WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SURVIVOR
Women's Cancer Survivors - Finding the strength
To honor Women's Cancer Awareness, we invite you to explore four stories about patients who have survived a diagnosis of ovarian or breast cancer after treatment at the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center.
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Mollie Jarret is a retired school teacher and grandmother whose initial fear after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer turned to resolve when she decided to continue embracing the things she loved to do, like running—no matter the weather, her diagnosis or her mood.
Kristin Crosland leaned on the support of friends, her love of horses and the strength of her “inner warrior” to cope with a diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer. “It gives me incredible strength,” she says of her identity as a warrior.
After being successfully treated for breast cancer, Paula Pretlow learned how to slow down and more fully appreciate the things in life that bring her joy. “When I hear the word ‘survivor,’ [I think] ‘Okay, what's next?’ I've moved through the surviving to thriving.”
Parul Somani, a new mother whose breast cancer diagnosis during pregnancy inspired her to share her story with others. Starting a blog during her time in treatment at the center, she found a love of writing and a way to document the experience for women battling the disease. “It's a sense of responsibility to share my experience with others in a way that will inspire or be educational to them,” she says.
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