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July 20, 2021

Share Your Story: TJ Sharpe

Share Your Story: TJ Sharpe

T.J. Sharpe is a Stage IV melanoma patient who shares his journey through cancer in the Patient #1 blog. He was diagnosed in August 2012 with melanoma tumors in multiple organs, four weeks after his son was born, undergoing six surgeries and four immunotherapy treatments over two clinical trials.

  • 00:34: T.J. Sharpe is a stage four melanoma patient who shares his journey through cancer in the patient number one blog.
  • 02:15: With your history of melanoma and these spots on a chest X-ray, we think you have a recurrence of your cancer.
  • 04:26: How did you know the first time that you even had melanoma at that early stage?
  • 06:36: The tumor in my small bowel was 8.5 centimeters, so I had that for a while.
  • 08:23: The oncologist tells her that her husband's going to be dead in two years.
  • 10:10: I had a colostomy bag for 2.5 years.
  • 14:16: Tell us about the first clinical trial
  • 16:15: I went from being the first person in this trial to talking through my entire cancer journey.
  • 17:28: What was your worst moment during all of this?
  • 19:45: What was your best moment?
  • 21:47: They finally said that they don't think I had any active cancer.
  • 23:57: How do you look at your life differently now than before?
  • 26:17: What is the one thing that you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 28:30: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 34:55: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 36:16: And aside from Cancer U, what is one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


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