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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I Am Not Your Cute Subplot: Cancer in Media

by Morgan Boyer June 13, 2020

Next time, give me a cancer character who is too exhausted from their chemo to do the dishes so they take their pills with a coffee mug. Give me a cancer character whose chemo fog causes them to forget to text their roommate to get toilet paper at the store and the moment they realize it they cuss. Give me a cancer character who hates taking the dog out because every time a neighbor stops to ask them how they’re doing, even though they just spoke to each other yesterday, so why would it have changed? Give me a cancer character who is annoyed at all of the people they’ve ever known on Facebook posting on their wall about how bad they feel for them.


Whispers from the Ghost of Vlad

by Jennifer Sherman June 8, 2020

I wanted to let you know that I’m not okay with you being here, but it’s fine. The world I knew is gone now, and I can’t get rid of you. I don’t even really want to. You’ve changed me, and you’re part of me forever. I don’t want to be complacent, and I don’t want to go back. You remind me to look around and really see what’s there.


Picture Perfect is Overrated

by Rachel Mihalko

I’ve realized that things are never going to be picture perfect. Some days that I thought would be not a big deal meant the world to me. And other days that I put so much into, were underwhelming. I can’t control what the outcome of anything is going to look like, and I’m learning to be okay with that. 


Studying Resilience Among AYAs

by Urska Kosir June 5, 2020

Mental health matters. Mental health impact of cancer can be bigger than the physical aspect of it. Mental health aspect of cancer needs to stop being a taboo.


Crocs and Socks: Bringing Hope Through Treatment 

by Rachel Mihalko June 1, 2020

I stood in front of my dresser with the top middle drawer sitting open, filled with multicolored socks galore, pulling them out one by one. Trying to find pairs and match them, I was reorganizing for the first time in a long time.


Because I Can

by Hanna Madsen

I was in Paris when my dad called to confirm that I had cancer. I had just accepted a position in Afghanistan with a French NGO and was in training. I thought about flying to Afghanistan anyway. The position was only for six months. I could treat it after. No one knew I had cancer.


Masking It

by Anny Carroll May 28, 2020

Recently, I’ve seen numerous people talk about how difficult it is to wear a mask. “It’s too hot.” “I can’t breathe in it.” “It makes me feel claustrophobic.” I’ve had several people ask me how I can possibly stand wearing one all day at work.


Climbing the Mountain

by Lauren Hindman May 13, 2020

I felt like I was walking on clouds…and surprisingly, that’s not as pleasant as it sounds. It’s almost like there was a disconnect between my feet and the ground.


It’s OK Not to Be OK

by Jennifer Anand May 4, 2020

It’s OK to struggle. This quarantine time is so hard. I find each day a battle to get out of bed, and lack motivation to start my day, especially when I don’t even know what day it is!


The Mind, Body, and Soul Series

by Nick Giallourakis April 30, 2020

Sign up and join the young adult communities of the Dear Jack Foundation, Elephants and Tea, and Lacuna Loft during our month-long wellness series in May for an opportunity to connect, grow, and stretch!