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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The Moments in Our Metamorphosis

by Alexa Jett February 15, 2021

Ah, my first day of being a cancer patient. While my shiny new diagnosis code was already sitting in my medical record, this was my first day at the specialty hospital. The one you hope to never find yourself in when you’re 25.

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Live In The Moment

by Ruth Kavanagh

BE PRESENT. WHAT WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE TO DO:  LIVE IN THE MOMENT.  EMBRACE EVERY DAY BECAUSE TOMORROW IS NEVER PROMISED.  I feel it’s safe to say that anyone who has been affected by cancer is constantly living in a state of “What if?”

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Love and Cancer

by Arely Acuna

I fell in love for the first time at 21 and it was that type of unreal type of love, the kind you only see in movies… love at first sight type of love. I had never experienced that before so when I say I fell hard I fell all the way.

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Even Cancer Patients Like Sex

by Amanda Ferraro February 7, 2021

I know this topic is peculiar to talk about but as an adult it is a natural occurrence. Let’s talk about sex! I know you squirmed a little bit reading that and to be honest I am a little uncomfortable too, but I do not know why.

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Cancer Care for the LGBTQ+ Patient: Creating Equity in Oncology and Community

by Hailey Johnston January 26, 2021

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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Warrior

by Keaton Williams January 25, 2021

My name is Keaton Williams and I am a cancer survivor. I was 19 years old, newly out of high school and thriving through college life.  I was working at Disneyland, going out with friends, dating; everything was perfect.

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Ten Years Old

by Juanita Prada January 20, 2021

Ten years old, first day of fifth grade, I can tell this story countless times, and it will never fade. The mild leg pain as I awake for a new day, assuming it’s a growth spurt, telling myself it will go away.

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Finding My Herd and Voice

by Yolanda Murphy January 19, 2021

Since childhood I have always wondered where I “fit” in. You know, the regular teenage angst of wanting to be accepted and loved but at the same time still trying to figure out who you really are.

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Reconciling Faith, Family, and Cancer

by Steven Welch January 13, 2021

Growing up in a religion that kept you in line by catastrophizing everything, I would have thought that my whole life leading up to that point was preparing me to handle the word “cancer” when my doctor called on December 21st, 2015.

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Finding Your Herd – YASU Style

by Stephanie Scoletti

When Nick (Giallourakis) asked me to write my story on “finding your herd”, so many thoughts entered my mind. Should I write from my personal experience? Should I frame this as a nonprofit oncology professional?

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