Patient Stories

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

A breast cancer diagnosis is devastating news for any woman; but the remarkable stories of survival can be truly inspiring. These amazing women faced a long and uphill battle when they received their diagnosis, but through their strength, determination, and the help of their exceptional care teams at UH Seidman Cancer Center, they were able to persevere and successfully fight their cancer. Read more about their inspirational journeys.

Breast cancer patient Bonita Johnson with UH care team

Bonita's Story

At age 45, Bonita Johnson of Ashtabula found a lump in her breast, and six months later was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. Thanks to the team at UH Geneva Medical Center and UH Seidman Cancer Center, she is now cancer-free.

Patient Stories | Alaina Koplow

Alaina's Story

Young Mother of 3 Fights Stage IV Breast Cancer with the Help and Support of her UH Family Alaina Koplow had twin 3-year-olds and a 1-year-old daughter when the recently breastfeeding mother learned she was in Stage IV of a rare form of breast...

Patient Stories | Bobbie Cather

Bobbie's Story

Care Beyond Cancer: Going the Distance An 80-mile commute for cancer treatment made no difference to Bobbie Cather. Diagnosed with breast cancer involving her lymph nodes, the Youngstown resident asked her family physician for a referral to...

Patient Stories | Helen Novotney

Helen's Story

A Life-Saving Mammogram Using the Latest Technology Helen Novotney had never had a screening mammogram because she always felt healthy. That changed in late 2012, as she helped her aunt navigate her own breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. While...

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Sue's Story

Breast Cancer Survivor Reflects on Life-Saving Treatment After Delivering Baby Sue Swiger's second pregnancy was tinged with anxiety. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment days after delivering her daughter, Audrey. After...