It is providence that I am a model for the
Circles of Life Fashion Show. Ten years ago, as a member of National Charity League, my
daughter and I volunteered as helpers dressing the Fashion Show Model
Survivors. I could not have predicted that I would now be the one walking
the runway. I am a six-month breast cancer survivor and credit my early
detection of Stage I invasive ductal carcinoma to 3-D mammography. I am
blessed in countless ways, but especially fortunate with caring, talented,
supportive doctors and nurses, and loving family and friends that have
helped me conquer my challenges and make my journey an adventure.
When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 & 4 breast cancer in 1993, I didn’t
really understand what that meant to my life and the long haul that was
about to change mine and my 5 year old son Tyler’s world. I knew
that I had to put my trust in God’s hands. I can’t explain
it, but he gave me an unbreakable peace. Between this and the level of
care, love and support from my three oncologists, family and friends,
I knew that I was going to be okay. Cut to twenty-three years later, I
have a new appreciation for life. Dr. Winston Ho remains my hero.
I am a two-year breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with triple negative
breast cancer in April 2015. Since the moment I was diagnosed I have been
different, I have changed. I am better, stronger and more blessed. I could
not have gone through my journey without God, my husband, mom, family,
work family and prayers and support from people I never even met. I am
forever blessed by my team of doctors: Drs. Margileth, Harness, Turpin
and nurses Regina, Joanne, Barbara and so many more! I am a Survivor!
Dr. Monica Boniadi
I am a three year cancer survivor. In July 2014, I was diagnosed with breast
cancer. From that day forward, my whole world was turned upside down.
I went from what I thought was a perfectly healthy and fit young woman
to having a double mastectomy. I suddenly had a whole team of doctors,
numerous medical appointments, treatments and therapy sessions. My voyage
through this ordeal has been phenomenal. I sincerely believe God had provided
me with all the tools needed to overcome this time of trial and tribulation.
I was truly blessed with having had the best doctors here at St. Joseph
Hospital and the whole-hearted love and support of my amazing family and
friends. As my journey progresses, I am optimistic for a long and healthy
life ahead, as I always believe that “God only gives its hardest
battles to the toughest soldiers.”
My life’s smartest decision was saying “I do” in 1963
when marrying my beautiful wife of 54 years, Sandy. We are extremely proud
of our children, Cori Capizzi and Pam Richardson and our six grandchildren.
The following year, two weeks after graduation from the University of
Michigan Law School, I began working for the Orange County District Attorney’s
Office. My plan for a short stint as a prosecutor to prepare for private
practice ended thirty-five years later when I retired as County Elected
District Attorney. I viewed last year’s lung cancer diagnosis as
“a great fall.” Unlike Humpty Dumpty, I didn’t rely
on king’s horses and men to put me back together again. Instead,
I made the second smartest decision of my life and turned to the very
skillful doctors and the extremely competent nurses, aides and other staff
associated with St. Joseph Hospital. To them, I’ll be forever grateful
for putting me back together again!!
Cancer: I went from being healthy, happy and enjoying retirement with my
husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends to hearing two words
“Ovarian Cancer” on March 13, 2016. Then, March 28, 2016 my
husband had a stroke. The two diagnoses felt like large earthquakes shaking
my life with many smaller aftershocks. Faith in God: My spiritual emotions
took me to my knees in prayers. I asked God to hold my hand, lead me to
the best doctors and caregivers, and guide me through my journey of ovarian
cancer. When I met with Dr. Eskander, his staff, and Cancer Research Team
I felt at peace and knew God had guided me to St. Joseph Hospital. I have
completed my chemo treatments, and I am forever grateful for the outstanding
care and support from Dr. Eskander, his staff, and the Cancer Research Team.
By the grace of God, I will continue fighting the good fight. Before cancer
I was living, now I am alive. Each day is now purposeful, joyful and filled
with love. I cherish my family and friends and each day; I appreciate
my blessings. I am grateful to Dr. Mummaneni and to her entire staff.
Thank you to my wife Terri for being the most positive support in my life.
