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 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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Download the Top 7 Tips for a Successful Doctor’s Visit

by Nick Giallourakis February 10, 2021

In collaboration with our friends at Abridge, we developed the handout “Top 7 tips for a successful doctor’s visit”. Our goal is to have this be a resource to help organize and prepare patients before any oncology or PCP visit.

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The Impact of Showing Up…or Not

by Stephen Heaviside February 7, 2021

Forgiveness is a virtue. I’ve always been a pretty loyal and forgiving person – often at the expense of my own personal growth and mental health, as I have extended the benefit of the doubt to many people, jobs and situations that didn’t truly deserve it.

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Being Present for Kirsten

by Jordann Phillips

My dear friend Kirsten was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia following our sophomore year of college. While others were going about their lives studying, attending sporting events and parties, Kirsten was entering the fight of her life: for her life.

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The Cancer Patient: Behind the Emoji

by Jennifer Anand February 3, 2021

Every morning, I wake up and scroll through Instagram to read the stories posted on The Cancer Patient (TCP) account. This account and online community has personally brought me laughter and comfort on my darkest days.

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Here’s How I Shaved My Head

by Jenny Burbank February 2, 2021

I’m out to prove a point, btw, that what YOU read, see, hear about cancer is a load of shit. People posing triumphantly. Ringing a bell. Surrounded by family and friends. It’s a production.

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Being Present: How My Daughter’s Experience Inspired Us To Improve Support For Young Adults with Cancer

by Abby Westerman

As I sat in my daughter Kirsten’s hospital room one afternoon in August of 2015, I looked across at her to see the sun shining on her face through the window.

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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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