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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Jackie Bush: Fighting the Disease, Not the Diagnosis

    Jackie Bush found mental strength while enduring her 16-year fight against breast cancer. Her mindset, and personal mantra, “fight the disease, not the diagnosis,” has helped her cope with challenges of living with cancer long term.

    “I think my biggest suggestion to a lot of people has been to fight the disease with everything you've got in you, but don't fight the diagnosis."

    Jackie Bush
    Breast Cancer
  • Debra Campbell: Nurse Gains New Insight into Caregiving

    As a nurse and faculty member at El Centro College, breast cancer patient Debra Campbell dedicated her life to helping patients and caregivers learn and thrive. But, she found her role as a patient equally as educational as her time as a nurse.

    “It’s a cliché, but there are no stupid questions. Ask lots of questions. Make sure you’re getting mammograms and screenings on time. It’s important not to be scared, just get it done.” (Also pictured Dr. Anand Shivnani.)

    Debra Campbell
    Breast 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
  • Mallory Cox: Different Roles, One Common Goal

    Ovarian cancer patient Mallory Cox learned to utilize the compassion and expertise of her entire care team at Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center to fight her aggressive disease with greater ease.

    “At all times, I had a team of people helping me to understand.”

    Mallory Cox
    Ovarian Cancer
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient Can Attest to the Power of a Healthy Lifestyle

    Hodgkin lymphoma patient Sharon Sander can attest to the power of a healthy lifestyle as a triathlon athlete and coach. After her diagnosis, she began chemotherapy treatment and continued a training program that included swimming, running, and yoga.

    According to Dr. Lyons, “Sharon’s athletic endeavors and mental strength made her better able to tolerate the medication and their side effects.”

    Sharon Sander
    Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Olympian Earl Young’s Journey Through Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    After a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in 2011, gold medalist Olympian Earl Young found that the greatest joy of his life was still ahead of him.

    “When people ask me why they should become a donor and if there’s any risk involved, all I can tell them is: ‘You risk never being able to save a life.’”

    Earl Young
    Acute Myeloid Leukemia AML