Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonials

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“Should follow-up radiation therapy become necessary, I can go into that with a lot more confidence”

Jeff Morgan believes that when you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you have a choice to go down one of two paths: you can either simply follow your doctor’s directions, or you…

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Don’s Story: Navigating Prostate Cancer Treatment

When Don Tate’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results came back borderline high, his primary physician recommended that he see a urologist to determine if he had developed prostate cancer, which approximately 13%…

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“Now that I know, I’m really glad I do.”

Jeanne Huybrechts understands the value of education. Jeanne and her husband moved from the Midwest to California several decades ago, settling in Los Angeles, where they raised their children and built careers….

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Jules & Jonie

When Julie Hess and Dr. Joanne Weidhaas met as second graders in Michigan, it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “I called her by her nickname, Jonie, and she called me…

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‘For Me, It’s Good to Know’

Stephanie Czajkowski is one of those actors who, when you see her on a television program or movie screen, you say to yourself, “Wait, haven’t I seen her before?” You probably have….

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‘It’s not only about Prevention; It’s about Enlightenment’

In 2021, Susan Levine had much to celebrate.  The Los Angeles-based luxury recruiting firm she founded in 1981 had expanded to five divisions and eight offices around the country. It had a…

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Turning Knowledge Into Action & Power

Jane* had always followed the medical guidelines, so at age 40, she started her annual mammogram screenings. In March of 2009, right before her 57th birthday, Jane went in for what she…

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Connecting a Family History of Cancer with Personal Health

Jenn Roark was only 33 when she was first diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer. She felt a hard spot on her breast, short of a lump, but decided to be safe…

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How Genetic Testing Helped Karen Navigate Her Cancer Treatment

When pathology reports from her lung cancer biopsy showed that 56-year-old Karen Peterson was positive for the KRAS oncogene, she had never heard of the KRAS protein before. Karen and her family…

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How Hazel Helped Scientists Learn More About Hormone Replacement Therapy

For women approaching or experiencing menopause, the question of whether or not to utilize hormone replacement therapy is a common one. After her hysterectomy at age 45, Hazel, now 87 years old…

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Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Cancer survivors and their loved ones are no strangers to the adverse effects chemotherapy can have on one’s body, mind, and spirit. Despite these setbacks, Mirakind community member and blogger, Heather Trojan,…

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16-Year Breast Cancer Survivor, Cathy Ledvina

The holiday season is a time of remembrance. We relive our favorite memories around the dinner table, exchange gifts with those who helped make them, and mourn those no longer with us….

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Doctor resistance to get KRAS-variant tested

Devon and her Obstetrician/Gynecologist always had a good rapport. During their decade-long relationship as patient and physician, Devon credited her doctor with maintaining her health, saving her daughter’s life despite delivery complications,…

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My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

This is Laura’s keynote address from the 2017 ACS Relay for Life, her testament to her mother, her “best friend and idol.” Her mother, Joanne Perriens’ story can be read here. Courage is defined as…

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“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

This article draws upon an interview Joanne Perriens had with our MiraGuide Amanda in June 2016. We were deeply saddened to learn that Joanne lost her battle to breast cancer shortly after…

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