Cervical cancer advocacy: Turning pain into power

January 21, 2021
Patient Kate

On October 5, 2015, my OBGYN called and told me I had cervical cancer. Surreal is the best way to describe that moment. I detached from reality and remember thinking that at 30 years old, this was the end of the road for me. Sharing the news with husband, family, and friends were the worst…

Santa spreads cheer to Jimmy Fund Clinic patients

December 21, 2020
Patient Collage

Many things were different about 2020, but even a pandemic couldn’t keep holiday cheer away from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. With in-person gatherings not possible due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Jimmy Fund Clinic “elves” brought the fun to patients virtually—through Zoom Santa visits in clinic and in the comfort of their own homes….

I am Jimmy: Caesar finds love after prostate cancer

November 16, 2020

On March 24, 2016, after a routine physical, Caesar was told his PSA (prostate specific antigen) was abnormally high, leading to more tests. The result? Highly aggressive prostate cancer. It was an enormous shock for the healthy restaurant owner. “It’s terrible news when a doctor tells you that you have cancer. That’s as bad as…

Living with stage IV liver cancer

November 6, 2020

By Marie Allen-Hadge I don’t think the day you are diagnosed with a terminal disease is ever erased from memory. I remember going to the emergency room on May 31, 2019, with severe abdominal, shoulder, and back pain. After an ultrasound, lots of whispering nurses and doctors, and hours of waiting for results, I was…