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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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."


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.


Emily P.

The Doctors Told Me I Was Too Young for Cancer

The doctors told me I was too young for cancer and since I don’t have any history of breast cancer in my family the tumor in my breast must just be dense tissue. It took several months to get my breast cancer diagnosis after I had to advocate for myself and insist on a biopsy. At the time of my diagnosis, we knew it was already in my lymph nodes but luckily it hadn’t traveled beyond that.


Jamie N.

Jamie's Story

GYRT is getting up again and again. Dragging out of that sinking hole you were kicked in and realizing the other people doing the same thing around you


Beth R.

Of Course it Wasn’t Cancer, I Was Only 14

Although cancer might be gone, for now, my anxiety and worry have never left. Now I am faced with a new fight, this time, not physically but mentally to live to be my best, share positivity, and appreciate the days I have without cancer.


Rachel M.

Stuck

This time last year Was one of the worst times Of my life


Sandra Z.

I'm Sorry, But it's Cancer

On February 28th my doctor called me with the dreadful words, “I’m sorry, but it’s cancer.”. My whole life changed. I couldn’t understand how I got this terrible disease. I was 34 years old, with no risk factors. I never smoked, never worked anywhere with radiation or exposed chemicals, I had no family history, and when I got genetic testing done, I tested negative for 34 oncogenes.


Katie S.

I’m Much More Than My Conditions

It is important to be your own advocate. If you are not comfortable with your doctors, then you need to get a second opinion, even a third and fourth until you are happy with your decision. I decided that it would be best for me to take time off work, and move in with family. I chose to live with my sister who lived in Louisiana.


Jane M.

Jane Marczewski's (Nightbirde) Breast Cancer Story

Read the story of Jane Marczewski about how GRYT is holding stubbornly to the belief that even the hard things work together for good—no pain is ever wasted.


Emily P.

The Doctors Told Me I Was Too Young for Cancer

The doctors told me I was too young for cancer and since I don’t have any history of breast cancer in my family the tumor in my breast must just be dense tissue. It took several months to get my breast cancer diagnosis after I had to advocate for myself and insist on a biopsy. At the time of my diagnosis, we knew it was already in my lymph nodes but luckily it hadn’t traveled beyond that.


Jennifer A.

Jennifer's Story

GRYT is dropping out a semester of college and being hospitalized throughout college, and STILL graduating on-time. Because cancer can't hold me back.


Liza M.

Liza's Story

GRYT is being diagnosed with old lady cancer at 21 (a month after your birthday), after watching your dad, grandma and nana die from this very illness.


Raelea W.

Raelea's Story

GRYT is sharing your story when you can because you never want to forget the path it took to becoming the strong woman you are today.


Amber Y.

Cancer Will Not Take Over Me

I choose life. I’m going to fight to the very end to make sure I’m there for my son’s first birthday, his first steps, my wedding anniversary, my sister’s college graduation. Everything that I was planning before, is still going to be my reality later. I’m choosing to smile through my treatments in hopes to show others that if I can do it, so can you.


Lula C.

Life is Beautiful and It Takes Just a Second to Change Everything

I do a lot to help people who are on this beautiful road of evolution. I am a speaker and talk about my experience and everything I’ve learned. I teach how to really live, and the key to being happy in life is to care, to have tolerance and acceptance. My life now is better and I live it, one minute at a time. Because I now have another opportunity to do it, just for me.


Sophie D.

Fought Like a Girl and Won

GRYT is appreciating everyday being cancer free and never forgetting the journey I have and will continue to be on.


Rachel M.

Cancer Isn't Just Cancer

The truth is, I’m really struggling. Struggling with school, struggling with my mental health, struggling with making sense of everything I’ve gone through. Because it isn’t fair. It will never be fair that I got cancer, and it will never be fair that anyone gets cancer.


Begoña V.

One Year Ago My Whole World Fell Apart

I’ve learned a lot during this year: how to love myself, how to heal, how to survive and how to take care of me. I’ve learned that it is very important to share our feelings and experiences in order to help those who need it. I know I have to stay strong for myself, enjoy every minute I can because life is worth it.


Arianna G.

Cancer Is The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To Me

I was diagnosed a second time and deemed terminal. I decided not to continue treatment so I could live out my time feeling fully myself. I began to adopt the perspective that if this cancer was meant to kill me it would, and if it wasn’t meant to kill me, it was meant to teach me a lesson. So I decided to find that lesson, learn through it, and apply it to my life.


Katie S.

I’m Much More Than My Conditions

It is important to be your own advocate. If you are not comfortable with your doctors, then you need to get a second opinion, even a third and fourth until you are happy with your decision. I decided that it would be best for me to take time off work, and move in with family. I chose to live with my sister who lived in Louisiana.


Emily P.

The Doctors Told Me I Was Too Young for Cancer

The doctors told me I was too young for cancer and since I don’t have any history of breast cancer in my family the tumor in my breast must just be dense tissue. It took several months to get my breast cancer diagnosis after I had to advocate for myself and insist on a biopsy. At the time of my diagnosis, we knew it was already in my lymph nodes but luckily it hadn’t traveled beyond that.