My name is Lupe Montez and on September 28th, 2023, I celebrated my 14th year of surviving breast cancer. My cancer journey began with my annual mammogram in early September of 2009. Upon further testing, I was devastated to learn that I had cancer. The process moved quickly from there, with a flurry of appointments… Read More


My name is Susie; I’m 53 and I am a mom to eight kids. I am married and work for a school district in San Antonio, Texas. In early 2022 my mom was put on hospice. In taking care of her, along with my children’s routine appointments, I put my medical appointments on hold. I… Read More


My journey with stage II breast cancer began in November 2019.  From December 2019 until May 2020, I underwent chemotherapy as part of my treatment plan. After a successful double mastectomy in May 2020, I received the news that I was cancer-free. To minimize the chances of recurrence to just 10%, I embarked on a… Read More


As I sit here during my 4th chemotherapy treatment I would have never expected to be diagnosed with colon cancer at age 45. I also realize that having colon cancer is not a death sentence, but at this point has been more of a blessing than a curse. Let me explain. By the way, my name… Read More


Diana Pulido’s Cancer Journey I made it 49 years without a single surgery. Then it all changed. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, ductal carcinoma. My journey began October 2009 with a routine yearly mammogram. I had begun getting mammograms at age 40. There was no family history, except this time the mammogram… Read More


Meet ThriveWell Survivor Maria Gonzales 13 years ago I learned I had cancer. I had ignored the following signs and symptoms: 🔹 Fatigue 🔹 Bloating, I thought I was pregnant 😞 🔹Lower back pain 🔹Irregular periods I attributed the symptoms to something else even though I had had them for a few months. If only… Read More


Claudia Hura

Introducing Dr. Claudia Hura, ThriveWell Board Member! I am a native of Cleveland Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. I moved to San Antonio in 1983. The next 34 years were spent in the practice of nephrology, in both private practice with SAKDC and on the… Read More


My Story: Erica Villarreal Ellis, ThriveWell Diva This was me, in January 2020. I walked the 2020 Walt Disney World 10K with a group of good friends who helped support me along my cancer journey. This was just over 5 weeks after my implant exchange surgery. My Diagnosis I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple… Read More


Dear Joseé Battle & the ThriveWell staff, I have just completed my seventh round of radiation of Landmark Cancer Center on Brooks City Base. Each time I go to treatment, I am reminded of my gratitude and fortune to have been approved for financial help by ThriveWell Cancer Foundation. After visiting with my Radiation Oncologist… Read More


If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of the past year is this, there’s one thing that doesn’t discriminate and that’s the Big “C”, Cancer. Young, old, male, female, it doesn’t matter. It affects everyone we know. To say Cancer is life-changing would be an understatement. For those of us who are dealing… Read More