor dismissed her concern but she followed her instincts at got a second opinion.

Living through rectal cancer

Between September 2020 and February 2021, 20 people who’d had rectal cancer picked up the phone or joined a Zoom call and talked about their feelings. Some spoke of their immense sadness during diagnosis and treatment, others of their lingering anxiety and fear of their cancer coming back. A few felt lucky to be alive. A few wondered if death would have been better.

Coping with COVID and then cancer

Andrew Ackerman was the first COVID-19 patient to be treated with an experimental filter that reduced his inflammation, helping to save his life. Later, during his COVID recovery, doctors learned Ackerman had a lung tumor.

Bladder Cancer Survivor Jeff Owens

After learning he had bladder cancer, Jeff Owens became the patient of Todd Morgan, M.D. Dr. Morgan, and the rest of the care team, helped Jeff make treatment decisions that were right for him and his family. As part of his recovery, Jeff took up baking. During the pandemic, Jeff's hobby helped him cope with quarantine by baking bread for his friends and neighbor -- earning him the name "Breadmeister."

Thrive Spring 2022 Resources

A list of websites that provide on-line or in-person support for people experiencing a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some of these sites are cancer-specific; others are open to all cancer patients and their family members or caregivers.

Despite bone cancer and COVID, Kara Wolter kept swimming

Swimming was how Kara Wolter found solace, especially after her bone cancer diagnosis and leg amputation. But COVID often took away her safe place and delayed her Swim Across America race. Here’s how she ultimately crossed the finish line.

A neuroendocrine tumor couldn't stop this marathon runner

Robin Schroeder was determined to continue her active lifestyle, even after she underwent a Whipple, a taxing operation with a difficult recovery period.

How the Pandemic Shaped One Man’s Cancer Journey

In 25 years, Chris Cauley had never taken two weeks off of work, but in March, 2020 Cauley learned he had a squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of throat cancer. As health services were shutting down because of COVID-19, he had to learn how to be a patient.

After Surviving Hodgkin Lymphoma Twice, Olivia Goff Nurses Others

Olivia Goff faced Hodgkin Lymphoma when she was 17 with hope and optimism. When she had a recurrence of the cancer again at 21, it was more difficult for her. Even so, her goal to one day be a nurse and help children and teens kept her moving forward. Today she is a nurse at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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