Carlotta Occhiena: The Art of Living

Carlotta Occhiena: The Art of Living

On June 21, 2012, at 5 p.m., a warm summer day, my life totally changed. Before that day, I was an architect and worked in an art gallery in Torino. I was single. I lived alone with my dog and my job was my life. I used to spend 14 hours a day working, and during my...
Ivy Elkins: Hope and Action through Advocacy

Ivy Elkins: Hope and Action through Advocacy

I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer on December 26, 2013. As a healthy, non-smoking woman in my 40’s, my neck pain and elbow stiffness was initially written off as caused by stress and overuse of my iPad when planning my son’s bar mitzvah! After...
K Latzka: Traditional Treatments Saved My Life

K Latzka: Traditional Treatments Saved My Life

It’s not unusual to develop a cough during winter in New England, but mine wouldn’t go away. Hours after my doctor diagnosed acid reflux, I began coughing up blood. At age 46, I was diagnosed with stage 3A squamous non-small cell lung cancer. My husband was somewhere...
Dave: Survivor and Cancer Research Evangelist

Dave: Survivor and Cancer Research Evangelist

I remember the exact moment as if it were yesterday. I was out for dinner with friends when my cell phone rang. It was my doctor from Massachusetts General Hospital. I thought it was strange for him to call me at night. “Dave, it’s Lee. You need to come in to see me....
Elizabeth Dessureault: Research Made the Impossible, Possible

Elizabeth Dessureault: Research Made the Impossible, Possible

My name is Elizabeth Dessureault. In April of 2015, I was diagnosed with advanced stage non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer (NSCLC). As an otherwise healthy, non-smoking young adult, this news came as a complete shock. At the time I was 26 years old, just five...