CHCWM – Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan

Patient Stories

Nothing is more important than our patients and their families. A few of our patients have shared their stories here, as a reminder that you are not alone in this journey. If you would like to share your own story, please click the button below.      
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Kara Badger #KaraStrong Michigan mom Kara Badger, 44, has always been close with her family. She never imagined the support they would provide her later in life until she was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. “I was so scared. Read More »

Tami Groothuis, a CHCWM Nurse Practitioner and patient, opened up about her battle with breast cancer: “I felt like I was in good hands.” Link to Story »

Stacie Garcia-Moon, a patient of Dr. Amy VanderWoude, opened up to Spectrum Health about her courageous battle with breast cancer. “I am so incredibly grateful,” she says. Link to Story »

Brenda Mortenson, a patient of Dr. Yuanbin Chen, opened up to Spectrum Health about genetic testing influenced her lung cancer treatment. “I’m just one of the lucky ones,” she says. Link to Story »

Mary Hannon, a rectal cancer patient of Dr. Sreenivasa Chandana, shared her story with Spectrum Health. “I am surer today of who I am and what I am capable of,” she says. Link to Story »

CHC Research patient Sue Schroder shared with Cure Today her experience enrolling in a clinical trial at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Lack’s Cancer Center. “They were 10 minutes from my home, which made a big difference,” she says. Link to Story »

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