I want to share with you how grateful I am to Dr. Lang and her staff, Dr. DeBerry, the chemo lab at the START Center for Cancer Care, and ThriveWell. All of you were a Godsend to me 3 years ago this month (October)! The care and treatments I received (and still do) from ALL… 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


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


When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was confused and devastated. I remember visiting the library, pulling books about breast cancer off the shelf while thinking “I can’t believe I’m checking these books out…for me.” But those books were important – they helped me to know what was happening to me and what to… Read More


As the COVID-19 situation evolves and concerns for community outbreaks increase, we have decided to proactively suspend all Diva&Dude classes prior to any cases of community exposure. This cancelation includes all Exercise, Nutrition and Artful Healing classes. ThriveWell staff and board are actively monitoring the viral conditions in San Antonio and will notify everyone when… Read More


I am ever so grateful that in February 2019 South Texas Radiology noticed something slightly different in my annual mammogram and decided to take a sonogram, and then a biopsy. That led to the confirmation that I had breast cancer. I got two opinions for treatment, then selected The START Center for Cancer Care doctors for my surgery,… Read More


ThriveWell Cancer Foundation are the proud recipients of the immense generosity of Kym Rapier and the George & Kym Rapier Family Foundation with a  ONE MILLION DOLLAR gift to the Susan and Samantha Patient Assistance Fund at ThriveWell. We are beyond honored for this powerful gift which will have a tremendous impact to the cancer… Read More


Dr. Terry Fried (68) started life in Washington D.C before moving to Vienna, Austria where his father worked for the IAEA and FAO (two UN organizations). He graduated from high school there before attending College at Harvard. He met his wife, Jane, at the Medical College of Virginia before coming to San Antonio in 1977.… Read More


I know I am a fortunate one. My mom passed away of breast cancer in 2000. It had come back after 30 years. She was my best friend and the loveliest lady ever. I have a twin sister. I would always kid her that we were little Petri dishes from our mom so when I… Read More


My name is Dan Shockley I’m 58 years of age and reside in Spring Branch, Texas. I’m retired Navy, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a 7-year hereditary colon cancer warrior. I was introduced to the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation by Erin Ercoline, Executive Director, while at the Colon Cancer… Read More