Barry Howe: Like Father, Like Son, and Like Grandfather – When Cancer is All in the Family

After fighting cancer, Barry and his wife Monica are looking forward to the future. (Photo: Barry Howe)

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but Barry Howe knows better.

He watched his father pass away from lung cancer. His grandfather died from complications due to cancer, and numerous aunts and uncles received cancer diagnoses in their lifetimes as well.

It’s devastating to watch it happen to those you love – it can feel like the sky is falling when it happens to you.

Barry’s world turned upside down in October 2004 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three months later in January 2005, the unthinkable happened: Barry was diagnosed with a second primary cancer – thyroid cancer.

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Valerie Shupp: The Ongoing Fight against Metastatic Breast Cancer

By Drew Carr

Statesman Content Marketing

“Once I found out I was diagnosed, my husband proposed to me. We went to Vegas and got married over the weekend, and on that Monday I started chemotherapy.” – Valerie Shupp

Valerie & her daughters.

Valerie Shupp was originally diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer at 27 years old. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, Valerie was followed by a doctor regularly for 10 years—and even in spite of the cancer and chemotherapy, Valerie and her husband became parents to two little girls.

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Sheila Hyde: A Team Effort Against Cancer

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Sheila Hyde and her “chemo buddies”.

“You never know what you have until something like this happens. I’m forever grateful to these ladies.” – Sheila Hyde

Sheila Hyde was just beginning a new job with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission when she found a lump in her breast. A coworker convinced her to take the time to have it checked. After learning the lump was cancerous, Sheila began her battle against breast cancer with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation from Texas Oncology, who she’d learned about through great recommendations from her boss, several friends, doctors and nurses. As it turned out, the team at Texas Oncology would make a world of difference for Sheila.

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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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