Author: KCCure

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Ken’s Story

To everyone out there that may be facing this dreaded disease. First I’m sorry you have to join this kidney cancer patient group. Second and most important never give up! You can beat cancer. I am! Hello my name is Ken and this is my story. My journey into the dark and uncertain world of Kidney Cancer began sometime over the summer of 2012. I say sometime because this is when I believe the s...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Sallie’s Story

Sallie shares her cancer journey that started with finding a “hijacker” on her kidney.   In November of 2018, my legs went out from under me when I received a call from my doctor.  He told me that the CT scan for my tummy was fine, however they had found RCC on my left kidney.  I was buying groceries for Thanksgiving at the time, and I will never forget that moment.  I pulled myself to...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – John’s Story

Kathy Sweeney Cunnius shares her husband John’s story. My name is Kathy Sweeney Cunnius and I have been married for 23 years to my husband and my best friend. John never had an ailment during our entire marriage.  If he got a cold, that was a lot.  He did get shingles a few years back, and I said that’s shingles and he said no its not and waited a week to go to the doctor and guess what, it ...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Michelle’s Story

My name is Michelle Morris and I am 46 years old.  I have been married for 21 years to Gregory Morris (age 54) and we have two sons, Trevor (age 20) and Gunnar (age 15). This is my cancer story. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 38 years old.  I hurt all over, all the time.  I would report each month that I went to my rheumatologist what joints were hurting.  I started having th...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Paula’s Story

My family has been my biggest support as well as KCCure Throughout the month of October 2018 I had been traveling back and forth to Nashville, TN for my work as a retail manager. On October the 18th I had been having tachycardia and chest pains for about 3 days with heart rate in the 130s and up, so on the advice of my doctor I went to ER. Once in the ER my heart was checked and EKG was fine no wo...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Ted Engel’s story

Ted Engel shares his five year kidney cancer journey, and how participating in a clinical trial has left him free of disease. On the morning of January 10th, 2014 I entered the exam room expecting to get an ultrasound to confirm an issue with my gall bladder.  I had been feeling nauseous for a few weeks and my family doctor had ordered this test. I chatted with the tech as she went about her exam ...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Ralph & Anne Groves’ Story

Thanking Ralph and Anne Groves for sharing their kidney cancer journey! In November 2011 Ralph’s routine physical turned into a quick removal of a football size tumor from his kidney. The doctor came out to the waiting room and said it was a difficult removal, they tried their  best to get clean margins, but there may be “TRACE CELLS” left   I asked if he was still unconscious and the ...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Charlene’s Story

My name is Charlene and I am 60 years old. Three years ago in February 2015 I had my left kidney removed along with a 4 cm tumor that was sitting on my renal vein. My story began like everyone else but had a different ending for which I am very grateful. I scheduled an annual physical in December of 2014, because I hadn’t gone to see my doctor for three years. I was in good physical shape, ate wel...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Brianna’s Story

Now I feel called to spread awareness and learn as much as I can about this disease, and to spend everyday really living because of what I went through. My name is Brianna Rose and I’m 25 years old. I went to the hospital in January of 2018 for pneumonia. I had just married the love of my life in December. My husband Jacob, and I had been together for six years and finally decided it was time to t...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Lane’s Story

Taking Time to be Grateful during the Struggle  Lane has Stage 4 Papillary RCC (PRCC) and recently completed immunotherapy with Opdivo and Yervoy. His daughter Stephanie share’s his story.Lane and his wife, Lu, have three kids, four grandkids and a great grandson. My dad, Lane, says that this is not like the other times. First time there were pretty clearly presented options for treatment an...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – JR’s Story

JR is a stage 4 kidney cancer patient.  He shares the story of his diagnosis and how a positive attitude and faith has helped him stay hopeful for the future. Stay positive and trust in god, it will help more than you can imagine. November 2017 is the start of my story. Treated for bronchitis and checked for the flu. Still just didn’t feel right. Steroids would help for a few days then right back ...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Qing Zhang Lab

Qing Zhang, PhD is an Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacology at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He and Xianming Tan, PhD are the recipients of KCCure’s 2018 Innovation Award. On March 1st, KCCure had the opportunity to tour the Qing Zhang Lab at UNC, meet the entire research team and talk directly with Dr. Zhang about his research...

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