Melissa Babcock Johnson survivor stories

Walk this way on October 1 with Honorary Walk Chair

Published September 16. 2016 4:09PM Posted curtesy of The Day Melissa Johnson I haven’t written any columns lately because there hasn’t been much to say — and when it comes to cancer, that’s a very good thing. My most recent CT scan was on Aug. 23. The scan showed the one remaining spot on my liver [...]

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Melissa Babcock Johnson

Melissa’s Story  … as told by her friend, Ann B Melissa Babcock Johnson was diagnosed with stage II invasive ductal carcinoma -- the most common type of breast cancer -- in May 2015, a month before her 32nd birthday.   She had noticed a lump a few months earlier, but thought she was too young [...]

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It looks suspicious breast cancer at 31

It looks suspicious Breast cancer at 31 Published by The Day -  June 27. 2015 12:01AM | Updated June 27. 2015 3:43PM Melissa Babcock My breast cancer story began like that of so many other women — I noticed a lump. What separates me from most of them is that I was just 31 years [...]

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Becoming a cancer patient

Becoming a cancer patient Published by The Day July 25. 2015 12:01AM Melissa Babcock Part two in a series on life after a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. The weeks following my breast cancer diagnosis were a whirlwind of appointments, meetings, tests and decisions, but everyone I met was kind, brilliant and patient [...]

Becoming a cancer patient2017-07-05T10:59:11-05:00

How I spent my summer vacation

How I spent my summer vacation Published by The Day - August 29. 2015 11:30AM Melissa Babcock Part three in a series on life after a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. On June 3 I began three months and six days (but who’s counting?) of chemotherapy, to take place every other week until [...]

How I spent my summer vacation2017-07-05T11:00:14-05:00

Cancer a winding path of uncertainty

Cancer a winding path of uncertainty Published by The Day - October 03. 2015 12:01AM Melissa Babcock Part four in a series on life after a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. When you’re going through cancer, or any personal challenge, it’s priceless to have others cheering you on. But the most helpful and [...]

Cancer a winding path of uncertainty2017-07-05T11:00:57-05:00

A celebration amid uncertainty

A celebration amid uncertainty Published The Day - November 16. 2015 12:01AM Melissa Johnson Lots of good things have happened since my last column. I married my patient and loving fiancé, Travis, who’s been with me since long before my diagnosis and cared for me relentlessly through three months of chemo. We had a [...]

A celebration amid uncertainty2017-07-05T11:01:47-05:00

Radiation therapy the clean up crew

Radiation Therapy The clean-up crew Published by The Day - December 24. 2015 12:24PM Melissa Johnson The journey continues. And it is a journey, even though some may think that word is too soft to describe the grueling, undesirable process of cancer treatment. To be sure, I’d rather be driving across the country on [...]

Radiation therapy the clean up crew2017-07-05T11:03:15-05:00

Bang the gong the cancer is gone

Bang a gong, the cancer’s gone Published by The Day  - January 29. 2016 5:03PM Melissa Johnson An ongoing series about life after a breast cancer diagnosis at age 31. Treatment is over and I’ve been thrown from the nest. Well, not really, but that’s what it feels like sometimes. My 30th and final [...]

Bang the gong the cancer is gone2017-07-05T11:04:07-05:00

PTSD the cancer version

PTSD - the cancer version Published by The Day - February 26. 2016 12:15PM Melissa Johnson These post-treatment days are golden. My energy has come roaring back. Chemo-induced neuropathy lingers a bit in my feet, but I bought some new clothes and wore jeans and heels instead of yoga pants and slippers in public [...]

PTSD the cancer version2017-07-05T11:05:00-05:00