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Cancer patients often find hope and inspiration from the personal stories of others who have faced cancer.

Debbie Ontiveros Carter
Debbie Ontiveros Carter - Colon CancerColon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths with more than 50,000 deaths each year. Debbie Ontiveros Carter has a special notoriety regarding the devastating disease—she was diagnosed with advanced and metastasized cancer at the premature age of 34. Debbie’s oncologist, Dr. Jorge Nieva, says what makes the Billings woman truly unique is her young age at diagnosis and her survival. Read More
Jane Howell
Jane Howell - Breast CancerIn the spring of 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute announced encouraging findings for cancer survivors. The study indicated the number of survivors increased by 20 percent in just six years. Today, almost 12 million Americans have survived the disease since 2007. The implications suggest that cancer is treatable on an ongoing basis for many. Read More
Pat Romsos
Pat Romsos - Chronic Lymphocytic LeukemiaLiving with cancer. That’s what I have been doing for the past 15 years. In 1995 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After prostate surgery, my doctors discovered chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in a lymph node that they biopsied. Read More
Daryl Sather
Daryl Sather - Non-Hodgkin’s LymphomaMy name is Daryl Sather and I’m a 63-year-old small grains farmer who lives north of Havre, Montana, near the Canadian border. I have been a survivor of non-Hodgkins lymphoma since June 2008. I have traveled more than five hours each way to Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, multiple times for my diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapies and follow-up care. Read More
Mitzi Vorachek
Mitzi Vorachek - Ovarian CancerMitzi Vorachek and her husband, Jim, left big city jobs in Houston, Texas, and moved to Red Lodge, Montana, with plans to hike, ski, fish and travel together. When Mitzi was diagnosed with ovarian and endometrial cancers at age 57 she said, “I realized my mortality in spades! I knew I might not see my dreams lived out. Jim’s and my life changed forever.” Read More
Lora Wingerter
Lora Wingerter - Three-time Cancer SurvivorLora Wingerter’s first job outside of homemaking was driving a truck. After she tipped over eight tons of sugar beets on a back road outside of Joliet, she worked as a “tooth and gold girl” for a local dental supply company. Her next position found her taking care of people at a nursing home. “I got into nursing because I needed a job.” Read More
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