Stomach Cancer Patient Stories
As a professional mental health counselor, I have years of experience helping others work through issues in their own lives. I know the importance of staying positive during difficult times and not letting negative thoughts cloud your mind, especially when important decisions need to be made. But it wasn’t until I went through a hardship of my own that I realized the true importance of that mindset.
For about two years, Helene Mullen was experiencing chronic and uncomfortable digestive issues. “I would have an achy, acidy stomach and I was taking Tums all the time,” Helene remembers. After visiting her primary doctor, who prescribed a heartburn medication, and implementing some dietary adjustments, the symptoms did not relent and Helene was referred to a GI doctor. An endoscopy, a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract, was performed and a tumor was detected in Helene’s stomach. At this point in time, Helene realized she needed to find an oncologist.
After losing his first wife to breast cancer, Barry Thomas was diagnosed with cancer twice. A patient at Fox Chase Cancer Center since 2003, he considers his team of doctors to be extraordinary. “I’ve had two surgeries, tests and scans, and follow ups, and I have attended support groups at Fox Chase for 13 years. Through these experiences I feel very confident at Fox Chase,” he says.
Beating the odds is old hat to Barbara Cremean. In 1998, after dropping her daughters off at school, she was hit head on by a drunk driver. "I was on my way to the most important meeting of my career—and my life changed in an instant," recalls Barbara. She underwent spinal fusion surgery and started the long road to recovery. Little did she know, her serious health problems had just begun – and she was only 37 years old.