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 who's been touched by cancer to share their story here. 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

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.


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.

Liz H.

Choosing to Use Your Voice

Liz shares her experience of her bladder cancer diagnosis, deciding to not be silent about her cancer, and her drive to become a bladder cancer advocate. "You don’t have to reach the masses with your experience, you just have to reach one person."

Christian B.

Christian moves to Director of Digital Strategy role

Christian writes how he is thankful to have had GRYT in his life during his own cancer diagnosis and treatment time... and how he will be helping even more people find and use this invaluable resource.

Farah G.

Farah's Story

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

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