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:
Faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, Katie Britton turned to resources at the Mass General Cancer Center to help keep her mind and body well during treatment.
A colon cancer diagnosis was no match for airline pilot and member of the Air National Guard, Rick Mastalerz. Read about Rick and his wife Sally’s cancer experience at the Mass General Cancer Center.
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.
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."
"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."
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."
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
Breast cancer: Dianne Austin | William & Kathy Blake | Katie Britton | Anne Bunn | Lauren Corduck & Bob Cooperstein | Melissa Dupuis | Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Allison John | Stefanie London & Jonathan Reich | Michelle Wong
Esophageal cancer: Bob O'Mara
Proton therapy: View proton therapy patient stories
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