Stories of Strength

Our GISTmates describe herein some of the trials and tribulations of their encounters with GIST. They are of particular value to us because they speak, among other things, to the post-traumatic residue of the emotional stress that we often carry unwittingly as survivors-in-jeopardy during our ongoing battles with GIST.

By actively re-visiting, re-telling and writing down our stories, in our own words, in our own terms, and in our own good time, we can often drain off some of the “undigested” emotional traumas to which we were exposed. This process of so called “abreaction” is a normal way of belatedly coping with post-traumatic anxieties that accumulate as sources of stress. Over a period of time, keeping and sharing our personal journals, and re-telling and sharing our stories, can often help us to get hold of ourselves and provide a healthier perspective and view of the road than might be achieved by booze or tranquilizing pills.


Read Our Stories

Alex’s Story   –   Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Aloha! Bill’s Story   –   Life with GIST is a Marathon

Bonnie’s Story   –    My GIST is Not a Toothpick

Janet’s Story   –   Three Cheers for OHSU

Jeni’s Story   –   There is Life After Diagnosis

Judith’s Story  (UPDATED)   –   Recurrence-free without Glivec

Kaye’s Story   –   My Journey

Les’ Story (UPDATED)  –   My 20+ Year Encounter with GIST

Lon’s Story  (NEW)    –   Taking Control of My Treatment

Lynn’s Story   –   Sangha

Mark’s Story  (NEW)   –   A Journey of Misdiagnosis and Lessons Learned

Martin’s Story  (UPDATED)  –   Light at the End of the Tunnel

Michael’s Story   –   Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Enterologist

Nancy’s Story   –   I Am Not Alone

Pat’s Story   –   I Specialize in Rare Diseases

Rich’s Story (NEW)  –  My Unconventional Battle with GIST

Ron McClelland’s Story   –   Ten Years and Still Going Strong – Sort Of

Ron Newberger’s Story   –   We Seem To Be Avoiding Feelings