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Stories of Inspiration

Stories of the fighters, believers, and survivors who've inspired us with their determination and hopeful spirit.

  • Maria Herrera: Confidence in Her Care During COVID-19

    Maria Herrera’s cancer journey hit an unexpected obstacle when COVID-19 temporarily halted her scheduled surgery. Maria’s trust in her care team and confidence in her treatment outcome helped her continue to fight despite facing uncertainty.

    “I always felt safe. Drs. Terry, Sri, and my entire team, worked together so well and made sure I was comfortable. You get peace of mind it’s going to be okay.”

    Maria Herrera
    Breast Cancer
  • Samantha Villalobos: Why I Refused to Let COVID-19 Define My Cancer Journey

    Fighting cancer during COVID-19 challenged ovarian cancer survivor Samantha Villalobos to lean on the support of her family, friends, and her physician and care team at Texas Oncology. Here she shares her cancer journey with hopes of inspiring others.

    “Dr. Ward made me a promise that we’d fight my cancer together, and she kept it."

    Samantha Villalobos
    Ovarian Cancer
  • Rita Stuart: Building a Team to Tackle Cancer Together

    Rita Stuart found comfort, trust, and transparency through her care team at Texas Oncology–Sugar Land. Because of the relationships she built, she was better equipped to tackle treatment and recovery.

    “Dr. Sethi answered all of my toughest questions, patiently explained every piece of my treatment, and made me feel empowered and in control. Absolutely that helped in my recovery.”

    Rita Stuart
    Colon Cancer
  • Nancy Littlejohn: From Vice President to Patient

    For Nancy Littlejohn, a trip to the emergency room with what she thought were symptoms of a heart attack ended up launching a cancer journey that would take her life and career down a path she never expected. Fast forward nine months and Nancy is closing in on her final chemotherapy treatment with Dr. Muffaddal Morkas and her care team at Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City.

    "Once I understood the extent of my diagnosis, I knew an in-depth conversation with my employers was necessary. Fortunately, they were prepared for it, which was incredibly helpful as I tried to figure out next steps for all aspects of my life, including work."

    Nancy Littlejohn
    Leukemia
  • Barry Halley: Staying Strong Throughout Treatment

    As a military veteran, Barry Halley has always lived a healthy, active lifestyle. But it wasn’t until after serving in Afghanistan that Barry found himself in his toughest fight yet.

    "Don't give in, don’t let cancer win. Don’t let it steal your joy. Always attack life with energy and zest."

    Barry Halley
    Lung Cancer
  • Patients Helping Find Cures in Houston

    Prostate cancer patient Jon Nicholson had never considered participating in a clinical trial, but after enrolling at his physician’s recommendation, his experience surpassed his expectations. Jon responded well to the trial and loves that he is helping advance research for prostate cancer to help future patients.

    "Dr. Doshi was phenomenal every time we met,” Jon Nicholson said. “She is incredibly encouraging, positive, and patient. She walked through every question I had to make sure I felt comfortable and confident moving forward. The whole trial was handled beautifully."

    Jon Nicholson
    Prostate Cancer