For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community
 
 
“I hope my story
can help other Cancer Fighters, facing uncertainty with their cancer diagnosis. Sharing my story means that it could have an impact on others who are going through the same experience.
—Ken Butler, Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Cancer Fighters® Stories
Take a look at some of these stories from other Cancer Fighters®. Sometimes, finding someone who has had a similar experience can help you find the strength you need to get through those tough moments. Many Cancer Fighters write down their experiences and find that sharing their story with other patients can bring hope and a feeling of empowerment to write their own story.
Our three featured stories, are from Rod Echols, Bonnie Briley and Randy Knight. Each of them has a unique story to tell. Maybe one of these stories will help you with your experience.
FEATURED STORY
KARLA BAPTISTE
“We can’t fight properly when we’re afraid. Now I want to encourage others coping with this or another cancer diagnosis to let go of that fear.”  
Read Karla’s Story
 
FEATURED STORY
ROD ECHOLS
 “My care team has gone out of its way to provide the best care possible. My doctors took whatever time was needed to answer questions.”  
Read Rods’s Story
 
FEATURED STORY
BONNIE BRILEY
 “My care team cared for me as an individual person. I wasn’t just another patient to them; I was Bonnie Briley.”  
Read Bonnie’s Story
 
RANDY KNIGHT
Cancer Type
Non-Hodgkin MALT Lymphoma
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Randy’s Story
 
NICOLLE SURRATTE
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Eastern Regional Medical Center
Read Nicolle’s Story
 
ANDREW SLACHTA
Cancer Type
Esophageal
CTCA Hospital
Eastern Regional Medical Center
Read Andrew’s Story
 
VONDA ZIMMERMAN
Cancer Type
Squamous cell carcinoma
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Vonda’s Story
 
DICK ROAN
Cancer Type
Prostate
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Dick’s Story
 
TERRY SANDERS
Cancer Type
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Terry’s Story
 
ROSE SAJUAN
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Rose’s Story
 
JANE ELTERMAN
Cancer Type
Lung
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Jane’s Story
 
ROXANNE WALING
Cancer Type
Pancreatic
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Roxanne’s Story
 
DOUG BARNHARD
Cancer Type
Kidney
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Doug's Story
 
ZITA BOZANIC
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Zita’s Story
 
HELEN AND GARY SOUTEE
Cancer Type
Breast and Lung
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Their Story
 
JACKIE OUTMAN
Cancer Type
Colon
CTCA Hospital
Midwesten Regional Medical Center
Read Jackie's Story
 
CATHERYN NICHOLSON
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Cathie’s Story
 
RITA HELFRICH
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Rita’s Story
 
CHRIS JOHNSON
Cancer Type
Breast
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Chris's Story
 
DEAN JOHNSON
Cancer Type
Prostate
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Dean's Story
 
DON DECKER
Cancer Type
Pancreatic
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Don's Story
 
JENNIFER BALAZANO
Cancer Type
Bladder
CTCA Hospital
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Read Jen's Story
 
J. PETER MOCK
Cancer Type
Pancreatic
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Johnnie's Story
 
GEORGE ALAN RADER
Cancer Type
Lung
CTCA Hospital
Eastern Regional Medical Center
Read Alan's Story
 
JASON BAROSS
Cancer Type
Lymphoma - Hodgkin's
CTCA Hospital
Eastern Regional Medical Center
Read Jason's Story
 
JOSEPH TARASCIO
Cancer Type
Liver
CTCA Hospital
Eastern Regional Medical Center
Read Joseph's Story
 
SHERYL NEWMAN-OVERTON
Cancer Type
Gynecological - Ovarian
CTCA Hospital
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Read Sheryl's Story
 
SUSAN TURNER
Cancer Type
Leiomyosarcoma
CTCA Hospital
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Read Susan's Story
 
MARK FREEMAN
Cancer Type
Lung
CTCA Hospital
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Read Mark's Story
 
JEFF AUSTIN
Cancer Type
Prostate
CTCA Hospital
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Read Jeff's Story