Ana Knoben: An Unexpected Fight

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Ana Knoben
Ana Knoben

“It doesn’t matter how old you are. Just go and get checked.” – Ana Knoben

In August of last year, 34-year-old Ana Knoben noticed a lump in her breast while showering. A physician at a regional walk-in clinic ordered a mammogram and biopsy after examining it. Ana was at work when she received a call two days later informing her that the lump was cancerous.

“I went to my manager at work and said I needed to take a couple of days off to see the doctor. She said ‘OK, are you alright?’ I said ‘Yeah. I just have cancer.’ She broke down. Then I realized what was happening, and I broke down.” – Ana Knoben

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Teresa Green: The Joy & Pain of Survival

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

October 1, 2016

Teresa Green
Teresa Green

“This life, I have realized, has been filled with much joy and a lot of sadness. This helps us evolve into, we all hope, better and more compassionate humans.” – Teresa Green

It was March of 2015 when Teresa Green attended a cancer luncheon with a friend at  a local hotel — a few hundred strong and beautiful women, all somehow connected to a cancer survivor or battling cancer themselves— and thought about how lucky and grateful she was to not be battling the disease. Two weeks later, she consulted a plastic surgeon about hardened tissue in her left breast related to an implant scar following a skiing accident. An ultrasound was ordered, followed by a biopsy, and then Teresa found herself in a waiting room listening to Pharrell’s song “Happy.” She would be informed about her Stage 2 breast cancer that day.

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Renee Sendelbach: Writing Her Own Strong Story

October 17, 2015

Taking on cancer is always a battle, and for Renee Sendelbach, it has been a fight with many fronts.

In 2008, when her son Ian was 13-months-old, Sendelbach felt a lump in her breast and went to her doctor thinking it was just a clogged milk duct. But a mammogram and sonogram told a different story: She had breast cancer – triple negative breast cancer, which at the time was deemed the worst type to be diagnosed with because it grew at the fastest rate.

Intensive treatment began immediately, with four rounds of AC chemotherapy (Adriamycin and Cytoxan) followed by four rounds of a more intensive chemo (Taxol). The medications did their job in eliminating the tumor, but Sendelbach needed to have a lumpectomy just to be sure that it was all gone. A course of 36 radiation treatments came next.

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