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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Being Present for Kirsten

by Jordann Phillips February 7, 2021

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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Facing Your Mortality in Split Seconds

by Ariane Ambriz January 4, 2021

When discussing the most consequential moments in anyone’s cancer journey, you hear about the initial diagnosis, relapses, or the surprisingly debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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HOPE… Beyond My Name

by Esperanza Sigie December 21, 2020

My mother used to say, “Everyone is the architect of his own destiny”. However, in the middle of 2018, I expressed to her my disagreement with that phrase, given that destiny is out of our control. Due to my recently diagnosed cancer, my destiny was not as planned anymore.

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MBC Parasite

by Ruth Arnold December 16, 2020

It’s always there. Sometimes a whisper. Sometimes a touch. Sometimes a loud din that is hard to hear beyond. A hum. A bright overpowering visual. A darkening of my perspective so that it is hard to distinguish figures. But, always there.

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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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