The Refract
The Refract
Bending minds to better the world.

The Patient Story

Dear Friends,

I cannot tell you just how thankful I am and have been for all of your support through my cancer and chemo. Now I'm turning my attention 100% on The Patient Story(formerly OneDavid). Let me explain!

Forget medical jargon and statistics - The Patient Story is the first-of-its-kind platform completely focused on giving cancer patients and their caregivers a sense of calm and control by showing them what their lives might look like in the next year in human terms through curated experiences of people who've already been through treatment.

1. FAQs: find clear, concise, and real answers to the most pressing questions about everything from chemotherapy side effects, advice about hair loss, to how to talk to their friends and families about the diagnosis.

2. Timelines: find simple visuals to bring understanding to what is ahead in the cancer experience, whether you're a patient or caregiver.

Just as important is giving cancer survivors and thrivers (caregivers included) a chance to share their stories with those who need that help the most, empowering them to help turn their pain into something positive. Please message us if you’d like to share your story or know someone who would.

Big hugs,


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but first, MY STORY.

I just heard back from the radiologist. I’m sorry, Stephanie, it doesn’t look promising.”
— dr. dames

So, I have cancer. I learned this the same week of December 2016 I was supposed to start launching The Refract as a storytelling site help people understand different perspectives.  To help connect people. Well now, this platform that I built to tell other people's stories will be where I share mine first. 


Bending the mind to better the world.



It's tough to escape the echo chambers we've built in our microcosms. Access to real people with real perspectives, no extremes: honest representation of humans who may stand on the opposite side of the spectrum. Our stories get you to a much different feeling - an ability to connect to someone/thing you didn’t think you could ever feel.

You feel empathy and understanding.

You feel challenged but in a safe space.


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