Stomach Cancer Survivor Stories

You Are Not Alone! Read About Some Survivors and Share Your Story With Us!

Being diagnosed with stomach cancer is devastating enough without having the added burden of going through it alone and feeling like there is no hope. Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is changing that. Read the stories below about how some extraordinary people knew they had stomach cancer, who have survived stomach cancer, and are winning the battle. Getting involved with DDF and sharing your survivor story is another way to feel less alone and isolated. If you are in need of further assistance, call our Helpline (877) 646-5864 for support. To be connected with a stomach cancer survivor, click here.

Debbie's Dream Foundation is proud to partner with CURE® to help highlight patient and caregiver experiences, providing hope for others along their journey. 

Rachael Cortez – California

I am Rachael Cortez from Lodi, California; I am 31 years old. I was diagnosed with stage 2 stomach cancer on June 20, 2014. “Why me?” I kept asking that day. I was so healthy. I have never had anything wrong. It was a complete shock to me and my husband of almost 15 years. We wondered about whom we…

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Nelson Civello – Florida

April 1, 2015 After fighting prostate cancer it appeared that I would resume “the good life” of a retired executive playing golf and living on the beach in Florida with my wife of 42 years. On my 67th birthday we celebrated with a steak dinner. But cramping and distention on the right side of my abdomen was the result. My…

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Angela Bosela – Ohio

In January 2007, at the age of 55, I discovered that I had stomach cancer. I had always been healthy, but I had some recurring chest pain for six months or so. I even told my husband I felt like I had a hole just below the sternum. (Who knew that the stomach is located so high?) In November 2006,…

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Steven Melen – California

My story begins in Spring 2007 with my first symptoms. I first started to feel an increased amount of fatigue and was having small amounts of pain while swallowing food. Occasional reflux sent me to my primary care physician where he initially diagnosed my symptoms as stress and gave me a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to help with the reflux.…

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