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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My New Norm

Lisa's world was turned upside down when she learned she had lung cancer. Here, she shares her story with coming to terms with her new normal.


Depression and Anxiety: Cancer's Path of Destruction When You're Not The One Diagnosed

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."


Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience in the Face of Cancer

Getting through cancer is messy. After your scars heal, how do you even start to put yourself back together emotionally? A relationship with the unexpected, cancer can cause...


Therapeutic Yoga For Cancer

Enjoy some downtime in a mellow 45 minute therapeutic yoga for cancer support session. Join Tara (RTY500) from Lov Yoga (www.lov.yoga), as she teaches a yoga class for all levels of experience. Modifications will be offered so all can participate. You can transition to a nice long savasana at any time as well!


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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.


Justin B.

Depression–A Cancer Survivor’s Story

I’ve alluded to this in past writings, but I fought with clinical depression during high school. However, I’ve never written a full account of this trying time, and in the wake of the unfortunate events with Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and countless others throughout the past decade, I’m ready to take that leap in hopes of letting someone else know to ask for help.


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.


Nichole O.

How to Identify What You Need

So now, instead of pushing to get back to normal, I try and take a few minutes at some point during the day to recognize how I’m feeling, acknowledge it and either address it or let it go. Sometimes simply recognizing your feelings is enough - at least for now.


Nichole O.

How to Identify What You Need

So now, instead of pushing to get back to normal, I try and take a few minutes at some point during the day to recognize how I’m feeling, acknowledge it and either address it or let it go. Sometimes simply recognizing your feelings is enough - at least for now.