Make Lemonade

Make Lemonade

Six months ago, my father died…it’s still weird to make that statement as it feels as if he is still here! One of the things I did not anticipate about losing a parent is realizing how many times a day you think about them…I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve picked...
Braving the Storm Together

Braving the Storm Together

“My name is Yoli Origel, I am a 12-year survivor of Stage 3 Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Breast Cancer). I have been a patient of St. Joseph’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment since December 2007, and most recently a patient of Hoag Hospital...
Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life

My father, Manuel Ellerbrock, was not just strong minded but in the eyes of his oldest daughter, he was bigger than life. All my memories of my father are reminiscent of the movie stars of his time. He was born in 1927 and 17 years older than my mom. He was 39 when I...
The Buffalo Attitude!

The Buffalo Attitude!

This last Christmas of 2020 had been 17 months since we learned of Margaret Ann’s cancer diagnosis. This cancer journey began in a casual way on July 15, 2019 with a comment Margaret Ann made while Griff was visiting his Primary Care Doctor. Within six weeks of that...
Still Working

Still Working

My name is Paul Herold.  I am 79 years old and still work part time as a tax accountant in Oxnard, Calif. Every year i would get a blood test, and every year my PSA was going up. The Urologist I was seeing at that time kept telling me that it was my age. Last year my...
Somethings Just Happen

Somethings Just Happen

Asking “how” or “why me” when given a cancer diagnosis does not serve towards healing.  Sometimes, people who eat a plant based diet, exercise regularly, with no history of smoking or drinking still get cancer.  Sometimes, things just happen. For Jennifer, the lung...