Thankful for My (Cancer-free) Dad This Father’s Day

By Melissa Stephenson The thick silence filled the car as my sister, Amanda, and I drove to pick up our brother and his wife from the airport. Everyone’s New Year’s Day plans had been drastically changed, and my brother managed to reroute his flight to be with us during one of our family’s hardest nights. [Continue Reading]

How An Oncologist Faced the Reality of his Own Cancer Diagnosis

For 40 years, Dr. Adan Rios, has cared for patients diagnosed with cancer during what is surely one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. Dr. Rios however, never imagined his career specialty and personal life would collide. In August 2016, the cause of swelling in the left side of his neck proved to [Continue Reading]

Putting an End to Pediatric Brain Cancer

During the summer of 2017, Shamon Ampey noticed her 2-year-old son, Ahmon, was having some strange symptoms. He had problems swallowing and occasionally experienced nose bleeds. When Ahmon started having issues with his balance, Ampey knew something was really wrong. Ampey went to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital where experts discovered a cancerous mass in Ahmon’s brain. [Continue Reading]

One Year Colon Cancer Free

It’s an anniversary most people don’t ever want to have to celebrate, but Ioannis Schinas is happy to call himself one year cancer free, following a colorectal cancer diagnosis in February of last year. “I wasn’t nervous about having my colonoscopy this year. I feel lucky to be in Houston with good doctors and I [Continue Reading]

For this Cancer Survivor, Life Began at 67

For Jean Joseph, life began when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 at age 67. She’d been sleepwalking through life for three years, reeling from the death of her only child — and best friend – Laura, at 44, from endometrial cancer. “To stand helpless over my daughter dying in her living room [Continue Reading]