UAMS Cancer Patient Stories

Patient Stories about cancer

October 13, 2020

Mother, Daughter Support Each Other Through Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Susan Van Dusen

Debby Linton Ferguson and Anna "Dale" Linton

When Debby Linton Ferguson was diagnosed in her 30s with an aggressive form of breast cancer, her mother was right by her side. Little did they know that seven years later, both would proclaim themselves breast cancer survivors.


September 21, 2020

Retired UAMS HR Chief Shares Myeloma Journey through Blog

Linda Haymes

“The staff at the UAMS Myeloma Center has always made me feel like they are concerned about my well-being and that I get the best of medical and bedside care available,” said Hosea Long of Little Rock, former associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, and a 20-year survivor of myeloma.

Hosea Long of Little Rock recently turned 70, a milestone that for most may seem unremarkable. After all, it was not the former UAMS employee’s 100th, 90th or even his 80th birthday. But it was inspiring and incredible for him and his loved ones. Long explained why in a recent entry titled “Tomorrow starts a…


August 4, 2020

Early Melanoma Diagnosis Leads to Positive Outcome for Young Mom

Susan Van Dusen

Dannelley and family portrait

Achieving the perfect tan is a summertime goal for many young women. But for fair-skinned Kristi Dannelley, getting a golden glow was no easy task. That’s why she turned to tanning beds. “I spent hours in tanning beds as a teenager and in my early 20s,” said Dannelley, president of Magna IV in Little Rock….


May 26, 2020

Esophageal Cancer Patient Credits UAMS for Exceptional Outcome

Susan Van Dusen

Kent Giboney

For most of his life, Kent Giboney was the picture of good health. “I was fortunate that I never had any major illnesses,” said Giboney, a retiree who enjoyed two successful careers — one in real estate appraisal and the other in property tax administration.


May 8, 2020

Myeloma Center, Patient Power Host Webinar for Patients Across Nation and World

Linda Haymes

A recent live online town hall, held in conjunction with Patient Power, featured UAMS Myeloma Center physicians, nurses and social workers who shared information with 340 myeloma patients from across the nation and world.

A recent live online town hall featuring UAMS Myeloma Center physicians, nurses and social workers shared information with 340 myeloma patients from across the nation and world. “Creating Your Own Myeloma Roadmap: From Diagnosis to Survivorship” was originally scheduled to be held both in person and online, but was changed to be held through a…


April 7, 2020

Louisiana Matriarch Leans on Faith, Family, Friends in Fighting Myeloma

Linda Haymes

“I was just so thankful I had a place that I could come to for help,” says Lessie Credeur of Sunset,Louisiana. The mother of six and grandmother 14 diagnosed with myeloma five years ago and is now in remission. The 59-year-old recently celebrated that success with a Seed of Hope ceremony.

Lessie Credeur’s big, Cajun clan is the heart of the home she shares with husband, Clint, near Lafayette, Louisiana. The stay-at-home mother of six, now enjoying the next generation of her extended family, savors time with her 14 grandchildren, ranging from 16 years to 4 months. “We have 11 girls and three boys and we…


April 2, 2020

Diamondhead Man Beats 3 Types of Cancer with UAMS’ ‘World-Class Care’

Susan Van Dusen

Larry Seals

Larry Seals doesn’t back down from a challenge. As a highly decorated helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, Seals saw more than his share of conflict and hardship. But through it all, he never lost his sense of humor or positive attitude.


March 2, 2020

Arkansan’s Golf Swing Breaks Back, Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis

Linda Haymes

"When you get a diagnosis like that, your world crumbles and you don't know what to expect," said Buffy Bennett, the wife of myeloma patient Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas.

In 2017, Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas, was 50, and physically active, both in his work as the owner of his company, WB Drywall, and in his leisure time. He also thought he was in good health. “I had a golf tournament coming up and I was swinging an eight iron in my yard and…


January 14, 2020

Grateful Cancer Patient Pedals to Promote Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently completed a five-day bike ride to raise $7,000 for the Myeloma Center.

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, was 42 and had an 18-month-old son when, on New Year’s Eve of 2004, he was diagnosed with myeloma and given a bleak prognosis from a cancer treatment center near his home. In response, his local oncologist sent him to the UAMS Myeloma Center for a second opinion. “I…


November 25, 2019

Dad Cancer-free After ‘Extremely Rare’ Stem Cell Match with Daughter

Susan Van Dusen

Butch King and Paula Draeger

Butch King counts his blessings every day. First, there’s his growing family, with wife Debbie, their four children, 12 grandkids and soon-to-be seven great-grandkids.

Then, there’s his role as a deacon in the Catholic Church and a passel of friends in the faith. Not mention his lifetime of civil service in the Air Force and U.S. Postal Service.

But this Thanksgiving, as King sits down to dinner with his family, one blessing will undoubtedly rise to the top: the blessing of being cancer-free.



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