Peter

Active LifeList Participant

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March of 2021 at the age of 32. I initially opted to try an alternative cancer treatment center in Arizona. It was a mix of therapies combined with chemotherapy. After I finished there I was referred to a local doctor who continued my treatment. Initially it looked like the treatment had worked but after getting a PET scan, we knew the lymphoma had come back. It was at that point I decided to go the traditional route since all of the alternative cancer treatments I had done previously had not been covered by my insurance. I started seeing a new doctor and began new treatments. My initial PET scan was great and showed no cancer, but my next PET scan in 2023 showed that the lymphoma had returned. I was then referred to my current doctor for a stem cell transplant. I was then admitted into the hospital on December 7th for the transplant and discharged on December 26th. Currently I am recovering from the effects of my transplant.

Peter’s LifeList:

  1. Wuhan Koi Cymbals
  2. Roland SPD-SX Pro Sampling Pad
  3. Toca Kickboxx Suitcase Drum Set

Quincee

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My name is Quincee, I am an almost 31 year old mother of two little girls. Back in 2021, when I was just shy of seven months pregnant, I was diagnosed with leukemia after a hematologist noticed that my blood counts were extremely low and looked off. I did a round of chemo while pregnant, had my youngest daughter, then did another two rounds of chemotherapy. I finished up my then cancer journey with another round of chemo, eight rounds of total body radiation and a successful stem cell transplant from a cord blood donor. 

I was able to have two cancer free years and took that time to restart my bridal hair and makeup business and go to cosmetology school to get my cosmetology license. When I had around 200 hours left in my program it was discovered that the cancer was beginning to come back in July of 2023. I managed to finish cosmetology school in between two more rounds of chemo and am hoping to get my cosmetology license after my next stem cell transplant.

Quincee’s LifeList:

  1. Tickets to see Usher

  2. Family trip to Legoland

Sarah

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In June of 2023, I was 22 years old and I came back to Ohio after living in Italy for seven months with my boyfriend. I was only back to complete some documents and then return in September. At the end of that month, I fell down the stairs and functionally broke my fall with my head. I ended up going to the ER to see if my brain was swelling and while my brain was fine, in a CT scan to see if I broke any neck bones, they found severe lymphadenopathy. I walked into the ER that day thinking I might have a concussion and left being told, “You could have leukemia, lymphoma, a severe infection or an inflammatory disease. In any case you need to call these offices at 8am sharp and schedule your ASAP appointments.” 

This scan led to many others, blood work that shocked everyone but the oncologists, two biopsies, a serious infection and complications from my whole lymph node biopsy, ovarian tissue freezing, and dozens of appointments. I spent all of my free time learning about different lymphomas and chemo regimens, trying to prepare myself for what might come. On July 23rd around 6pm, my primary care doctor called me and I heard that it’s bad news. I cry, “Is it Hodgkin or Non-Hodgkin?!” He says, “It’s Hodgkin.” And I wept and celebrated and danced and sang because that meant I am gonna live.

Sarah’s LifeList:

  1. Meet Rhett and Link

  2. Visit Mythical Kitchen

Sharon

Active LifeList Participant

Life has an incredible way of taking us through unexpected twists and turns. My name is Sharon, and my journey has been a testament to the strength that resides within us when faced with challenges we never saw coming. It all began on a seemingly routine day in October of 2021, when a medical procedure was meant to be the focus. Little did I know that this would mark the beginning of a battle against a rare form of cancer. I was 26 years old at the time, a proud mother of two precious children, wife to my amazing husband, and the eldest of eight siblings. Life was busy, but my family was my rock. But life had other plans for me. The procedure took an unexpected turn, and I woke up on a ventilator in the ICU. I thought that was the scariest moment of my life until more challenges emerged. Chronic pain left me unable to walk, play with my young son, or even hold my newborn daughter. Countless hospital visits followed, and it was then that I met a doctor who uttered words that shook me to my core: “Not all the results are back, but some suggest you have lymphoma cancer.” The diagnosis was a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s

Lymphoma. My journey through six rounds of chemotherapy was marked by both physical and emotional hurdles. Yet, I emerged in remission, a fighter who refused to let cancer define me. A year passed, but then came the news I dreaded – a relapse. Once again, I faced this battle head-on, with a new plan and the hope of a bone marrow transplant in hopes of curing this ugly disease.

Sharon’s LifeList:

  1. Trip to a cabin in Maine with her family

Shelby

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In March of 2023, I began having symptoms of nausea, tiredness, and unsteadiness. I even started missing many days of my senior year of high school because I couldn’t function. On Saturday, April 1st, I was on my way to go prom dress shopping, and I collapsed and could not walk. I went to the ER and started puking over and over. The ER had me take a pregnancy test and it came back positive, even though I had never had sex before. I expressed this over and over again, but the hospital claimed I was pregnant and needed to go home and prepare for my baby. Over the next four days, my symptoms became debilitating. After not being able to walk (or hardly talk) over the next five days, I visited three more ER’s, each time being denied care because they said I was “pregnant.” Finally, on April 7th, my mom lost her mind and demanded that more testing be done. At that time, a CT scan of my head was done and it was discovered that I had more than five brain tumors. I was immediately transferred to the Neuro ICU and underwent emergency brain surgery to save my life. 

