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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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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The In-Between

by Brooke Barnes October 12, 2020

A normal day for me includes waking up and, if I’m feeling especially on top of things, an hour before I need to so I can get in a workout, shower, eat breakfast, do my hair and makeup, get dressed, find the perfect pair of shoes and head to work.

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Fight for Your Life

by James Suy October 5, 2020

Hello, the name’s James. At the age of 16, I wished to play football as a pro. Training and practicing for hours on a daily until one day, I went for a tackle and missed that to all of my weight compressed on my arm. It was unusual for such pain to occur. Visited the sports trainer and later got admitted to multiple hospitals.

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Remission: A New Perspective

by Ruth Kavanagh September 27, 2020

Remission. I cringe when I hear the word. I especially cringe when I’m asked, always in a high-pitched, much too enthusiastic tone, “So are you in remission now?” I know and understand why people ask. I also know that by asking in a gleeful way, it’s because they hope the answer will be a resounding “Yes!”

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Reflection on Where I am Today with Thyroid Cancer

by Danielle Nicosia September 21, 2020

In July 2012, I was diagnosed with Metastatic Thyroid Cancer after being misdiagnosed for ten years. I was being seen by a Chief Endocrinologist named Doctor Shapiro who works in Mineola, New York. He refused to listen to me until I ended up blacking out in college and was taken to the hospital.

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Mr. F. Cancer Barged In

by Beverly Bradley

I thought door-to-door salesmen had to knock. This one barged right in! Said his name was Mr. F. Cancer. I didn’t know what he was selling. He handed me five pamphlets and a booklet on himself. I glanced at the first title: “Living With Cancer.”

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