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Archives for: October 10th, 2019

Voices of Rare Cancer: Lisa’s Story

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on October 1, 2019

Life was busy in 2010 with work, volunteering and engaging with our sons’ sports schedules. Being tired was just part of our eventful lifestyle. Consequently, when we received my diagnosis of stage IV intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma at the age of 46, we were shocked. We believed we were investigating… Read More

Voices of Rare Cancer: Brian’s Story

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on October 1, 2019

WHAM! The news I received from my doctor was a left hook to my temple thrown by Muhammad Ali. I was just told that I had myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). My name is Brian. It was December 2016 and my doctor at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida, Dr. David Sallman,… Read More

Voices of Rare Cancer: Susan’s Story

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on October 1, 2019

Hi! I’m Susan from Philadephia. My journey began in 1991 when I visited a local dermatologist for a strange rash that didn’t go away. That day changed my life. A biopsy was taken and I was told I had a rare form of lymphoma called cutaneous T-cell, mycosis fungoides.

CTCL/MF is… Read More

Voices of Rare Cancer: McKinnon’s Story

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on October 1, 2019

This is my story about NF2. This journey began when I was 16 and got hit in the head from a volleyball. I went into a routine MRI and came out with brain and spinal tumors, which lead the doctors at the time to conclude that I would be deaf… Read More