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Grateful Patients

He Found a Home Away From Home

A recently retired electrician whose roots on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast date back five generations, Ken Baysden loves to take his boat out fishing around the cut banks of Bogue Sound. He grew up on the water and doesn’t like to be away for too long. But last summer a six-week series of...

Dream Vacation Turns Nightmare For Virginia Couple

Celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary, in May 2016 Greg Ryan and his wife, Terry, took off for a dream vacation to Kauai, a Hawaiian island boasting a tropical rainforest, towering cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls. While travel guides promised the legends of the Na Pali Coast would transport...

Locks of Love

Leslie Love, 59, has been volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for more than 11 years now, assisting patients in the chemo room at the Morris Cancer Clinic. She never thought that she would flip to the other side. But in November 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer...

Living Well With Brain Metastasis

Doris Schneider of Lumberton, North Carolina, had a cough that wouldn’t go away. Doctors diagnosed her with stage 4 lung cancer that had already spread (metastasized) to her brain. “I was devastated,” Schneider says. “Before I actually got to see an oncologist, the doctors all said, ‘You need to...

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of...

Patients Quit At Duke

Most smokers have tried to quit. They know it’s one of the best things they can do for their health. But ask any smoker — quitting isn’t easy. According to the American Cancer Society, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Finding A Way

On an unseasonably warm February night, Pam Kohl tells a group of 20 of her most important friends that she has just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her friends are members of the organizing committee for the May 2017 annual Triangle Race for the Cure, the largest fundraiser of the...

Personalized Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Equals Peace of Mind

Shanel Wilson-Poe, 43, knows that one-in-eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and she doesn’t want to be one of them. So, when her annual mammogram — her first ever mammogram — and a biopsy back home revealed abnormalities, she was concerned. Following the...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

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