Lymphoma Patient Stories
At 31, Tierra Ryan was a typical young professional woman. A pharmacist and a medical writer for a large pharmaceutical company, Tierra was in good health, worked out regularly, and did her best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In early spring, 2014, Tierra began to notice changes in her body as she was unusually tired and had profound night sweats.
Family—always important to Frank Serianni, wife Heather and son Butch—took on new meaning after Frank was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 at the age of 44. Over the next four years of treatments, recurrences, complications and wholesale changes in their lives, the Seriannis came to see each other in a different light and to think of members of Frank’s medical team at Fox Chase as family, as well.
When Doreen E. Siemienski was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2006 at the age of 53, she called Fox Chase Cancer Center because of its reputation for high-quality care. “I know someone who was and is still being treated at Fox Chase,” Doreen says. “She had so many positive comments about the facility that she called it her haven and home away from home.”
For Montgomery County Controller Diane Morgan, becoming a financial donor to Fox Chase Cancer Center was about much more than just writing a check. Diane experienced Fox Chase care first hand when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 39 in 1987.
"The news was devastating," she recalled. Always a dynamo, Diane was married, running her own rehabilitation therapy business and the mother of 2 teen-age daughters. "One of my tennis buddies had died from Hodgkin's, so naturally, I was concerned."