When Kelly Barton was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2018, this once-healthy runner found herself on an unfamiliar path. She was scared, but she knew one thing for certain—she would fight the disease with everything she had. What Kelly hadn’t known at the time is that the community would support her in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
When Amber Bell learned she has stage 4 colon cancer in 2016, she was devastated by the news. One of the first concerns for this former school teacher was finding support for her three young daughters. They were scared, and they worried about what was going to happen to their mom.
Eight months ago, Beth Lewis and her husband, Kyle, received a beautiful gift—their daughter Davie. “She is the calmest baby you will ever meet,” Beth says. “She doesn’t really fuss unless she’s hungry.” As a new mom, Beth was on cloud nine, until her six-week postpartum checkup revealed something she didn’t expect. Beth learned she had cervical cancer.
Safely disposing of unused or expired medication is a common problem for patients. Law enforcement will host a Drug Take Back Day at sites across Oregon on Saturday, April 27. Any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at these sites in Lane County.
Positive Community Kitchen, a local nonprofit in Eugene, Oregon, that prepares healthy meals for people with life-threatening illnesses is in need of help. The organization's goal is to serve more people, but it needs extra hands to make that happen. Learn more about this great volunteer opportunity for teens and adults.
When Andrea Wolf was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013, she decided it was time to pursue her dreams. After serving as a patient navigator at WVCI, Andrea recently opened a shop in Springfield, Oregon, that’s helping cancer survivors in a new way—by offering post-mastectomy products in a fun, boutique setting.
When Michelle Pierson adopted a cat at an animal shelter, she was looking for a companion for her other pets. What she didn't expect was that her rescue cat, Mia, would soon rescue her by alerting her that she had breast cancer.
Patients and caregivers experience different emotions throughout their cancer journey, but both need support. Willamette Valley Cancer Institute offers support groups, and there are many available throughout the community.
When Dianne Burch was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she was unsure of what the outcome may be. Today, she is in full remission from her disease and is currently enrolled in a clinical research trial at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute in Eugene, one of five trials underway focusing on gynecologic cancers.
Cancer survivors are often told that exercise is beneficial to their recovery, but the reality of getting active or working out when you're dealing with debilitating side effects is difficult—and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program gives cancer survivors the tools to get started and the support to keep going.