I love you T.
In May of 2015 I was diagnosed with tongue cancer. I underwent surgery
to remove the cancer, and in June I began five weeks of radiation therapy.
My personal experience, through many consultations, tests, surgery, treatments
and recoveries opened my eyes to countless blessings. I am so grateful
to all the physicians and staff at St. Joseph Hospital who shepherded
me through my journey. You are all amazing, gifted professionals. I thank
the Lord for the opportunity to see more clearly and to continue my journey
with open eyes and a warmer heart.
I was devastated when diagnosed with squamous cancer of my tongue. The
“silver lining” was the amount of physical and spiritual support
coming from family, dear friends, as well as my team of doctors and hospital
team members. Even friends of friends had me in their prayer groups. I
was also blessed to attend the UCLA Tumor Board, a team of specialists
from a teaching hospital. Even though I’m only in Stage 1 of this
disease, I am not alone. Laugh and love often, and remember we all fear
the “C” word, unless it’s associated with “Christmas,”
“Cookie” or “Cake.”
Lance Hamilton, DDS
After receiving lab results at my yearly physical and learning my PSA had
increased six-fold to 6.3, I was referred to a urologist for consultation.
All other tests were within normal limits and no symptoms present. Three
weeks later biopsies were performed and the results labeled as Adenocarcinoma
with a Gleason score of 8. September 13, 2011, changed my life forever…I
had high grade Prostate Cancer. I was referred to USC University Hospital
and after all considerations; surgery was October 17, 2011. Pathologic
staging was 3b with metastatic lesions. With God’s leading and my
earthly physicians care it has been five plus years with a steady and
almost non-detectable PSA. Their genuine care and concern, along with
family and friends, is allowing me a full and healthy life.
A diagnosis of breast cancer tests one’s belief in personal strength
and faith. It tested mine last year. But after two good cries I knew that
the only way was forward. As “unlucky” as I felt on diagnosis
day, all of my days after that were lucky. I am lucky to have the best
team of clinicians, doctors, surgeons, nurses and caregivers. Lucky to
have access to cutting edge technology and tests, in the hands of experts
who know how to use them. Lucky to be alive and working and sharing my
days with family, friends, St. Joseph Hospital co-workers and my oncology
team. This journey has prepared me to remain steadfast and faithful throughout
Phil Haworth, Jr.
I’m filled with gratitude. My cancer journey has been a great reminder
fo the blessings in my life. I was diagnosed with colon cancer on February
11, 2016, and was in surgery five days later. I’ve been overwhelmed
by the skill, kindness, and compassion of the team of great doctors, nurses,
and hospital staff fighting alongside me. In addition to my beautiful
wife and kids, family, co-workers, and fellow patients have added their
strength to mine through the subsequent six months of chemotherapy. They
make it easy to endure and come through this as a stronger, healthier,
happier and more grateful person.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2014 with no family history
of the disease. It came as an ultimate shock and feelings of fear and
devastation took over. I realized how short life can be and it was frightening
because it was out of my control. I put my faith in the hands of God and
my doctors. God has given me strength and courage to get through this
journey. The prayers and support of my family and friends comforted me
and I never felt alone with them by my side. I had and still have and
excellent team of doctors who are very caring and compassionate and whose
professional expertise made me whole again.
In September of 2014 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As I was trying
to grasp the new reality in my life and trying to make sense of it all,
I was quickly reassured that I was not alone in this new journey. The
doctors and medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital helped me understand
that I was going to get through this. They fought with and for me. I am
proud to say that I am cancer free and living my new normal. Thank you
St. Joseph Hospital!.
This Cuban-Italian girl from Tampa, Florida drove cross country to California
in 1974, and has been a resident of Orange County now for over 42 years.
Luckily I did, especially since I feel blessed to be on staff at St. Joseph
Hospital of Orange, and now also a cancer patient of this wonderful hospital.
