Finding and using your voice matters.

The difference your voice can make is powerful. You may provide comfort to a fellow patient. You may offer a resource to a survivor to improve their quality of life. You may share an experience that allows someone else to use their own voice to find healing for themselves or others.

We invite anyone willing to share their story to allow us to do so. We hope the collection of stories you will find below are helpful to you - wherever you are on your journey.

Share Your Story

Our hope these stories help empower you. Maybe it means speaking up at your next oncology appointment about a symptom you were embarrassed to discuss. Or perhaps it means pushing back when you feel invalidated or unheard.

While doctors may know about your cancer, you are the expert of your own experience. By sharing your story, you are providing a valuable resource to others in a similar situation.

Read stories from cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers below.

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  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
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How to “Get Over” The Cancer Experience: My Mental Health Journey

For my entire life, I was convinced that cancer and the mess it brings with it was something that you have to “just get over,” but it isn’t that simple. Whether it’s your own journey or the journey of a loved one, cancer becomes part of your story. But what isn’t talked about nearly as much is how important it is to process the trauma associated with that part of your story.


Haven’t I Been a Survivor All Along?

Last year, my doctor said the words that I honestly never believed that I would hear. I was told that I was to be moved to a survivorship program. In my head, I thought, "Haven’t I been surviving cancer all along? Isn’t that what I’ve been doing?" Yet now, it had a label. I am a "survivor."


Understanding Life Before and After Cancer

Read Lori's story of her Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer and recurrence. She wrote this story for her own healing as well as to let others know that no matter where you are in your journey, it's OK to be confused, scared, and true to your feelings.


Someone was watching over me, and I am grateful

A story from Dave Kuehnel about his testicular cancer story. He reflects on his experience 35 years later, where having a dedicated caregiver (his girlfriend and now wife) as well as seeking a second opinion helped him get through a trying time.


Dear Doctor (an open letter from a SURVIVOR)

Dear Doctor: You have noted all my surgeries and my late term side effects from my four bouts with cancer. But you don’t know who I am.


K. Desai

COVID-19: Welcome to my World

COVID-19: Welcome to my world. I have been preparing for your experiment with my own. When the experiment initiated, people began to ask questions that they never knew they would need to ask: "When will it be over?" "Who will I be when it dissipates? Who will you be?" "Will we be able to coexist anymore?"


Always Forge Ahead with a Purpose

Learn about Dan Dry Dock Shockley and four words he has kept in mind during his recovery and survivorship of his attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP) diagnosis.


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How Can You Help When a Family Member is Diagnosed?

When we talk about cancer in families, the focus understandably tends to fall on the affected patient. As anyone who has dealt with this situation understands though, this kind of diagnosis is very difficult for the rest of the family as well.


Marcy M.

The Good Cancer

I am Marcy from Buffalo, NY. I'm about to be 30, and 6 months ago, during this coronavirus pandemic I started a new journey called thyroid cancer.


K. Desai

How to Go on a Date

I could start my day with a cold shower to try to rub off the internal sound piercing through my hot, unstable body: Covid, Cancer, Covid, Cancer, Covid, Cancer, Covid, Cancer, Cancer.


 
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