Hear candid conversations between people conquering cancer – patients, their family and friends, and doctors and researchers working to help us all.
When Your Whole World Changes
Between raising her family and traveling the world for her job, Stacey White scheduled a mammogram. She was shocked when, at 41, her busy life was interrupted after doctors discovered cancer.
“Your whole world changes in that absolute moment,” says Stacey.
For the next six years, she would relive the life-altering moment again and again, remaining hopeful at every turn.
Attitude is Everything
“Being told you have metastatic cancer is very much like getting hit by a truck,” says Stacey, “but I’m here to tell you, it’s not a death sentence.”
Stacey describes the time after diagnosis until treatment ends as a race, recounting the various procedures she has endured with each diagnosis: lumpectomy, radiation, numerous surgeries, a clinical trial participation, and eventually a double mastectomy.
Stacey and Brenda also discuss how cancer impacts patients and their family psychologically.
Up late one night, Stacey discovered an architectural class she thought would be interesting. Though in the midst of treatment, she began a Master's degree program in design. Eventually, she switched careers and now works as a residential designer. It has been four years since her last diagnosis.
“Living with cancer is a real thing,” says Stacey, who after spending nearly a decade surviving cancer is “completely living what I was always meant to do.”
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One patient’s story of refusing to let cancer define her life.