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Survivor Story: Stacey Keck

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Survivor Story: Stacey Keck

  My name is Stacey Keck.  In November of 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Cervical Cancer.  The 7cm tumor was too big for surgery so the doctors at Siteman Cancer Center determined that I would do Chemo, external radiation, and internal radiation simultaneously.    This meant daily trips to St. Louis for the next 8 weeks.  It also meant I would not be able to work.  There were so many complications and multiple inpatient stays.     I was out of work for 6 long months.  I had fought hard and in May it looked like the cancer was...

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Survivor Story: Sheri Boothe

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Survivor Story: Sheri Boothe

  Written by  Geri Thompson   Sheri Boothe has spent her entire adult life serving others as a nurse at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.    Sheri’s personal life has also been spent supporting her husband in his career first as a military police officer in the United States Marine Corp and then moving into the civilian world as an Illinois State Trooper.    She has spent the last 24 years serving others. Now is the time for us as a community to give back to this very generous person as she fights for her life after being diagnosed with...

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In Loving Memory: Emmy Olson

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In Loving Memory: Emmy Olson

Written by Tracie Olson   Emmy is the 1 year old daughter of Ryan and Tracie Olson.  She is fighting cancer and is headed to the Mayo clinic.  Feb. 6th she was diagnosed with germ cell cancer it has spread throughout her pelvis, liver and lungs.  The initial treatment was 3 days of treatment, 3 weeks off, and repeated 3 times. This didn't work!  Emmy was in the hospital the first time until the 19th of Feb. and numerous times since.  April 11th her tumor marker went down to 68.8.  They were at 118,322 on February 2nd.   Surgery was on...

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Survivor Story: Crystal Brown

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Survivor Story: Crystal Brown

Written by Crystal Brown Contributed by Tammy York   Hi, my name is Crystal Brown.  In May of 2018 I noticed a small lump in my right breast.  By early June it had more than tripled in size.    On June 29th I had a biopsy done on my right breast and a lymph node under my right arm.  On July 3, 2018 I received a call that the results came back and that I had stage III breast cancer.    Soon after I received the diagnosis I had my first doctors appointment to talk about all the treatment options. ...

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Survivor Story: Crystal Brown

Posted by Pete Visintin on

Survivor Story: Crystal Brown

  Written by Crystal Brown Contributed by Tammy York   Hi, my name is Crystal Brown.  In May of 2018 I noticed a small lump in my right breast.  By early June it had more than tripled in size.    On June 29th I had a biopsy done on my right breast and a lymph node under my right arm.  On July 3, 2018 I received a call that the results came back and that I had stage III breast cancer.    Soon after I received the diagnosis I had my first doctors appointment to talk about all the treatment...

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