Category: Survivor

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor Rob Stuardi Runs Marathon

When Rob Stuardi was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he told his wife he would run a marathon if he survived his illness. This October, Rob kept his promise to himself when he ran the 2017 Chicago Marathon with Project Purple. Rob raised over $14,000 to help others affected by pancreatic cancer and learned about himself… Read more »

Palliative Care: How Does it Help Cancer Patients?

Palliative Care is a term many cancer patients have heard but do not fully understand. When I was going through chemotherapy, I met gentleman who was also going through treatment for pancreatic cancer. He was obviously more ill than I was, so when he suggested I look into palliative care, I was confused and reluctant…. Read more »

Barry Reiter: Survivor says Never, Ever Give Up

When Barry Reiter was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2011, his doctor performed a tricky and frightening surgery to remove tumors from behind Barry’s right eye. In 2015, when Barry learned he had prostate cancer, he was very distressed to learn he would need to endure more cancer treatments. Still, he considered it more of a… Read more »

How To Cope with Cancer: Ray Barbera Chose Humor

When Raymond ‘Ray’ Barbera and his son, Michael, speak, their similarly joyful sense of humor immediately puts you at ease. The conversation comes easily and it feels like you have known them for years. It is easy to tell they enjoy laughing and making others laugh. They share an infectious sense of humor.  The two… Read more »

11 Ways to Help Out a Cancer Patient

Learning someone you love has cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. Friends and family often want to help the patient, but they are not sure what to do. People often resort to saying, ‘Let me know what I can do to help’ or ‘Let me know if you need anything’. While the people who make… Read more »