Stories from Cancer Survivors
Stories From the Survivorship Program
When my son Andrew was four, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. He had a cough, and then we discovered an infection and tumor in his lung. Dr. Tilford has been Andrew's doctor since then.
When I was 3 years old, I was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. I went through about two and a half years of treatment, much of it at Doernbecher. It included a bone marrow transplant, chemo, radiation and clinical trials.
Katie K. was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) just three weeks after celebrating her 6th birthday. Concerned about a high fever, Katie’s mom had taken her to a pediatrician who ran some routine tests. The results, unfortunately, were nowhere near routine.
In 1985 I was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor. My right kidney had to be completly removed. I was only 10 years old and very scared. Back then Doernbecker was very different but still had great staff who were there for their patients.
Almost 20 years ago, I had Hodgkin's lymphoma and was treated with radiation therapy. When I recently moved to Portland, I searched for somewhere to get follow-up care: That's when I learned about Doernbecher's Survivorship Program.