The Story Project
Everyone has a story to tell.
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. View our newest stories:
Diagnosed with young-onset colorectal cancer at 29 years old, Alexa shares her journey navigating motherhood, cancer treatment, and advocating for others.
As a non-smoker with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, stage 1 lung cancer was never on Kelley's radar. Following her diagnosis, she realized that helping others gave her purpose.
Months after college graduation, Mass General employee Erin Morrissey was diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer. Erin shares more about working and living with cancer as a young adult.
When new mother Melissa Dupuis was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to Mass General Cancer Center where she received the latest treatments, including proton therapy, to treat her cancer.
Pregnant with her first child, Lindsay Strauss was diagnosed with a brain tumor and treated with proton therapy at Mass General Cancer Center.
"There is a lot of uncertainty. I was 35 when I was diagnosed…that was the toughest part - figuring out how do I make my life still happen while dealing with this diagnosis."
Robbie Hutchison and John Hartley
"With both of us having cancer, there comes a deeper relationship. It’s different. It’s not ideal, but it’s all good in a way…in ways you’d never expect."
I’ve learned that life is too short and there’s so much we can offer one another.
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"The power of positive thinking and living each day to the fullest is how I live my life now. I'm not going to waste any days, I'll tell you that right now."
Maryann Fitzgerald and Dr. Justin Jordan
“I know when [Dr. Jordan] talks about others who have gone through this, he knows we are all different. He treats me as an individual, as if I’m the first person to ever have a brain tumor."
"Cancer has opened up a whole new door to something I was never open with in the past - sharing my personal life."
"If I see someone who isn’t smiling, I try and find the problem. Is she sad? I want to help."
Anthony and Nina Schifone
"I’ve had quite a few experiences here and I am grateful. That’s my story."
"I decided it was time to do something, so I decided I wanted to be a volunteer…I’m the snack dude."
"Since the beginning I have had this overwhelming feeling that no matter what, I’m not going to lose this battle."
Thank you to all of our patients, families and staff who have shared their stories with us. Our hope is that these stories provide insight into a person’s cancer experience, while also offering inspiration and support to others.
Browse all Story Project stories:
Adrenal cancer: Erin Morrissey
Bile duct cancer: Geri Keegan
Bone cancer: Trudi Fondren | Anthony & Nina Schifone
Bone marrow transplant: Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Laura Melancon
Breast cancer: Dianne Austin | William & Kathy Blake | Anne Bunn | Lauren Corduck & Bob Cooperstein | Melissa Dupuis | Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Allison John | Stefanie London & Jonathan Reich | Michelle Wong
Colorectal cancer: Lauren Hindman | Alexa Morell
Esophageal cancer: Bob O'Mara
Lung cancer: Kelley Jones | Linnea Olson | Allison & Rich Orpen | Jay Petri | Jerry Remy | Anthony & Nina Schifone
Lymphoma: Eve Barkin | Laura Melancon
Melanoma: Linda & John Grosslein | Elana Schwam
Multiple myeloma: Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Bill McKay | Robert McLean | Jean Moore
Neuro-oncology: George Conti | Maryann Fitzgerald & Dr. Justin Jordan | Anthony & Nina Schifone | Nikki Schindler & family | Lindsay Strauss | Kent Taylor | Jordan Weil
Ovarian cancer: Lauren Corduck & Bob Cooperstein | Diana Masood & family | Iris Martinez | Kimberly Zukerberg
Prostate cancer: William & Kathy Blake | Walter Richard Ristow
Psychiatric oncology: Amy Corvelyn, MSW | Stefanie London & Jonathan Reich
Staff: Natasha Barthe | Amy Corvelyn, MSW | Trudi Fondren | Maggie Joyce, RN | Dennis Lynch | Nicole Laurino, RN | Laura Melancon | Kerri Molloy | Mac Moore | Cat Neville | Esther O'Dette, RN | Bob O'Mara
More stories: Karen Coveney | Kathryn Goettsch | William Santoro
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