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.


  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Ductal Carcinoma
  • Histiocytic Sarcoma
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Sarcoma Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

  • Advocacy
  • AYA
  • Be Your Own Advocate
  • Career
  • Caregiver
  • College
  • Doctor
  • Find Your Voice
  • Genetic Mutation
  • GRYT Team
  • Lawyer
  • Mental Health
  • Metastatic
  • Need
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Oncologist
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Patient Power
  • Positivity
  • Researcher
  • Running
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Survivor
  • Tell Your Story
  • Treatment
  • Triple Positive
  • Use Your Voice
  • Vulnerability
Farah G.

Farah's Story

GRYT is choosing to see only the blessings in the midst of chaos.

David R.

David Reed's Story

I am thankful for every day and I enjoy my life to the full. I no longer look to a job or my physical strength to define who I am or to give me confidence. I’m still here for my family, in a different way. In a better way.

Casey H.

Casey's Story Matters

Get your tissues ready for this heartfelt, raw story by Casey.

Courtney N.

Courtney's Ductal Carcinoma Cancer Story

GRYT is knowing something is going to be immensely difficult, and facing it with open arms, accepting it into your life so you can better conquer such a difficult task.

Ellis E.

Schrödinger's Cancer

The space between tests and diagnosis, where you both have cancer and don't have cancer.

Lauren L.

Lauren Shares Her Story

Meet our Program Coordinator Lauren, she will share her cancer story as well as what she does here at GRYT Health.


Michelle and Her "Cancer Card" Moment

Michelle describes a memory from having cancer when she was 11 years old.

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

Lacey B.

The Beast is Back, and it Will Eventually Kill Me

Being terminal isn’t for the faint of heart. On August 1, 2017, just weeks before the start of my last year in graduate school, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia — an aggressive blood cancer. I was immediately hospitalized for treatment and on November 7, 2017, I received cells from an anonymous donor for an allogeneic stem cell transplant, a hope for a cure.

Christian B.

Christian Shares His Story

I didn't know anyone that had cancer.

Nichole O.

Tell Your Story, Nichole

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.



It's definitely been a journey, I had no idea what this cancer world was until I was part of it, and I just want to help anyone that has to go through this.

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.

Patrick M.

Patrick's Story

GRYT is learning to walk again at age 33.


Jorge's Cancer Story

Jorge pulls his strength through his new cancer community to talks about the difficulty of his cancer journey.


Karen's Story

GRYT is recognizing that caregivers are survivors too!!

Rhayne T.

Approach a Breast Cancer Diagnosis with a Sense of Humor!

No, it did not run in my family, no I never drank, used drugs or smoked, no I didn’t eat sugar, yes I took care of my body…yet it showed up anyway. Oh boy. Since I have been telling people for centuries to be informed and NOT live in fear, I was now in a position to walk my talk. And I did. I HAD to!

Alexandra K.

Alexandra's Story

GRYT is discovering that the back of my head is not flat #nohairdontcare!


Dee Fighter / Thriver

This event is called Tell Your Story but this is Our Story. GRYT Health, Stupid Cancer and Gina. Our magical flying unicorn.

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.

Andoni S.

Andoni's Story

“I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three.” said President Obama in 2009

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.

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.

Nicole B.

Nicole's Story

GRYT is making the most of every moment I have as I now realize what a gift each day truly is.


What I've learned by being an Oncology Social Worker

I'm an oncology social worker and normally when people hear that they just back up and say "Woah" I enjoy that moment because I am able to say what I'd like to say to you tonight and that's...

John S.

John, Let's Fight Cancer Together

Our cameraman gets in front of the camera to share his cancer experience.


Robin's Story

Robin takes the stage so her daughter can nap.

Jearlean T.

I Am Not Defined By My Circumstances

Through my journey I discovered, I am not defined by my circumstances. It is now important for me to inspire, encourage and empower others, especially the ostomy community. I hope my story pushes others to come out of their comfort zone in sharing their story because everybody has a story to tell.


Jaden's Story

Cancer isn't fair.

Ashley B.

I Was Not Going to Let a Disease Take My Power Away

Sharing my personal story creates so much awareness, support, and love. We all live on Mother Earth. We all deserve to have power over our bodies, our choices, and our lives. Love your body. Love yourself. Be aware, feel the power, and bring light and love with it.

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.

Sarah D.

Sarah's Story

GRYT is living every day knowing you shouldn’t be alive.

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.

Krysten Cancer Warrior Alliance

My mission is to get rid of the phrase "I wish I knew about this place when..."

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.

Richard and the "C" word

The only "C" word that I want to focus on is "Cure"


"Cancer has brought the best people into my life."

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.


Jason's Story

Jason goes outside his comfort zone to share his story.

Carol L.

Now I’m Suddenly a Cervical Cancer Patient

The silver lining in my cervical cancer diagnosis was finding Cervivor. This amazing organization teaches women like me that our stories matter and collectively we are smashing the stigma of HPV and cervical cancer. Our mission is to educate and advocate for cancer prevention and this movement gives my story a purpose.



Sophia reads the poem Blackened Heart.



We can all joke about our own cancer diagnosis but there is a truth behind those jokes that we all have to come to terms with.

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.



Chris recalls the events leading up to his cancer diagnosis, which in hindsight are pretty funny.

Liza M

I use humor to deal with things

Liza uses humor to deal with her diagnosis.

Jamie N


Being a young adult with cancer makes you feel left out and left behind. Finding your community can help you learn to live again.



Starr talks about how she used her cancer diagnosis to help her be positive and go outside her comfort zone.

Ardith's Story

Ardith talks about how her life changed when her niece was born.

Leman's Last Chapter

Leman has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He recalls the last year of his life.

Alyssa Reads Her Sister's Obituary

Brooklyn is Alyssa's twin sister. Brooklyn has a terminal cancer diagnosis and asked Alyssa to write her obituary. She read it for her at CancerCon 2019 at GRYT Health's Tell Your Story event. Grab a box of kleenex...

Brooklyn Tells Her Story at CancerCon

Words cannot describe what an incredible woman Brooklyn is.

Elizabeth uses her Cancer Card

CancerCon 2019, GRYT Healths Tell Your Story Event, Elizabeth shares one of her moments using her cancer card.

Kyle's GRYT story

Kyle talks about his battle with testicular cancer and lets us know what Checkfifteen is all about!

Jessica's Story

Kat's Story

Sarah's Story

Dr. Sadhana Jackson Shares Her Story

GRYT is being a 34 year old oncologist who was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.