Lisa Craine’s life changed forever in 2010 after she was diagnosed with stage IV cholangiocarcinoma, a type of rare cancer that forms in the bile duct and has less than 8,000 cases in the United States per year. Lisa was told originally that she had six months to live, but eleven years later she is cancer-free and using her experience to become a passionate advocate for cholangiocarcinoma research. She works as a patient coach and helps people navigate a cholangiocarcinoma diagnosis. Lisa shared her unique perspective and the top 2 things she would want current cancer patients to know.
The summer going into senior year of college is generally considered to be a memorable one. For years the word summer meant a break from a full-time job as a student where many were able to enjoy the long, hot days outside or spending time with friends. Now at the cusp of a new chapter in my life summers are likely to look very different than what I am used to. Hopefully soon after graduation, I will be working somewhere truly making a difference in people’s lives which is how I felt at my Purview summer internship experience. During my ten weeks, I was able to work with an amazing group of people and learn so much along the way.