I have been on the Special Events team since 2007, helping to coordinate
this inspirational event
Circles of Life Fashion Show and Luncheon and will now walk the “Boulevard of the
Brave” runway representing the cancer community. I am thankful for
my brilliant doctors: Drs. Tran, Ash and Carpenter, the amazing nurses,
my son Ryan, dear friends and the “Angel Squad!” Remember
... God is bigger than Cancer!!
I found out that I had breast cancer on March 17, 2016. My doctor had called
me and I felt like a bomb had gone off in my lap. I was too healthy to
have cancer. Always staying in shape and concerning myself with nutrition
since I was a teenager. It was a journey that I could never prepare for.
My life changed dramatically over the last year during treatment. I am
blessed to have the love and support of my family, good friends, and especially
my husband, Tony. I went through surgery, chemo, radiation and the standstill
of my life as I once knew it. I regain my strength a little more every
day. I feel so blessed to have so many caring people in my life and the
caring and guidance I received from my doctors.
In June 2016, I received a stage II breast cancer diagnosis. I chose to
keep it a secret from my family. I was so afraid not only for me but for
my children. It was too much to bear at the time. Breast cancer became
a challenging new life journey I had to learn to share with others. I
had to fight my own fear of cancer. I did not know anything about breast
cancer but I wanted to survive this illness. It became more of a reality
when cancer invaded my calendar with doctor’s appointments. My phone
was my new friend where I researched my cancer diagnosis and was blessed
to meet my online pink sisters. I am grateful to have a strong supporting
team, my family, friends, and St. Joseph Hospital Medical Team. Faith
is the power of my healing. “Being alive is the meaning.”
I look forward to a future.
I wasn’t going to do it…but it is a good thing I did! The
CDC website suggested mammogram screenings every 2 years for woman age
50-75. Being almost 75, I debated if I really needed another mammogram-but
decided to do it one more time…And, yes, there is was, breast cancer.
I am now cancer free, and look forward to a full life with my friends
and family, thanks to early detection and having extraordinary treatment
by St. Joseph Hospital doctors. HAVE YOUR RECOMMENDED CANCER SCREENINGS,
THEY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
I’ve had a long history with St. Joseph Hospital. As a child, I had
severe asthma which meant many trips to the St. Joseph Hospital emergency
room. In my 30’s I was treated there when I suffered a massive stroke.
I’m now in my 40’s and have had a new challenge to face -
breast cancer. With all of the challenges I’ve had, I have had a
team of people behind me to help me through it. I am blessed with an amazing
support system, my husband Rob, my daughter Elizabeth, and my son Aaron.
I also have an amazing group of friends and very big family in my corner,
People call me a survivor, I call myself “Wonder Woman.”
I was diagnosed with Stage II, Large B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
in June 2006. A month after my 32nd birthday and five days after my niece, Isabel was born. I was in shock
and it seemed the world was closing in on me. Many thoughts played in
my head. I went through chemo and radiation, but that was 11 years ago
and God has been good to me. He blessed me with a great family and friends
who have prayed and supported me in this challenge, and the doctors and
their staff for their care and compassion. I look at every day as a journey.
Life is full of challenges and surprises; just stay strong and continue
to have faith and hope.
I am a two-year Stage III breast cancer survivor. I had just finished running
my second marathon in March and was feeling healthy and stronger than
ever before. Then in May, I noticed a lump in my breast. I felt very frightened
and unprepared. I am grateful that I found the doctors at St. Joseph Hospital.
I knew I was in good hands and was receiving the best care possible. I
will be forever grateful for the support of my amazing husband, my family
and my friends, and all the wonderful doctors and support staff at St.
Joseph Hospital for standing by my side to see me through this journey.
On July 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer while I was
three-quarters into a year- long yoga teacher training. After the diagnoses
it seemed there was only room for shock and fear. However, with the emotional
and mental support of my family, friends and amazing physician and nurses,
I was able to move forward with courage. I decided to complete the yoga
teacher training and in February of 2015, I began teaching (while taking
breaks for numerous surgeries). In August of 2015, I was told I was finally
cancer free. The blessings I have received on this journey are numerous
and I look forward to a life filled with family, friendship, challenge, and joy.