The “model,” Jill Brzezinski-Conley, was diagnosed with breast cancer a day before her 32nd birthday, underwent a double mastectomy — and now, at 35, has incurable stage-4 breast cancer which has metastasized to her bone.
What is Cancer? From Fighters Who’ve Been There
by Alia Tarraf I love having long hair. Its part of my personality. It tells the world a big part of who I am and what I’m feeling on any particular day. I can wear it part way up on days I want to feel like a Disney princess. Or pulled back in a bun when I mean […]
A Webtalk Radio Interview with Stage 3a Breast Cancer Fighter Allison W. Gryphon on Finding Your Supreme Power with Mark Brener & Cece Suwal. Click the link below to listen: http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2013/01/21/finding-your-supreme-power-practical-tips-to-help-you-and-your-loved-ones-conquer-cancer/
By Josh Rosenblat on Sept. 28, 2012 This story appears in the Sept. 28 issue of Deerprints. Luke Strotman stands in the parking lot of Adams Field, silhouetted against a mostly gray sky streaked with the orange rays of a setting sun. Luke watches the Deerfield sophomore football team’s game against Waukegan. Calm, talkative and joking, Luke […]
A note from Allison W. Gryphon: In creating the Why? Foundation, working on the documentary What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have it? and fighting my own cancer openly, many unexpected and extraordinary people have come into my life. Most surprisingly and disturbing are the number of young people who have faced cancer […]
by Alia Tarraf “I felt like I was really living before I got cancer. But now I’m living in full color. Just yesterday I drove ten hours round trip to surprise my husband at the finish line of his 100-mile Best Buddies bike race [for children with Down syndrome] he did in honor of our […]
I just opened one of my many cancer fight journals to a page that begins with, “Cancer is needing someone to put your hair in a ponytail because you can’t.” The cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, which expanded the surgery. I had a lymph node dissection, which severely limits the range of motion […]
by Chaz Salembier and Allison W. Gryphon The average age of a Golden Retriever is ten to twelve years, so when at the age of six the beloved Harley was diagnosed with cancer, no one knew what to expect. All that her owners, Pat and Bill, were sure of was that their Harley was a […]
Maria and her husband Peter photographed on June 9, 2012 by Chaz Salembier and Allison W. Gryphon As a young woman, life for Maria Rimkus was all about fashion, working for hot designers like Pepe Jeans in Madrid and Tommy Hilfiger in New York.Just when her career was taking off Maria got the call that […]
In this video, author and filmmaker Allison W. Gryphon spoke with Lisa Schneider-Cipriano, host of Breast Cancer Answers, sharing her breast cancer experience and how she battled back against the disease. Allison explains how she used diet, exercise and positive attitude to get her to where she is today, disease free.