Hello! I’m Cathy
My name is Cathy Hannes. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, cancer warrior and lover of life! My first jolt with cancer was in 2007 when my father was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He later developed multiple myeloma in 2011. It was an experience like no other as it shaped who I am today and has prepared me for my own battle.
On December 5, 2019, I was diagnosed with acinar cell carcinoma. It is an extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer. Cancer has been a battle for my life but it has also shown me what life is all about. It’s not the despair you may think.
I will share my story of fear, pain, love, hope and miracles! I would love to hear your story too!
Garding Against Cancer
In September of 2020, UW Health featured a story about me during their “Garding Against Cancer” event. Titled “I am loved. Carbone Strong.” It not only tells a part of my story, but about the extra steps UW Health has been taking to help patients dealing with cancer feel loved while undergoing treatment during a global pandemic. Click on the image to watch the clip featured during this event.