Living with a rare disease is especially challenging on many levels. Carcinoid cancer and neuroendocrine tumor patients are acutely aware of these challenges – including getting a proper diagnosis and finding a physician who specializes in treating these cancers. These are the stories of carcinoid and NET cancer survivors who we find especially inspiring.
A transplant patient’s Christmas miracle is the title of an article in the Gainesville Times about Don Little. Nearly 100 well-wishers were at the airport recently to welcome Don, a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor survivor, as he returned home for the holidays after recovering in the hospital for nearly 9 months from a multi-organ transplant involving his stomach, pancreas, liver, and small intestine. Read more
Five years ago Bob Thompson was given a preliminary diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and was told he would probably have less than 6 months to live. Bob actually had a neuroendocrine tumor on the pancreas. Read more about the incredible multi-organ transplant operation that changed his life: http://indy.st/u8l1e8. Click here to learn how he was diagnosed and about the surgery his doctor recommended.
A wonderful article about hope and strength — Kelly Taylor-Li is a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor survivor in Massachusetts. This is her 14-year journey as a cancer patient, and about living life to the fullest every day. Read more
These are stories of courageous carcinoid and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (NET) survivors who, in several cases, experienced pain and illness for many years before being correctly diagnosed. Meet Tracy, Lindsey, Aki, Carolyn, Lisa, and Kari (see her video below). They serve as inspirations to other NET cancer patients, those who are newly diagnosed and those living with these rare diseases for many years. Their stories also bring hope, an essential factor on the journey of living with cancer. Read more
Cycling 10,000 miles a year! Carcinoid patient Reine Wiley is one of five Californians who’ve been named Breakaway from Cancer champions this year. Read more
Don Meyer, former record-breaking coach of the Northern State men’s basketball team, continues to be an inspiration. He learned he had carcinoid following his hospitalization due to a serious car accident. Undeterred, he returned to the sidelines “setting the new standard for coaching wins for a men’s college coach.” Now Don has embarked on a multistate tour where he speaks about leadership. Read more
The all-time leader in coaching wins in NCAA men’s basketball history, Don talks about his retirement. Read more
Imagine the strength, endurance, and determination it takes to run races and marathons. Now consider running with only one lung. This is an inspirational story about two lung carcinoid survivors: Deirdre Durant and Kenneth Todd. Read more
Stephanie Bennett is a 15-year-old MEN2A survivor. MEN (multiple endocrine neoplasia) is a neuroendocrine cancer that runs in families. Stephanie’s mom, sister, aunt, and three cousins also have this rare neuroendocrine disease. Stephanie’s softball teammates have been incredibly supportive during a difficult time. Read more