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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Dear Cancer, You’ve Come Back

by Mallory Casperson June 11, 2021

I cried to the universe. I yelled at the sky.  I cursed the heavens. How could this be? Why was this happening? How would we make it through?

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Dear Cancer: A Son’s Point of View

by Lisa Orr June 7, 2021

I remember when Mama’s phone started ringing. She went to the kitchen and started crying. Dada ran down the stairs and was holding Mama’s hand. I’ve never seen her cry like this before. I felt so scared. I didn’t know what was happening, so I just kept playing with my toys.

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Dear Cancer, I Choose to Heal

by Steph Kennelly June 4, 2021

I know that you are going to create a whole lot of trouble. Anxiety, limited mobility, night sweats, allergic reactions, infections, dry mouth, hair loss… to name a few. So, I get it. People want to fight you. I’ve seen the “Kick Cancer’s A$$” t-shirts, mugs, and novelty socks. But, I am hesitant to put on my boxing gloves. For me, I am not sure I want my journey to be a violent confrontation.

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Dear Cancer, There is Life After You

by Vikki Ramdass

Why cancer, why did you come into my life, why did you break my heart, why did you take my family away from me? What did I do to deserve this? Do you hate me that much? Cancer became my number one enemy. I wish researchers can come up with a one cure for all, but a girl can dream, right. How do you heal a broken heart? Can you really stop all my tears shed every night? Is it your life’s vision to wipe out the world’s population?

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Dear Cancer, Stop Taking Things from Me

by Chris Taylor

Dear Cancer, All you have done is take things from me. You’ve taken my mother and brother. I knew you would come after me eventually. The symptoms had already started when you got one of my favorite aunts. Did you have to take my grown niece too? After I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma you tried to beat me down some more by making me watch several friends die of cancer. None of your tricks worked. You are an idiot. You are nothing but a piece of low-life, scumbag, son of a you know what.

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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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