After the surgery, I was added to the “brain board” of the midwest – which is the best and brightest neuro doctors/surgeons/oncologists/etc in the midwest. On April 12th, I had another brain surgery before I was transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital and began chemotherapy. I have had six rounds of chemotherapy treatment, a bone marrow transplant, and I am currently undergoing proton radiation. I have not yet recovered from the bone marrow transplant as my doctors hoped, so I might have another bone marrow transplant after my radiation is complete.

Shelby’s LifeList:

  1. VIP Trip to Universal Studios in Florida

Staci

Active LifeList Participant

Last January, when I was 36, I noticed a lump in my breast, but I convinced myself it was nothing because I was too young for cancer. In April, I knew I couldn’t put off on checking this any longer and finally went to my OBGYN. She referred me to a breast care specialist. I had an ultrasound and mammogram that came back suspicious. After having an ultrasound biopsy, I got the results, triple negative breast cancer. After that, I was immediately switched to the care of my medical oncologist and started the process to freeze my eggs, in case the chemo completely destroys my fertility. Unfortunately after two tries I was only able to get one egg, but at least I have that one chance. I started chemotherapy in July. Because of the severe side effects, I had to take a leave of absence from my job as a fourth grade teacher and move back in with my parents. I have just finished six months of chemotherapy. As long as I stay healthy until February, I will be having a double mastectomy with expanders. I won’t know about possible radiation and future chemotherapy needed until after surgery.

Staci’s LifeList:

  1. A trip to Disneyland with her family

Stephanie

Active LifeList Participant

I was diagnosed with stage llA breast cancer (hormonally driven) at the age of 29 after finding a lump in my left breast while doing a self exam. I was diagnosed two months before my original wedding date, but as to not postpone treatment, my husband and I moved our wedding date up a month to share our special day with our loved ones. As we had been looking forward to starting a family, we began the IVF process days before our wedding in hopes to eventually have children despite having to go through chemotherapy treatment.

I underwent chemotherapy treatment beginning on July 3rd, and rang the bell on December 14th. I also receive injections every few weeks to keep my body in menopause. While being treated this fall, I continued to work as an 8th grade math teacher. Though it has been a tough journey, with many changes to our life plans, I am very grateful for all the support from my husband, family, friends, colleagues, and students. I am looking forward to taking the next steps in my treatment plan to get healthy.

I have completed 16 rounds of chemotherapy. I have a double mastectomy scheduled in January in order to lower the risk of my breast cancer returning or spreading. I will keep receiving injections monthly, and will be on medication for the next few years to block the effects of estrogen on the hormone receptor positive breast cancer cells.

Stephanie’s LifeList:

  1. A Peloton bike

Brittany

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I was 30 years old in February 2023 when I discovered a knot on my back and on the left side of my neck. We ran a few tests and biopsies, and finally, in May 2023 it was determined that the knot was stage III melanoma. I had three rounds of chemotherapy, and in September 2023, I had a level five neck dissection. I recently just finished my very first brain scan, and I have my PET scan and first physical therapy appointment coming up. After another appointment with my oncologist, I will know if I need to proceed with more rounds of chemotherapy or radiation.

Brittany’s LifeList:

  1. Visit Times Square with her son

Treyvon

Active LifeList Participant

Hello, My name is Treyvon and I’m 24. The day I was informed that I had cancer was May 19th, 2023, but I had reason to be concerned far earlier. I had initially gone to see a specialist regarding some lumps in my neck in November and was given an all-clear after a liquid biopsy in December of 2022. After a few months, a change of states, a new primary care doctor, and the lumps in my neck growing larger, I was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Later I was told that I was at Stage 4 Cancer, with it having spread into my right shoulder.

However, I feel that given enough time – and maybe because my doctor has been so optimistic about my chances – I’ll beat cancer and return back to my daily life.

Jadyn

Active LifeList Participant

Cancer came out of nowhere for me. I was in middle school when I started feeling pain in my  arm that would not go away. After several tests, doctors told me I had leukemia. This was the first time I saw my mother cry. Since then my mom has been by my side through every doctor appointment, chemotherapy treatment- literally everything! She rearranged her entire life for me. 

This road has been tough and I’ve had to give up a lot, but I have also learned to appreciate life on life’s terms. I know one day I will beat cancer. Until then, through the awful side effects, the pain, the missing out, and crying, I will fight with everything I have.