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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How That C Word Rocked My World

by Ali Quilici Cooper April 13, 2021

It’s been just over three months to the day since I found out that I had a golf ball sized brain tumor in my right frontal lobe. Just about a month after that I found out that it was a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer.

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You Are Perfect

by Courtney Burnett March 30, 2021

A few months ago, a young woman who knew me through a mutual friend asked me how old I was. When I told her I had just turned thirty, she said “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but when I’m your age, I hope I don’t turn out like you…. You know, with cancer.”

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A Pharmacist’s Story

by Sydney Beliles March 29, 2021

You know how they say that cancer affects everyone in some shape or fashion? It may be a personal journey or that of a friend, partner, coworker or family member.

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You Have Cancer… Again.

by Lindsay Cacavollia March 14, 2021

“You have cancer … again.” You would think those words wouldn’t sting so badly the third time. As if you’d become numb to them or had grown a thick skin towards them or maybe the familiarity of those three words made them not so terrifying.

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The Other Shoe

by Jennifer Anand

I remember my freshman Honors College Orientation. We were each given a fill-in-the-blank paper. What are your graduation goals? What academic goals do you have? What social groups are you going to join?

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Men, Cancer, and the ‘S’ Word

by Trevor Maxwell March 8, 2021

Shame. The man who trusted his body feels betrayed by it. The man who had developed confidence in his environment feels suddenly and irrevocably lost. He’s facing a killer disease that he knows nothing about, without the language or tools to fight it. Now, he’s a “patient” at the mercy of doctors, insurers, and the health care system.

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Warnings – My Ovaries Are Trying to Tell Me Something

by Laura Clark-Hansen

Before I was discharged from the hospital my surgeon and my gynecologic oncologist had warned, “Stay off the internet. You’ll only succeed in terrifying yourself.” If their intent was to protect me by saying this they had both failed miserably.

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March 2021 Magazine: What Cancer REALLY Does to Me

by Nick Giallourakis March 1, 2021

In this new magazine, the AYA cancer community dives into how cancer REALLY changes them. From rocking your faith or strengthening faith, realizing people don’t think you “fit” the mold, feeling guilting for surviving, what that damn “C” word does to you, and how some use their voice for supporting others. This is definitely a must read issue!

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How Pokémon Prepared Me for Cancer

by Maria Minadeo February 22, 2021

Like many children of the early naughts, I grew up on a strict diet of Pokémon. I watched the anime every day and spent my free time playing the Game Boy games. The adorable monsters consumed my life starting at five years old.

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“I Want You to Give Me a Job”

by Alec Kupelian

Having someone who says “I want you to give me a job” is important because it let’s me know that I will not be a burden on her in that way, I will be helping her feel like she is doing what she can to support me.

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