Patient Stories

Diagnosis: Spine Cancer

Maria’s Story

Family comes first for Maria. With parents, two sons, and a granddaughter that Maria is very close with, she focuses her energies on keeping her family healthy and happy. That’s why she didn’t pay much attention to a slight pain she experienced periodically on the left side of her upper back area. If she became

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Valorie’s Story

In February 1969, Valorie’s arteriovenous malformation (AVM) bled for the first time. She felt extreme pain on the back of her neck, her body shook with spasms for about an hour and the right side of her body went numb. Valorie’s parents thought she had thrown out a vertebra in her back. After several days

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