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Ritchie Johnson’s son Chris was diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) and died in 2012. Ritchie has since founded the Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation and devoted herself to raising awareness and funds for this rare form of kidney cancer. In this Your Cancer Story podcast, Ritchie, shared her experience of caring for her son Chris and the impact it had on her life and career as a nurse.

“I was not only his mother, but I became his advocate, his caregiver, and his gatekeeper… When he became weak and was just saying that he couldn’t live like this anymore, I told him, ‘when you’re too tired to fight, I got you.’ And I fought with him and for him until the end.”

Ritchie Johnson

Ritchie is a member of the KCA’s Patient and Caregiver Advisory Council. The Your Cancer Story podcast features cancer survivors, caregivers and advocates who explore the journey, triumphs and challenges many survivors face after a cancer diagnosis. Your Cancer Story is supported by Merck. Find more resources at www.yourcancerstory.com.

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