Everyone’s journey with cancer is unique. Sometimes, the paths that others take can inspire, engage and inform us about our own situations and lives. With the help of Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, these brave people looked cancer in the face and defied it with their hearts, minds and bodies. Their stories are filled with information, encouragement and hope—the key ingredients in a recipe for a successful fight against cancer.

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Jean Colman swears by her simple anti-cancer diet
Making diet part of your strategy to fight cancer doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Jean Colman eats lots of fruits and vegetables to help her body withstand her annual chemotherapy treatments and fight her slow-growing cancer. But she doesn’t count calories or much else. She and naturopathic physician Mark Gignac offer practical tips on how to eat healthy the simple way, without math. Click here to read more of Jean’s story.


Aaron Barrett’s pancreatic cancer leads to study of new treatment
When Aaron Barrett first came to Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, he had to be wheeled in on a stretcher. He’s now living at home, exercising regularly and inspiring others to beat the pancreatic cancer odds. Dr. Ben Chue describes how Aaron’s cancer treatment led to a promising new protocol. Click here to read more of Aaron’s story.



Kathy Lingo gets a handle on stress
The year leading up to Kathy Lingo’s diagnosis of breast cancer was filled with grief and emotional pressure. But she learned to reduce stress and help her body fight her life-threatening disease. Social worker and Director of Mind-Body Medicine Robin Adler offers tips to help patients relax and work on healing during this most stressful of times. Click here to read more.



Linda Clark finds hope in promising pancreatic cancer treatment
When Linda Clark was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a dire prognosis, she refused to give in to anything but hope. And that’s what she found with Dr. Ben Chue, an oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. Chue’s experimental treatment and its success with Clark has given her new hope. Over a year later, Clark still travels to Seattle weekly for cancer treatments. She has goals and plans to go back to school to start a new career. Click here to read more of Linda’s story.


Ellen Chung chooses to live life one day at a time
A positive outlook can make a big difference in the effect of cancer treatments. While some might see a cancer diagnosis as the end, Ellen Chung leaped forward and discovered the joys of gardening, baking and sewing. Her attitude has kept her sanguine in the face of lung cancer and allowed her to find new pleasures in life. Click here to read more of Ellen’s story.



Jeannie Dews shares her story of faith
For survivors, sharing experiences can be as good for the speaker as it is for the audience. Her former doctors had gently suggested Jeannie Dews forego painful treatments and enjoy what time she had left. But her faith, her friends and her team at the Clinic helped her rekindle her hope. Now she’s sharing her story to inspire hope in others. Click here to read more of Jeannie’s story.



Dave Matthews beats the odds and finds hope
When one doctor told Dave Matthews that even with chemotherapy, his life expectancy could be measured in months, Matthews search for second opinions led him to the Clinic. He began cancer treatment and complimentary therapies that gave him another powerful ally against his disease—hope. Click here to read more of Dave’s story.



Paula Jones Gardiner’s poetry rides the bus
Art can be a powerful outlet for cancer survivors trying to process what’s happening to them. Paula Jones Gardiner combined her experiences with breast cancer, her passion for gardening and her love of words into poetry. For a year, riders aboard public transit buses read and were touched by her verse. Click here to read more of Paula’s story.



Cate Koler uses varied arsenal in her cancer battle
On every level, Cate Koler equates fighting cancer to being a warrior. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she thought it imperative to enter the battle with a diverse arsenal of weapons. She found that at the Clinic, where she was able to combine oncology with complementary therapies. The latter helped her avoid the sometimes debilitating side effects that often accompany chemotherapy. Click here to read more of Cate’s story.


Kevin Dixey defies a dismal diagnosis to become a dad
Kevin Dixey refused to accept a dismal cancer diagnosis that called for the removal of his bladder and prostate. His determination to find alternatives—and leave his fertility intact—led him to the Clinic, which treated him without radical surgery. He is now cancer-free and a father. Click here to read more of Kevin’s story.



Colleen Webster learns to be the pilot of her own care
Over a 10-year period, Colleen Webster walked away from a string of doctors who frowned at her insistence on participating in her own care. She found a decidedly different attitude at the Clinic, where professionals not only accepted her involvement, they encouraged it. Click here to read more of Colleen’s story.



Crystal Sholin finds support through long-distance cancer treatment
Support from family and friends can make a huge difference in the success of patients undergoing cancer treatment, particularly if that treatment is hundreds of miles away. Crystal Sholin’s family made her long-distance care possible. The comfort of knowing her children were in good hands enabled Crystal to travel to Seattle to get the kind of care she couldn’t find at home in Alaska. Click here to read more of Crystal’s story.


Milton Nazarenus turns to natural therapy
Milton Nazarenus didn’t want to go the traditional chemotherapy route. He saw Clinic naturopathic physician Paul Reilly, who put him on a diet that favored fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts. Milton stuck to the diet as well as a regimen of cancer-fighting herbs and supplements, including vitamins A and C to boost immunity. His tumors started to shrink. Click here to read more of Milton’s story.


Deanna Carnie fights back the second time around
After beating colon cancer in 1996, Deanna Carnie faced cancer again just six years later. This time it was in her uterus and had reached a life-threatening stage. She began treatments at the Clinic that combined fractionated-dose chemotherapy with nutrition, vitamins, herbal therapy and exercise. Click here to read more of Deanna’s story.