What it takes to survive: one woman’s story about beating the odds
Fayetteville resident Beth Phillips was only 47 when she was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. That’s three years younger than the recommended age to start colonoscopy screenings. To get better, Phillips had to undergo a complete hysterectomy and colectomy, removal of her right ureter and right kidney, partial removal of her liver and bladder in addition to radiation treatments and 24 rounds of chemo. Phillips is now cancer-free, runs a colorectal cancer support group and encourages others to get screened. Read more about her journey to recovery.
One year later: Woman discovers she has lung cancer after brain tumor found
Severe migraines led 33-year-old Samantha Mixon to Piedmont Henry Hospital on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, where doctors discovered a grey mass on her brain with a CAT scan. That night, she left her eight-year-old daughter with family members and went on to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital to have a brain tumor removed. A biopsy showed the tumor was a result of stage four non-small cell lung cancer having metastasized to the brain. Mixon, a non-smoker, was stunned by her diagnosis and continues her battle with lung cancer today. Read more about her story on Mixon’s blog.