Author: Aki Smith



Anne Ha, Stomach Cancer Warrior

Thank you, Anne Ha  from Fairless, PA for sharing your story: How old were you when you were diagnosed? 27 How were you diagnosed? By accident….  In Feb of 2014 I had terrible heartburn that kept me up and in tears for 3 straight nights. I went to my family doctor with my mother. The read more

In Memory of Mohammad Telfah

Thank you to Batool, a caregiver to her late husband, for raising awareness and continuing to share Mohammad’s story. Mohammad was diagnosed at age 33 years old.   Words from his loving wife, Batool:  “Mohammad is an amazing oncologist and researcher. He always took care of his patients and advocated for them. Being diagnosed with […]

In Memory of Barbara McIlwain

A heartfelt letter to his mom, Barbara McIlwain, forever 53 years old. Written by  her son, Parker McIlwain, 22 years old Exactly one year ago today, my beautiful mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I remember it all so clearly. As if it happened yesterday. It was summertime and life was sweet. My parents had […]

Kavya Kumar

Kavya Kumar from London, UK Age 21 at diagnosis Follow this link to read her Blog: My Stomach Cancer Jo How were you diagnosed? Endoscopy What is your treatment? Clinical trial at UCLH What is your hope? Or what do you want to share with others? After many months of dismissing symptoms and living life […]

In Memory of Karen Oelschlaeger

Karen Oelschlaeger from Montpelier, Vermont I was 33 when I was first diagnosed, two days before my 34th birthday. I was 36 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV peritoneal metastasis and carcinomatosis earlier this year (2020). How were you diagnosed? I had stomach problems since fall of 2017. I repeatedly reported my symptoms to […]

In Memory of Jemiver Edgard Cabalagnan

In Memory of Jemiver Cabalagnan, who passed away three days after turning 32 years old. Here is his story, as told by his surviving wife, Roxanne. How was he diagnosed? Suspected cancer after undergoing an endoscopy. Samples were taken from his stomach and were sent to the lab for biopsy. We learned about the final […]

Colt Blunt

Name: Colt Blunt Stage 3 Patient Where do you live? Minnesota (Twin Cities area) How old are you? 39 How were you diagnosed? I started to experience heartburn shortly before a scheduled physical. I told my doctor and he sent me for an endoscopy. What is your treatment? I received four rounds of FLOT chemo, […]

Albert Carrasco Caregiver

In Memory of Branny, who passed away on September 16, 2019, at 37 years old.  She was an active volunteer for Hope For Stomach Cancer,  and even ran a 5k despite being so sick. Name: Albert Anthony Carrasco Caregiver to wife, Branny JoAnn Carrasco How old was Branny when she was diagnosed?  31 How was […]

Allison Ciminelli- Stage IV Patient Story

Hello! I’m Allison and I’m 32. I was born, raised and currently live in Denver. I was diagnosed 2 years ago after suspicion of a genetic component in my family. My mom and grandma both died of stomach cancer and 47 and 73. My sister ended up in the hospital in 2015 where they found […]

There is Always Hope: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Dear Friends, Facing stomach cancer is plenty difficult without also having to deal with a global pandemic. So, I wanted to reach out with some Hope-ful observations as we get through COVID-19 together. A Familiar Situation For those of us fighting stomach cancer the feeling of heartbreak, devastation and fear that the COVID crisis touches […]