Hear From Patients Like You

Being diagnosed with an illness can be an overwhelming experience. Here you can meet people who have beaten the odds thanks to medicines and are now living longer, healthier lives. By sharing their inspiring stories, they are bringing hope to others who may face a similar diagnosis. Explore all patient stories of hope at the I'm Not Average website. 

I'm Not Average: Matt

When Matt was diagnosed with advanced non-small lung cancer, his prognosis was a 5 year survival rate of less than 5 percent. Because of the progress made in cancer research, he now leading an active and happy life.

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I'm Not Average: Roxanne

Roxanne didn't realize she had experienced a silent heart attack until six weeks after it occurred. Today, she spends her live educating people about heart disease and the importance of recognizing early signs.

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I'm Not Average: Ellie

That little Ellie’s feet hurt when she ran revealed a parent’s nightmare: she had a very rare mitochondrial disease known as Leukodystrophy-LBSL. It has no current cure.

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I'm Not Average: Uchechi

"I am happy to be cancer-free and celebrating another year of life. But I know I am one of the lucky few, as colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States."

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I'm Not Average: Hannah

Research and awareness gives me hope. It means that others understand what I am going through.

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I'm Not Average: Jamie

Jamie was diagnosed in 2001 with chronic myelogenous leukemia, and thought she would not be able to watch her son grow up. Today, she is living a happy, normal life.

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I'm Not Average: Staci

As an occupational therapist, I learned about arthritis in school but never dreamed I would eventually experience it! Five years ago, my adopted daughter was diagnosed with poly juvenile arthritis.

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I'm Not Average: Kris

In 1996, when most of my friends were trying to survive their first year of college, I was just trying to survive.

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I'm Not Average: Deborah

I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis when I turned 27. My legs had lost their feeling from the waist down and I was able to regain most of the feeling back in my legs after two years.

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I'm Not Average: Deirdre

Funny how a “little thing” like losing your hair can change the person you are right down to your core.

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I'm Not Average: Brian

As Brian describes it: "This disease attacks your motivation and energy” and some days he wanted “to sit on the couch and do nothing.” Brian fought those urges and pushed forward to find a new purpose.

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I'm Not Average: Virginia

In recovery, it always felt like I went two steps forward and then one step back. But you also know that you're moving and that you must keep moving, which somehow makes you feel better. That makes it okay.

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