• By Nicole Schweppe
  • Posted October 18, 2017

My Breast Cancer Journey, Part 2- How I Prepared for Chemotherapy

Editor's Note: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’ve teamed up with patient advocate Nicole Schweppe and local businesses to raffle off care bags stuffed full of essentials to bring comfort and entertainment to patients currently going through chemotherapy. Read to the end of this post to find out how to participate! I like …


  • By Karen Malkin Lazarovitz
  • Posted September 21, 2017

How I Lost My Lady Parts But Gained So Much More

My story begins more than 9 years ago, when my father called me to say was having genetic testing. His cousin had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had a known BRCA mutation. Many people I’ve spoken with have no idea that they can inherit this from their father, but I did. It is vitally important to meet with a genetic counselor before …


  • By Cynthia Rigali Lund
  • Posted September 18, 2017

Life After Chemotherapy and Surgery for Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a wonderful way to encourage women to create a deeper consciousness about their bodies. As I approach my five-year survivor date—the closest marker we have to saying “cured,”  I can say with deepest gratitude how much I appreciate my body and all that it does for me, as well as how much …


  • By Tiffany Au
  • Posted September 6, 2017

Why we Believe in the Power of Patient Voices

At Ambry Genetics, we appreciate our collective tribe of scientists, researchers, and academics who focus on uncovering the ‘how’s and ‘what’s in the world of genetics. However, we also strongly believe that the community within our industry, and their stories, are the why behind what we do. Whether you are a patient, healthcare provider, …


  • By Randalynn Vasel
  • Posted September 5, 2017

5 Ways my Friends and Family are Helping my Kids While I Battle Ovarian Cancer

Battling ovarian cancer is HARD.  It’s humbling and some days it forces you to use every ounce of energy you have to lift your head off the pillow.  Ovarian cancer doesn’t discriminate and hits out of nowhere, with no warning.  As a mother of two young children, it wasn’t just difficult for me - the diagnosis, surgeries and treatment affected …


  • By Randall Kam
  • Posted September 1, 2017

Fit for the Fight: How I Ran 17 Marathons with Prostate Cancer

CANCER - I had a deep, visceral fear as my father, aunts, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and father-in-law were stricken byt he disease over the years. In an effort to avoid being struck as well, I tried to stay healthy: running often, eating a low carb diet full of veggies and lean protein. In 2010, I took my first PSA (prostate specific antigen) …


  • By Kathryn Carr
  • Posted July 14, 2017

The Benefits of Practicing Yoga as Therapeutic Recreation

*Editor’s Note: July 8-15th is National Therapeutic Recreation Week, which aims to raise awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services that can improve the health and well-being of individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Kathryn Carr, Ambry’s resident Marketing Specialist and yoga instructor, …


  • By Eve Mart
  • Posted June 22, 2017

Do-It-Yourself Support Systems for Cancer Survivors

  When I was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, I sought out a multidisciplinary approach to battle my illness, after learning that outcomes tend to be more favorable when compared to following traditional approach. As part of this dynamic approach, I met with various medical and social services professionals. I met with a social …


  • By Cynthia Rigali Lund
  • Posted June 8, 2017

Things I Know for Sure this Cancer Survivors Month

  *Editor’s Note: June is National Cancer Survivors Month, and Ambry Genetics will be celebrating cancer survivors as well as their families and communities by sharing their inspiring stories.   Although part of me wants to forget, I hear the whispers every day. As a cancer survivor of 4 ½ years, June is a special month that commemorates …


  • By Giana Stanigar
  • Posted May 26, 2017

Why 37 is Just a Number: Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis

Editor’s Note: We continue our recognition of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month by connecting two people with cystic fibrosis – one who is under the usual life expectancy age and another who has surpassed it by 25 years – to provide a reflection into their pasts and a look into their futures. On May 10th, 2017, Caleb Remington, a …


  • By Giana Stanigar
  • Posted May 24, 2017

Beating the Odds Together, For Life

Editor’s Note: To support Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, we are sharing the inspiring story of Zack and Farrel DeBaltzo, two individuals living with CF that chose to defy convention and pursue a romantic relationship, eventually getting married. Zack and Farrel are the founders of Team Debo, a social media project centered on their passion …


  • By Jonathan Rodis, MBA
  • Posted May 11, 2017

Living with Marfan Syndrome: Part 2 of 2

It’s now 1990, and I’ve now had my life-saving heart surgery. After spending nearly a month in the hospital with health complications, I was finally able to go home. After another month at home trying to recover, I decided to head back to work to continue the job and career that I worked long and hard to achieve in executive management and …


  • By Tiffany Au
  • Posted April 20, 2017

What is it Like to Have a Son with Autism?

Editor’s Note: As National Autism Awareness Month continues, we conclude our 2-part interview we began with Kieran Best, a young man with an autism spectrum disorder. His mother, Christina DeRochemont, shares candidly about what life was like early on with Kieran, how they received his diagnosis, and offers tips for other parents in a similar …


  • By Jonathan Rodis, MBA
  • Posted April 13, 2017

Living With Marfan Syndrome- Part 1 of 2

Editor’s Note: We are so pleased to continue introducing new voices into the Ambry patient blog. This week we are honored to have Jon Rodis, patient advocate, tell us what it was like to be diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited condition that can cause heart problems, many years ago – well before genetic testing became available …