Patient Stories

Breast cancer affects thousands of people across the globe, and at Henry Ford, it is our mission to provide our patients what they need -- from the most advanced treatment options to a warm, reassuring hug when needed most. Each patient’s journey is unique, and we are grateful for those who allow us to share their stories here:

Our heroes

Tracy’s story

Breast Cancer patient story, Tracy

After beating breast cancer, Tracey’s life-changing medical experience – and love of Lion’s 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.
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Darlene’s story

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Darlene never expected she’d get breast cancer, especially after genetic testing was negative following her mother’s death from breast cancer 14 years earlier. Yet, she found two lumps while performing a self-breast exam.
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Linda’s story

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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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Leah’s story

breast cancer patient leah

At just 37 years old, Leah found out she would have to battle cancer – again. Eight years after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a lump on her breast came back positive for breast cancer.
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Janet’s story

breast cancer patient janet

During a routine mammogram, Janet discovered she had breast cancer – and it changed her life forever. After undergoing treatment and a mastectomy, Janet has a new “normal” – and she’s better because of it.
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Beverly’s story


Thanks to the support she received, Beverly was inspired to help other cancer patients. Now a breast cancer spokesperson, she first started during her own treatment, arming herself with funny stories which she shared in the chemotherapy room.
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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.
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Freida’s story

Freida Green

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.
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Mary’s story

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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.
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Erika’s story

breast cancer patient erika lojko posed on wood pile with her son

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.
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Frankie’s story

breast cancer patient frankie darcell

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.
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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,” remembers Kay.
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Lynn’s story

breast cancer patient lynn walkuski cooking in her kitchen

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

breast cancer patient glenda curry and her son

How breast cancer taught Glenda Curry to appreciate every day as a gift.
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Laura’s story

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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.
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Lillian’s story

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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.
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Sharon's story

breast cancer patient sharon headshotAfter 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.
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Jessica's story

breast cancer patient holding AirXpander deviceAfter a double mastectomy for an invasive breast cancer, Jessica opted for breast reconstruction. But instead of using tissue expander implants that require needles for weekly saline injections at the doctor’s office, Jessica chose a revolutionary new device that let her control her breast tissue expansion from the comfort of home.
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