April Ann Marie
Ann Marie's Story
as told by her Aunt
My niece, Ann Marie, has already survived three bouts with
cancer. At the age of 17, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma. She under went several surgeries for diagnosis and
staging. The prognosis was positive, the cancer was detected in
the early stages and had only spread to her neck and chest. At
the time, her treatment consisted of 2 cycles of intense
radiation therapy. The lymphoma is in remission now.
Last year, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the age
of 28, she underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy with post operative
reconstuction surgery. It was a long and painful recovery, but
thankfully she did not need any further treatment.
After her recovery she decided to continue her college
education. She moved back to Nevada and is currently attending
UNLV. Things were starting to look up, until she experienced
another minor set back. Earlier this year she was diagnosed with
yet another bout of cancer. This time it was Thyroid Cancer. The
doctors removed as much thyroid tissue as possible and have
placed her on medication. Her prognosis is promising. The cancer
was once again detected in its earliest stage and thankfully did
not spread to any of the surrounding tissues. She underwent a
small radioactive iodine treatment last week. At this time it
has not been determined if she will have to repeat this
procedure in the near future. She will find out the results next
The doctors have determined that both the breast and thyroid
cancer were a direct result of the radiation therapy she
received as a young girl to treat the lymphoma. She is at risk
of developing several other types of cancer over her life time.
Through it all she has remained positive and has proven herself
to be a fighter. She attributes her inner strength to her
religion and the loving support of her family and friends.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends,
watching movies, walking her dog and reading. Her favorite
colors are shades of pink.