Susan, a stage 4 breast cancer patient, and her brand new husband Jeff, shortly after their wedding in July 2016.The pair met via an online dating site while Susan was going through treatment.Since then, Stranathan has become even more involved in patient advocacy, fulfilling a promise he made to his beloved. Knowing the pain I went through at the end, I would have a hard time asking someone to go through it with me.And I know I wouldn't want to experience that heartache again.” Now on an immunotherapy drug, Stranathan still wrestles with the side effects and late effects of his treatment.Joan Campbell and her new fiance, Larry, met while she was going through treatment for breast cancer; they shared the same massage therapist who suggested they connect."My advice to others is it can work out," she said.Karen Syrjala, co-director of Fred Hutch’s Survivorship Program.
Every few weeks, she would come out here or I would go back there or we’d meet up at lung cancer summits and conferences.
"Just keep your chin up.” Photo courtesy of Joan Campbell Months later, she shared her story with a massage therapist who, in turn, told her about a “good guy with a bad back” that she’d been treating for the last 15 years.