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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Suzie Oden: Overcoming a Family History of Cancer

    Suzie Oden’s unexpected emergency room visit prompted discussion about her long family history of cancer, Dr. Thomas Gregory recommended genetic testing – a moment that shaped Suzie’s own cancer journey.

    "Many people think cancer is a death sentence, but I never thought it was."

    Suzie Oden
    Breast Cancer
  • An ‘Insider’s View’ of Cancer Care

    When healthcare providers need care, the perspective is different. Clinical nurse specialist Eddie Maraboto found himself in a role reversal situation after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

    "Being a nurse and having worked in a hospice and helping my mom and grandfather through their cancer, I’ve been involved in oncology care. Right away, I saw the team environment at Texas Oncology and found it reassuring."

    Eddie Maraboto
    Testicular Cancer
  • Fighting Like a Superhero

    Superhero dad Juan Molina treasures time on the soccer and football fields with his kids. After a kidney cancer diagnosis left him sidelined, he received some of the newest forms of treatment at Texas Oncology, including immunotherapy.

    "I see my kids’ faces and I’m kind of like a superhero to them, like Superman,” said Juan. “So, it helps me to keep fighting, for my family. I wear a Superman shirt all the time. I’m their superhero."

    Juan Molina
    Renal Cancer
  • Solving a Fifteen-Year Mystery

    For prostate cancer survivor David Tull, cancer treatment has led to some difficult days, but having a dedicated partner by his side and a strong faith has made a world of difference – especially when his illness became a 15-year medical mystery.

    "My wife is my A.G.A. – Advocate Guardian Angel. She's been on this 15-year journey with me, and I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world."

    David Tull
    Prostate Cancer
  • 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