Annette Swindin

Annette SwindinIn 2005, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit wrapped around my heart that required radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Then, in 2009, I had a triple bypass and spent 2 weeks in the hospital. My champions through it all were my Aultman doctors and nurses, who not only provided amazing care, but also became my friends. They felt like part of my family. My daughter, Kyra, kept me feeling positive and energetic!

I would tell someone who just heard the words “you have cancer” – do not be afraid because every day there is something new in the medical world. My greatest strengths are my ability to laugh, keep optimistic and stay hopeful. Because of my health issues and after reading a few books, I started eating vegan and just this summer, I have been sharing that healthful message with a food truck!

To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference for cancer survivors in our community, please visit the Timken Family Cancer Center's page