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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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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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 C.

Jane Claudio's Story

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.