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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • 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
  • Mai Fleury: Master of Calm

    Even while fighting lung, colon and bone cancer, Mai keeps her mind and life in balance by practicing yoga. Repeating these mindful movements helps her release stress and pass on positivity.

    "You have to be stress free if you can. Other than that, try to just maintain your wholeness and don’t let the outside bother you."

    Mai Fleury
    Bone Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer
  • Trent Barton: Advancing Science in Zero Gravity

    Trent had been fascinated with space travel his whole life. Imagine the thrill when his life-saving, leading-edge cancer treatment led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a chance to fly with NASA.

    "Keep a positive attitude, keep a smile on your face and keep moving."

    Trent Barton
    Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Angela Groves: Queen of “Chemo Karaoke”

    Diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, Angela Groves knew she needed to stay positive. And she knew she loved to sing. She and her sister found the perfect solution. They started Texas Oncology’s very own “Chemo Karaoke” club.

    "Hope can take you so far. Everybody at Texas Oncology wants you to be successful and everybody’s cheering for you."

    Angela Groves
    Colon Cancer
  • Charlet Tidwell: Training for Her Next Race During Chemotherapy

    A teacher, student, mom, and avid runner, Charlet Tidwell wasn’t about to let her treatment slow her down. With her son’s help, she ran her way to her biggest victory yet – over breast cancer.

    "I have cancer, but we’re going to get through it and just keep a positive attitude."

    Charlet Tidwell
    Breast Cancer