Tag: Patient Stories
One fall morning in 2016, Jeff Cobb, 54, was shaving, just as he did each day before heading to his job at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. But something felt off. Cobb noticed a bump on his neck, but did not think it was anything. During a routine physical exam, he mentioned it. His primary … Continued
Jack Goldstein, 14, and his family had to make sacrifices when Jack was diagnosed with leukemia. But when Jack put his schoolwork and baseball training on hold, his family and friends were there to support him, first emotionally, and then by helping raise funds for UNC Lineberger, where he was being treated for cancer.
Once cancer treatment ends, hopefully with a clean bill of health, most patients hightail it away from the hospital, putting the endless batteries of tests, needle sticks and scans in their rearview mirror. So it’s a rare patient that returns of their own volition, and rarer still, becomes a lab volunteer. But that’s exactly what David Hesmer did.
Lorelei Partin’s cancer journey has led her mom, Katie Ware, to discover a whole new community of friends and a hidden talent for fundraising along the way. Diagnosed two years ago, Lorelei cannot wait to ring the bell to mark the end of her leukemia treatments, but she’s going to miss the people at the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, including her doctor, UNC Lineberger’s Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH.
For a seasoned traveler like Anita McAllister, you’d think exploring the mountainous terrain around Machu Picchu was the most memorable and challenging experience of her life. But a breast cancer diagnosis sent her on a new journey, one that has expanded her horizons beyond the mountains of Peru and has given her a new purpose. … Continued
At age 47, Debra Jackson was diagnosed with stage I adrenal cancer. Dr. Jen Jen Yeh was able to surgically remove all of Debra’s cancerous tumor, but was worried about her patient’s overall health and ability to recover. Now, three years later, Debra has lost 175 pounds, and is living healthy, happy and cancer-free.
After years of providing spiritual guidance and counseling to UNC patients, many of whom had cancer, the tables turned on hospital chaplain Shay Greene. On Sept. 16, 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, radiation, chemo and breast reconstruction, Greene says she was changed forever. Here, she tells the story of how a pen and paper became the tools that helped her move forward in her own faith and renewed her ministry to others who are going through cancer.
Phineas was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and was not responding to the standard course of treatment. Thanks to the heroic efforts of UNC doctors, he was enrolled in a T-cell immunotherapy trial at NIH, which brought him into remission, and he is now cancer-free. UNC Lineberger is now bringing this same “wave of the future” treatment to the people of North Carolina.