Finding your voice - or becoming an advocate for yourself - is an important step in cancer recovery for your mind, body and soul.

But, don’t be too hard on yourself if you are not there yet, or you are not sure where to start. You can’t expect to be an expert in something you’ve never experienced. 

Everyone experiences cancer in a different way. Having resources available to you for support, education – and eventually, empowerment – are so important. In this section, we’ve put together a collection of articles to help you along your journey.

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The Importance of Shared Decision-Making

When planning any type of medical treatment, interactions between the patient and their clinical care team tend to fall into one of the following types: paternalistic, informative, or shared decision-making.


Dave F.

The Power of Your Voice

When I was losing my home after my cancer diagnosis because I couldn’t pay my bills, I was too ashamed to ask for help. When we were losing my father to bladder cancer after his treatment stopped working, I didn’t know there were other treatment options or how to find them.


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.


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.