National Cervical Cancer Coalition: Cervical Cancer Stories

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"No woman has to die from cervical cancer"

Branda Kent describes her daughter's diagnosis as a "wake up call," that encouraged her to become more educated about HPV and cervical cancer prevention. She has made it her mission to help educate others about the importance of screening and...

"I think that connections are really important"

Cervical cancer survivor Jane Fitch shares how important self-care and community support are for those going through cancer treatment. Tina White echoes Fitch's sentiments as she explains how she helped care for a friend's daughter with cervical cancer, and offers...

"For me, there was a lack of information"

When Tonyia Griggs was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she struggled with the lack of information. She was ushered through treatments and procedures without a good explanation of what was happening with her body. Through her own research and experience, she...

"All of my memories of my sister are good memories"

Sandy Fischer reflects on the death of her sister, Cary Anne, from cervical cancer. Sandy's son Joe also shares his memories of his aunt and her illness.

"We love the motorcycle community—they do a lot of good"

Bylinda Foster and Jessica Ballentine host events in the Atlanta, GA area to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention. Their signature event is a poker run, held with the support of the local biker community—a community that they note can...

"Nobody really wanted to speak about it"

Kawanza Billy had never heard of HPV or dysplasia before her diagnosis, and was surprised at the stigma surrounding HPV and cervical cancer. Her education and advocacy work now focused on destigmatizing the disease and fun ways of promoting prevention.

"I had a lot to be thankful for even though it was a really tragic time"

After Cherlya Tonge was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she found support from other cancer patients and survivors both in an online community and at the Hope Lodge, a housing facility of the American Cancer Society. This community rallied around her...

"I want to empower other women to feel like they have a voice"

Shaundra Hall was just 28 years old when she diagnosed with cervical cancer, right as she and her husband were planning to start a family. She shares the pain of her experience facing both cancer treatment and the loss of...

"It takes over and it pauses your life"

Visleyn Lopez struggled to get both her healthcare providers and her family to take her health concerns seriously before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She reflects on the difficulties in managing the disease and a young wife and mother...

"It was the hardest thing that I went through in my life"

Noel Aube lost his beloved wife, Pat, to cervical cancer in 2002 when Pat was just 43 years old. As Noel reflects, "sometimes it feels like it was yesterday and sometimes it feels like a whole other life that I...

"It's not just physical"

Rasha Patterson cites her faith and her relationship with God with helping her through her cervical diagnosis and treatment. Dealing with cancer is more than physical, and she encourages others to connect something greater than themselves to help them through...

"I really understood that I had a purpose."

Alegra Woodard talks about how her life changed after her cervical cancer diagnosis and how she decided to reach out and help other women going through the same experience. Her husband Bobby offers the caregiver perspective and offers advice to...

"She did not accept the cancer diagnosis as a limiting factor"

Donna Wright reflects on the death of her daughter, Lauren Wright Hobbs, from cervical cancer, along with Lauren's best friend and sister-in-law Elaine Wright. In honor of Lauren, Donna and Elaine work together to raise awareness about cervical cancer in...

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