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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Dear Cancer, There is Life After You

by Vikki Ramdass June 4, 2021

Why cancer, why did you come into my life, why did you break my heart, why did you take my family away from me? What did I do to deserve this? Do you hate me that much? Cancer became my number one enemy. I wish researchers can come up with a one cure for all, but a girl can dream, right. How do you heal a broken heart? Can you really stop all my tears shed every night? Is it your life’s vision to wipe out the world’s population?

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Dear Cancer, Stop Taking Things from Me

by Chris Taylor

Dear Cancer, All you have done is take things from me. You’ve taken my mother and brother. I knew you would come after me eventually. The symptoms had already started when you got one of my favorite aunts. Did you have to take my grown niece too? After I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma you tried to beat me down some more by making me watch several friends die of cancer. None of your tricks worked. You are an idiot. You are nothing but a piece of low-life, scumbag, son of a you know what.

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How That C Word Rocked My World

by Ali Quilici Cooper April 13, 2021

It’s been just over three months to the day since I found out that I had a golf ball sized brain tumor in my right frontal lobe. Just about a month after that I found out that it was a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer.

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You Are Perfect

by Courtney Burnett March 30, 2021

A few months ago, a young woman who knew me through a mutual friend asked me how old I was. When I told her I had just turned thirty, she said “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but when I’m your age, I hope I don’t turn out like you…. You know, with cancer.”

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A Pharmacist’s Story

by Sydney Beliles March 29, 2021

You know how they say that cancer affects everyone in some shape or fashion? It may be a personal journey or that of a friend, partner, coworker or family member.

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You Have Cancer… Again.

by Lindsay Cacavollia March 14, 2021

“You have cancer … again.” You would think those words wouldn’t sting so badly the third time. As if you’d become numb to them or had grown a thick skin towards them or maybe the familiarity of those three words made them not so terrifying.

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The Other Shoe

by Jennifer Anand

I remember my freshman Honors College Orientation. We were each given a fill-in-the-blank paper. What are your graduation goals? What academic goals do you have? What social groups are you going to join?

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Men, Cancer, and the ‘S’ Word

by Trevor Maxwell March 8, 2021

Shame. The man who trusted his body feels betrayed by it. The man who had developed confidence in his environment feels suddenly and irrevocably lost. He’s facing a killer disease that he knows nothing about, without the language or tools to fight it. Now, he’s a “patient” at the mercy of doctors, insurers, and the health care system.

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Warnings – My Ovaries Are Trying to Tell Me Something

by Laura Clark-Hansen

Before I was discharged from the hospital my surgeon and my gynecologic oncologist had warned, “Stay off the internet. You’ll only succeed in terrifying yourself.” If their intent was to protect me by saying this they had both failed miserably.

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March 2021 Magazine: What Cancer REALLY Does to Me

by Nick Giallourakis March 1, 2021

In this new magazine, the AYA cancer community dives into how cancer REALLY changes them. From rocking your faith or strengthening faith, realizing people don’t think you “fit” the mold, feeling guilting for surviving, what that damn “C” word does to you, and how some use their voice for supporting others. This is definitely a must read issue!

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