It all started with a simple itch. Jason Greenspan was watching TV, thinking about his upcoming senior prom, when he scratched himself and felt a small, hard lump in one of his testicles. “I had a gut feeling it was something,” says Greenspan,…
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 Just Diagnosed with Melanoma? These 24 Messages Are for You

We deliver new health stories each week! –>   Catching melanoma early can save your life, but diagnosis is often a tricky process. After initial discovery of a suspicious mole there is a biopsy (which involves skin tissue being removed and viewed under…
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7 Cancer Survivors You Should Follow

Have you been affected by cancer or another health condition? Sign up to share your experiences with Health Stories Project! Before the 1980’s the definition of a “cancer survivor” was someone who had shown no evidence of cancer for five years. But groups like the National…
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We deliver new health stories each week! –>   Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time of anticipation. Baby showers, nurseries, and nesting all add to the fun and excitement. Even when morning sickness gets extreme, and doctors’ visits get old, it’s…
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We have a special opportunity for people with advanced melanoma to share their experiences. Learn more about how you can help educate and inspire others. “It’s nothing, I’m fine.” Sound familiar? Some people just don’t like the doctor. Whether it’s fear, busy-ness, shame,…
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Clinical Trial Participant

You would think that having all the answers, or at least some of them, would be a relief. That the old adage, “knowledge is power,” rings true regardless of the situation. However, when former operating room nurse, Christine Hanson, discovered she had stage…
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In just 224 days, Deb Fuller went from being a normal mom of two, to a mom who had lost one of her children to pediatric brain cancer. It’s normal for us to think the really bad things in life won’t happen to…
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An Impossible Question What would it take for you to transform one of your most excruciating losses into something that will benefit generations to come? For many of us that question may be too abstract to focus in on. But for Kristine Wetzel…
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Multiple myeloma chemo day

We’re seeking people living with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who want to help others by sharing their experiences. Learn more. Sitting in the doctor’s office and hearing the word “cancer” is a situation that many people dread. It’s hard to know how…
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Colleen Johnson is not your average 61 year old.  In a little less than 4 years, she went from being an overweight, arthritic, type 2 diabetic with a rare form of cancer to becoming an ultra-marathoner and cancer survivor. You may have even…
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Whoever said “laughter is the best medicine” probably wasn’t a doctor. Or at least I’m glad they aren’t one of my doctors. If I think I might have a broken leg, I’m going to the emergency room for x-rays before I start my…
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Stephen T. Marchello.

Stephen Marchello was born to play ice hockey. Like any sport, plenty of kids show the kind of raw talent that makes them seem destined to play professionally. What set Stephen apart was his indomitable spirit. “He just wouldn’t quit,” explains his father,…
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Health Stories Project Bookshelf: Talking to Children about Grandparents

Did you know that grandparents make up more than one one-third of the adult U.S. population? With increased life expectancy and aging baby boomers, we have more grandparents in this country than ever before. And this is a good thing (a perhaps a…
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Cord Blood Awareness

For Diane Paradise, an anonymous stranger’s decision to bank cord blood has provided nothing less than a new lease on life. The problems began as a lump in her underarm. Even after an early diagnosis called it a “fatty tumor” and a needle…
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Jill Conley was 31-years old when she was diagnosed with stage IIIB breast cancer. She and her husband Bart started Jill’s Wish to help others like her. You were diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer about three months after marrying your husband, Bart. Can you…
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Looking back, Debbie finds her reaction to being diagnosed with melanoma pretty hard to believe. Only 28 years old at the time, she noticed a suspicious-looking mole on her right calf (it was asymmetrical). Her instincts told her that she should get it…
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