Getting Back Up After Cancer Knocks You Down: Melanoma Survivor Shares Post-Treatment Struggles, Successes

Written by: Chris Malina, as originally published in the winter edition of The Advances e-newsletter. In the beginning, Renee Zemke got what every newly-diagnosed cancer patient gets: the big binder full of information. It came with the usual stuff: basic definitions, locations of clinics and important phone numbers. But nothing in the materials could prepare…

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Remembrance Night Helped Me Say Goodbye

My name is Jane and I was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 on my 62nd birthday. My husband, Arnie, and I have enjoyed the many programs at Gilda’s. Plus we enjoyed the lasagna, turkey, and various other meals! The meals gave us a chance to catch up with people we’ve met thru Gilda’s programs. I’ve…

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Samantha’s Story

When I was first diagnosed in July of 2018, I was devastated! I thought there was no way that I could have breast cancer! And not just any breast cancer – Triple Negative Breast Cancer! I wasn’t sure exactly what to do or expect from this new life-changing experience, and a friend of mine had…

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Swimming 6 Miles for Jack

Cancer has always been around in my life. It’s a nasty, cruel disease. Honestly, I hate cancer more than anything. While my sister and niece are both survivors, my friend Jack wasn’t as lucky. Jack and I met many years ago as our wives had met a few months earlier through the PTA. We had…

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A Kinship of Understanding: Dick’s Story

Anybody who paints the front doors fire engine red is expecting company. As I walked through these doors for the first time on the way to a Gilda’s Club New Member Meeting, I was still reeling from the recent discovery: I have cancer. I was scared, confused, and angry that I was suddenly confronting the…

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Angela’s Story

In the summer of 2016, I was living a pretty normal 27-year-old life. My husband of two years and I were thinking about starting a family. One day while sitting at my desk at work, I absentmindedly rested my hand on my chest and felt a large mass. A couple of weeks later…

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TJ’s Story

I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2017 and given 6 – 10 months left to live even with treatment. Life felt out of control for me, my wife, and our two young children. Even with the great support of our friends and family, we were struggling to deal with it all. The Family…

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