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Archives for: October 13th, 2021

The Strength of Families

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on October 13, 2021

On the show today, Aprill Lane is a mother of five and rare disease and infertility advocate — and you do not want to mess with her. She and her husband, Brian, tried to have a baby on their own for 4½ years until they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Endless… Read More

Timing and Access: Katherine’s Rare Cancer Story

Written by Rohan Narayanan on September 30, 2021

I was a healthy 27-year-old with no underlying risk factors when I was diagnosed with appendix cancer. 

One evening, I started cramping in my abdomen. I thought nothing of it until the intensity increased and I could barely sit upright or walk. I called my primary care provider and she recommended I go to the emergency room,… Read More

Martin’s Fight Against Waldenstrom Macroglobulnemia

Written by Rohan Narayanan on September 3, 2021

I have been a healthy person my whole life. I never drank alcohol or smoked, and I had a good diet. In 2004, I began to have some questionable numbers on blood work, but my primary doctor could never really tell what was going on. My knees shook when I was referred to a hematologist and oncologist in 2010. I was given a diagnosis of Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). I was… Read More