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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats 1000th Patient

    Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the midst of his retirement, Bruce discovered the power of proton therapy, becoming Texas Center for Proton Therapy’s 1,000th patient.

    "Dr. Mangona was hands down the best aspect of this entire experience. He walked me through all my scans in great detail, explained how everything worked and gave me a high level of confidence walking into my first appointment. I still had plenty of fears – who wouldn’t? – but he made the whole process that much better."

    Bruce Chamberlin
    Head & Neck Cancer
  • Big Cancer Research Program, Small Community Setting

    Texas Oncology–Tyler patient Dwayne Collins details his experience in a clinical trial to treat multiple myeloma. 

    "Even though this was my first experience in a clinical trial, I was never anxious about the treatment involving mainline chemotherapy in combination with a new monoclonal antibody for multiple myeloma. I had faith in Dr. Yimer, and I had faith because the drug had been successful in other trials. I truly felt it was the best option and was willing to try anything,” said Dwayne Collins."

    Dwayne Collins
    Multiple Myeloma
  • 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
  • A Musician’s Guide to Healing and Hope

    Austin musician Jeannie Ramirez has always had a strong connection to music. Ever since her mom passed away prematurely from breast cancer, she channeled music as part of her healing process.

    "Music keeps you young, calm and happy. I’m here to touch people through my music."

    Jeannie Ramirez
    Breast Cancer
  • Say Yes To The Dress, My Oncologist, and the Perfect Glacier Wedding

    I’m no stranger to big news. On October 31, 2011, I got the biggest news of my life, and like every cancer patient, word of my breast cancer diagnosis left me spinning out of control.

    "When I walked through the doors of Texas Oncology in early November of 2011, freshly diagnosed, and with very little time to process what was happening, a sense of urgency, fear, and some pretty out-of-the-ordinary, out-of-control feelings flooded my brain."

    Val Jones
    Breast Cancer
  • Dave Smith: Leatherworking Texan

    During cancer treatment, Dave had to step away from his passion: leatherworking. Today, he is back in his workshop crafting and preparing for his next leather show.

    "It gives you a real appreciation of being able to step out of bed every morning, feel the carpet under your feet, and kind of stretch a little bit and say, “Another day."

    Dave Smith
    Esophageal Cancer