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The Cancer Center’s Story Project is an effort to capture stories from our community of patients, friends, family, clinicians, and staff who have been affected by cancer in some way. The hope is that these stories provide insight into a person’s cancer experience, while also offering inspiration and support to others.
The Story Project is our effort to capture the stories from the people in our Mass General Cancer Center community: patients, friends, family, clinicians, and staff who have been affected by cancer in some way. Our hope is that people will benefit from sharing their stories and from reading other’s stories.
"I am more resilient than even I thought that I was. And I always considered myself as someone who is resilient, but I’ve never been through an experience like this before." Read Dianne's Story
"I already know that tomorrow is not promised… just approach it with as much positive energy as you can." Read Allison's Story
"I consider the people at Mass General family." Read Jay's Story
"More than any place I’ve ever went to, more than college, this place really colored my world a lot." Read Jordan's Story
"I decided it was time to do something, so I decided I wanted to be a volunteer…I’m the snack dude."
“Facing your mortality when you’re 20 years old is not something that most people have to do.”
“I see so many patients who freak out and I try to let them know it’s okay.”
William and Kathy Blake
"Never has either one of us said 'why me?'"
"I like that they [MGH] look at it as we’re not just treating the cancer, we’re treating the whole person with cancer."
"People who go through similar experiences, you sort of bond. You understand each other."
"My advice would be to…allow yourself to be real."
Linda and John Grosslein
“It’s going to take something way more than this to take me down. We’re going to beat this thing.”
"We’re lucky enough we get to do the fun stuff."
"I’ve learned that life is too short and there’s so much we can offer one another."
"[My grandchildren] will remember that a person with COPD for 8 years, multiple myeloma for 2, can still climb ladders, lift weight, anticipate and avoid danger and help them learn every facet of building a home for themselves someday."
“Well, okay I have cancer. Alright. I don’t worry about it at all because if anything’s wrong, I know where to go and it’ll get fixed.”
“I have the best job in the world.”
"I don’t have a choice in this diagnosis, my choice is my attitude."
“I’ve never run into a grumpy patient.”
Esther O’Dette, RN
"It’s no longer just chemo, radiation, surgery; it’s also mind, body, and soul."
"We all know what is probable, but think about what is possible."
Allison and Rich Orpen
"She has a lot of inner strength and I think that has a lot to do with why we are where we are."
Walter Richard Ristow
“About a year into my prostate cancer diagnosis, I didn’t want to be too defined by that.”
Anthony and Nina Schifone
"I’ve had quite a few experiences here and I am grateful."
"Since the beginning I have had this overwhelming feeling that no matter what, I’m not going to lose this battle."
"Some of the stories I hear from patients have helped change my perspective on how I look at life."
"You appreciate people; you appreciate how you want to spend your time: spending it with your family, your friends, your kids."
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