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Bladder Cancer Survivor: ‘I had to decide what my priorities were: living, or losing my bladder’

Cynthia Kinsella didn’t sleep much the night after a biopsy revealed she had invasive bladder cancer. She calls it one of the worst nights of her life, spending much of it curled on the bathroom floor in the fetal position. She went on to create a large support network for other bladder cancer patients. Read more about her story.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Former Teacher Uses Social Media to Educate About Multiple Myeloma

Fifth grade teacher Cindy Chmielewski left the classroom when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), but didn’t stop educating others – her classroom just went virtual. Cindy is now a social media powerhouse in the MM community. Here’s her story.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Colon Cancer Survivor: ‘EVERY Voice Matters’ In Patient Advocacy

Trish Lannon was diagnosed with stage 3C colon cancer at the age of 39. The diagnosis, and treatment, changed her life, making her a patient advocate who regularly goes on Capitol Hill. Here’s her story.

By Erin L. Boyle

Life After Tonsil Cancer: One Woman’s Food Journey

When Lisa lost part of her tongue to an aggressive throat cancer, she had to get creative about food.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Rare Disease Advocate Encourages Advocating for Your Disease

Candace H. Lerman is the 1 in 10 Americans with a rare disease. Learn how she’s brought attention to her condition through advocating in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill.

By Erin L. Boyle

Building A Fitness Future With MS

Competitive bodybuilding is one way that David Lyons conquers multiple sclerosis. He also founded the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) charity to help bring his message worldwide.

By Lisa Emrich

Daily Bread: Fighting Obesity With Photography

A photographer works to illustrate cultural and social influences on family diet and health.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

One Woman’s Advice: Don’t Be Embarrassed About HPV

Danielle was too embarrassed to tell her friends she was diagnosed with HPV 12 years ago. Now, she’s raising awareness of the common virus.

By Sheila M. Eldred

How a Breast Cancer Survivor Changed a Fertility Preservation Law

When Melissa Thompson’s fertility preservation wasn’t covered by her insurance because of her breast cancer diagnosis, she took action.

By Katherine Malmo

Confronting RA by Getting Back on The Bike

The story of Randy Headrick and how a motorcross accident kickstarted his journey to living with RA.

By Pamela Kaufman