Patient Stories

Cervical cancer affects women across the globe, and each patient’s story is unique. We are grateful to our patients who have shared their stories with us on this page, to give hope to others facing a similar diagnosis.

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Wanda’s story

Cervical Cancer, Wanda's Story

Cervical cancer affects women across the globe, and each patient’s story is unique. We are grateful to our patients who have shared their stories with us on this page, to give hope to others facing a similar diagnosis.
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Linda’s story

breast cancer patient linda

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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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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Sandy’s story

Breast cancer patient Sandy Allen

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

Martha York holding picture

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.
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Mary’s story

breast cancer patient mary nameth thumbnail

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

Breast Cancer patient Lillian and husband thumbnail

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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Susan’s story

Susan Foster being interviewed

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.
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