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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The Devastation Is Unforgivable

by Chantale Thurston December 26, 2019

Finding out about you was one of the two worst days of my life. My mind went into panic as I had lost my dad to you just seven months before and my father in law was told about you invading him just a mere six days before I heard the words.

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Getting Through the Darkest Days

by Anne Courso December 19, 2019

Dear Cancer, It was right between chemo number five and six. Against everything that you read on the Internet I was going home to visit my dad. This meant one week of airplanes and hospitals, the two places filled with the most germs. As I prepared myself to go home, I packed my steroid pills, […]

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A Goodbye Letter to my Breasts

by Marloe Esch December 16, 2019

I guess I owe you an apology.  I’m sorry it took me so damn long to love you for what you were.Remember when I was little, and I ran around with balled up napkins and water balloons under my shirt?

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#SorryNotSorry

by University Hospitals AYA Cancer Group - Cleveland, OH

It’s been a year. Fuck you. (x a billion). You took over my life. I’m trapped. I can’t do anything I used to do. I hate feeling so tired. You make me walk like a 70-year-old woman. Everyone walks miles ahead of me.

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Not Today Cancer

by Amy Correa December 12, 2019

Dear Cancer, I hate you. I hate everything about you. You latched yourself onto my breast and created a fast-growing invasive tumor that decided to travel to other essential parts of my body. You do not care who I am. You do not care about my family, my heart, or my mind. You only care […]

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Bring It On Cancer

by Timothy Tusick December 11, 2019

I’m grateful you came to me. You made me realize who I am and have brought far more good into my life than bad. I recognize what you are doing to me is nasty, messed up, and depressing but you will never depress me, and you will never break me.

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The Honey Badger

by Sabrina Shelton December 3, 2019

You know that you’re a real honey badger, right tho’? You just don’t care! The way that you can be so aggressive and not even care or take into consideration about how the other person feels about you or what’s going on with them.

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I Ran Away to an Island Far Away

by Beth Peck

Until I ran away.  I ran away from my new life because you still haunted me.  In a desperate quest to learn who I was without you, I ran away to an island far away.  I left my job, family, and responsibilities behind.  I had to fight this battle alone.  Or so I thought.

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You Are Not Alone

by Aerial Donovan

This letter is long overdue. I think I need to spell some things out. There are some truths that I need to state out loud – just to set the record straight between us.

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Beauty Born from Heartache

by KM Hammond November 27, 2019

Hey Cancer, I stayed up last night, thinking of you. Don’t tell. It’d be awkward if people knew. I have a scan in a few months. And, as I thought of you, I visualized my PET results. All healthy and white with the lack of you. It felt … empty. I felt empty. So, in […]

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