Survivorship

The stories and experiences are written by people after cancer treatments. These stories are written for those learning how to get back to work, college or just trying to be themselves again. Just getting past treatments isn’t enough, it is surviving and thriving that is key to being you again.

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To My Younger Self…Would You Believe Me?

by Vikki Ramdass April 21, 2021

Words may not express all my feelings to you as you will be faced with so many challenges later on. How can you prepare a child for all the issues that adults face? Whilst everyone’s childhood supposed to be filled with toys, joy, wonderful family memories, mine was a little different.

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Dear Younger Me, Never Stop Living

by Jennifer Anand April 19, 2021

Jen, hold your life plans loosely. Goals are great. Crushed dreams are painful. Disappointment is hard. Don’t forget that your path will not be straight. I know you love being in control and planning everything out.

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Reflection

by Hailey Johnston April 13, 2021

As I write this letter, I’m imagining you standing in front of your mirror at 16 years old, only a few months past finishing chemo and radiation. It’s around 2:00 p.m., you’re contorting your body in a way that makes you appear as thin as possible for a selfie, and all you’ve had to eat today is a bowl of plain oatmeal with blueberries because you are terrified of any food that isn’t considered “clean.”

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My Perfect Storm

by Vicki Mackie April 12, 2021

Finally, after a long career in the corporate world, as the only female in my industry and cracking some glass ceilings; my dream of semi-retiring came to fruition.  My finances were in good shape, my Colorado home paid off early and my kids were graduated and on their way in life. 

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My Cancer Roller-Coaster

by Erin Pottgen April 5, 2021

Even though I have been traveling my cancer journey for 13 years, it is only just the beginning. I started riding this roller-coaster alone, but now my coaster train is filled and there is even a line of people waiting and wanting to ride alongside me.

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Dear Younger Self

by Karen Costa April 4, 2021

Right now you probably think you know everything you need to know to navigate through life. You probably also think you’re invisible, and nothing can happen to you or your family. Well.. life will throw you some major curve balls and teach you some major lessons.

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Broken Together

by Jennifer Anand March 29, 2021

Cancer has left my body. It no longer resides, but it has certainly left its mark. Diabetes, beginning arthritis, fibromyalgia, lung damage, heart damage, neuropathy, anemia, and much, much more still reside with me.

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IT IS OKAY!!!!!

by Bryan Walker March 25, 2021

It is okay to cry; I did a lot of that. It is okay to be mad; I did a lot of that. It is okay to just be in the moment; I did a lot of that. It is okay to just be you.

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The Thing About Cancer Is

by Arely Acuna March 21, 2021

The thing about cancer that no one ever talks about is that fact that it’s never over. Whether you’re in active treatment or in remission/NED whatever you want to call it the doctor appointments never stop, the scans and scares never stop.

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I’m Tired of Talking About My Emotions!

by Dan Dean

Talking, thinking and writing about, burying, processing and shielding your feelings is kind of a pain in the ass. Feelings! Emotions! Who even wants them sometimes?

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