Patients

The stories and experiences in this category are written by people currently going through treatments for cancer. Read these stories to find inspiration and know that you are not alone in your fight with cancer.

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Keepin’ It (too) Real

by Cameron Deverel-Rico January 26, 2021

If there is one bright spot in my cancer journey, it is my newfound ability to overstep social boundaries within a few minutes of meeting a new person. “Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Cameron. I currently live in Boulder and I can’t figure out if I have heartburn or there’s a tumor in my chest.”

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Cancer Care for the LGBTQ+ Patient: Creating Equity in Oncology and Community

by Hailey Johnston

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, plus (LGBTQ+) folks come from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, races, age-groups, and life experiences.

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Facing Your Mortality in Split Seconds

by Ariane Ambriz January 4, 2021

When discussing the most consequential moments in anyone’s cancer journey, you hear about the initial diagnosis, relapses, or the surprisingly debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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HOPE… Beyond My Name

by Esperanza Sigie December 21, 2020

My mother used to say, “Everyone is the architect of his own destiny”. However, in the middle of 2018, I expressed to her my disagreement with that phrase, given that destiny is out of our control. Due to my recently diagnosed cancer, my destiny was not as planned anymore.

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MBC Parasite

by Ruth Arnold December 16, 2020

It’s always there. Sometimes a whisper. Sometimes a touch. Sometimes a loud din that is hard to hear beyond. A hum. A bright overpowering visual. A darkening of my perspective so that it is hard to distinguish figures. But, always there.

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My Choice

by Ellie Manzano November 30, 2020

Since receiving my diagnosis at 24, this is the phrase I’d hear time and time again. You don’t have a choice. But this phrase is incomplete. It should say “ You don’t have a choice, because if you don’t do this, you will die.” No one wants to say that to a grieving, shocked patient.

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Hodgkin Hub: Empowering the Hodgkin Lymphoma Community from Diagnosis Through Treatment

by Nick Giallourakis

In the patient community, personal stories from people who have faced a similar cancer diagnosis have the power to offer invaluable insights, support and connection to others who may be starting on this life-changing journey.

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A Perfectly Cut Diamond

by Dalia Grace November 10, 2020

Have you ever had this feeling before? Have you ever felt that life keeps on challenging you? As if it gains all the power in the world to crush you! Have you ever felt that life hates your existence? Have you ever felt that you don’t have any power left in you to fight back?

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Cancerversary #1

by Paola Palmieri November 9, 2020

I decided that June 1st is my cancerversary. Technically it is, give and take a few days. I was diagnosed one year ago. Something about the first that connotes a fresh start, a new beginning, a new chapter. I guess having a cancer diagnosis is exactly that one way or another.

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How I Worked Through Chemo: Inspiration for Anyone Who Needs It

by Genoa Martell October 21, 2020

How I Worked Through Chemo: Inspiration for Anyone Who Needs It. As individuals, a cancer diagnosis and our personal response to it is a defining moment.

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