Patient Stories

Find strength and hope from these breast cancer survivors. 

Breast cancer touches the lives of thousands of patients throughout Michigan each year. Our mission is simple: Provide our patients whatever they need during this difficult time in their lives, from advanced treatments to a reassuring hug.

Each patient has their own unique journey, from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship. We are grateful to those who allow us to share their stories.

Our breast cancer heroes

Kim's story

Kim Krygier says she felt safe and protected – like she was in the eye of the storm – while receiving chemotherapy during the coronavirus public health pandemic. And she never had to miss a treatment, thanks to enhanced safety measures that continue to deliver uninterrupted cancer care in the face of COVID-19.

Miranda's story

Miranda was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 35, with no family history or risk factors. She turned to the Henry Ford Cancer Institute's multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic, where she was able to meet in one visit with her whole care team and a panel of cancer specialists mapped out a clear, coordinated care plan.

Lillian's story

Prior to Lillian’s appointment, the entire breast cancer team met as part of a tumor board to discuss Lillian’s case and map out the best course of treatment for her. Then, during her clinic appointment, all members of her team met with her to discuss her options.

Laura's story

When Laura was told she’d need chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, she decided to dig into her pocket for an innovative ice-free cool cap to save her hair, not a wig.

Tamika's story

When shoulder pain from a rotator cuff injury sent Tamika to the doctor for an MRI, it revealed more than she expected: a tumor in her breast. Now she's sharing what gave her strength to keep going during treatment to offer hope to others facing a cancer diagnosis.

Cyndi's story

Cyndi Preiss was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast and underwent surgery, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation. Through it all, her spirit never faltered. 

Sandy's story

Shortly after the opening of Henry Ford Allegiance Plastic Surgery in November 2017, Sandy Allen was the first woman to have breast reconstruction surgery in Jackson, Michigan. Being the first didn’t concern her at all, though, because she had faith in plastic surgeon Shoshana Ambani, MD.

Susan's story

An active outdoor lover, Susan Foster enjoys kayaking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, camping and hiking. Following her breast cancer surgery and treatment, Susan celebrated with her first parasailing adventure.

Sharon's story

After twice beating uterine cancer, Sharon was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Sharon’s breast cancer team took an aggressive approach to treatment, ensuring she would become a three-time cancer survivor.

Glenda's story

When his latest stent procedure failed, Evan was given a few options, none of which fit his active lifestyle. He found a better option at Henry Ford.

Lynn's story

A second opinion for breast cancer had Lynn on the road to recovery in 16 days.

Kay's story

Every year, Kay Bussey is vigilant about her annual mammogram. This year was different. Her doctor recommended an ultrasound, and then a biopsy. “It was reality that I had cancer. I needed to figure out where to go from there,” Kay remembers.

Erika's story

Erika Lojko was just 35 years old when her world was turned upside down. After the unexpected passing of her husband, she was left wondering how she would raise her young son alone. Little did she know, just one week later she would be faced with another battle: beating breast cancer.

Mary's story

To help her visualize defeating her tumor, Mary decided to name it Squidward, after the “pessimistic and irritating” character from the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants." Although she had battled breast cancer in 2005, this diagnosis was much different.

Martha's story

For years, Martha York was concerned about a hardness she noticed in her right breast, even though her regular mammograms all had "normal" results. At the encouragement of a good friend, Martha finally sought the opinion of a general surgeon.

Tracey's story

After beating breast cancer, Tracey’s life-changing medical experience — and love of Lions football — inspired her to join Game On Cancer, an initiative with the Henry Ford Cancer Institute and the Detroit Lions to raise funds for research and patient needs.

Frankie's story

Radio and TV personality Frankie Darcell has devoted more than a decade to raising community awareness about the importance of regular mammograms. So, when her routine mammogram revealed breast cancer, she decided to share her personal treatment journey to continue to educate others.

Freida's story

During a routine mammogram, Freida discovered she had breast cancer. But not even surgery and treatment could keep the 40-year volunteer away from the patients and staff at Henry Ford Hospital for very long.

Sara's story

At 35, Sara was pregnant when she was diagnosed. Having no family history of breast cancer, she was shocked — but thanks to the care she received during her pregnancy, Sara delivered a healthy baby girl, Adeline Faith, at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Linda's story

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Linda was healthy and busy raising her four children. She ate healthy, didn’t smoke or drink and went in for routine medical checkups. That’s when she got the life-changing news.

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