Patient Stories of Strength

Patient Stories of Strength

Lung Cancer

Esoophageal Cancer



Lung Cancer

Jennica McPherson

Kennedy Catholic high-school volleyball standout -- and Seamount League MVP candidate -- was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in the 16-year-old's lung. "I try to be positive because it's the only way you can get through things," she said.


Read Jennica's Story (Seattle Times) 
About Lung Cancer



Jamie Johnson

"I was informed that it was CANCER.  After that came a few tears and a million questions.  "Why me?  How can this be? " ...  Dr. Louie and his staff changed all of that for me. I am living proof that in the right hands, cancer can be beat! "


Read Jamie's Story
About Lung Cancer



Dr. Vallieres,

I did it. I completed the 2007 Danskin Triathlon! My Goal: Just to complete it - hoping to finish in less than three hours. I did in two hours and forty-four minutes.


Read Darlene's Story
About Lung Cancer
Dr. Aye and the thoracic surgery team.



Rob Frerichs

After an oncologist told Rob there was nothing more he could do, he got a new oncologist at Swedish. Five years after his diagnosis, hes cancer-free.

Swedish 100 - Rob Frerichs, Lung Cancer Survivor

About Lung Cancer



Jan Seaman

Short of breath after climbing the three flights of stairs to her apartment, Jan Seaman thought it might be worth looking into. It was, and six-plus years later shes cancer-free.

Swedish 100 - Jan Seaman, Lung Cancer Survivor

About Lung Cancer


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Esophageal Cancer

Tanya Gularte

Tanya believes its well worth it to sit on an airplane for a few hours if theres a brilliant surgeon on the other end of that flight.


Swedish 100 - Tanya Gularte, Esophageal Cancer Survivor

About Esophageal Cancer


Warren Barlow

At 78 years of age was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  Right after his 79th birthday, he entered Swedish Medical Center to undergo an esophagectomy (removal of the esophagus) by Dr. Brian Louie

Read Warren's Story
About Esophageal Cancer

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Josef  Rosinski

Josef was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.  Treatment and the road to recovery is often a long and winding road. With only one lung, Joe has returned to his golf game! 

Read Josef's Story
Watch malignant pleural mesothelioma video

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72-Year-Old Triathlete

Dr. Aye,
Here is the promised photo of the finish after the Danskin Triathlon. Thanks to your skill I was able to do this. I came in third in my age group, 70 and over. My time was two hours, 19 minutes. I am really pleased.

This is one of our beloved patients age 72 and two years out from an esphagogastrectomy for high-grade dysplasia.


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