A North Texas woman who beat cancer three times is using her experience to help others.
For seven years, Carrie Simpson battled cancer. She said the biggest release came when she got to share her story. Now, she’s giving countless strangers the opportunity to do the same thing.
At 21-years-old, Simpson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“9/9/99, that’s where my story started,” Simpson said.
With chemotherapy, Simpson beat that cancer. But, 7 years later her cancer returned. This time in the form of a Sarcoma in her back.
“I've had seven surgeries on my back. I have a 21-inch scar," Simpson said.
Now, years later, the mother of two is cancer free again, and wanted to do something to help others in her position.
“I had just finished my treatment and my surgery and I was going through physical therapy and I knew there was a reason I survived. I knew there was a purpose for me surviving three times and I wanted to be able to give back," Simpson said.
So she created a website called Cancer Biographies, a free website for cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers. On the site, people can share their personal stories with other people going through treatment and they can get educational material on specific types of cancer.
"So if you have bladder cancer, you can put bladder cancer in the search subject and it will pull down all the organizations that can help you," Simpson said.
Simpson launched the site in June, and nearly a hundred people have signed up to begin sharing their stories. Simpson is proud knowing she is helping people fight the hardest battle of their lives.
"It's really exciting to see people that I don't even know register and share a story, because they know it's going to touch someone else’s heart," Simpson said.
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