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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We’re All a Little Lost

by Jennifer Anand January 6, 2022

It’s the holiday season, and Santa Claus is coming ‘round… so begin the lyrics to a very cheerful Christmas song, about Santa helping us celebrate the holidays. But sitting here, in a borrowed house because my family is quarantined due to breakthrough COVID and I can’t be with them, with sunlight streaming through the window onto the artificial hyacinth, I’m feeling anything but cheer.

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New Year, New Me…

by Alique Topalian PhD, MPH January 4, 2022

New year, new me… I have always absolutely hated that saying. However, this year I literally am a “new me.” Most of my cells have been killed and replaced to generate a “new me.” Living most of six months in the hospital for intensive chemotherapy has formed a “new me.”

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Surviving Cancer: My Life’s Retrospective

by Eve Sotiriadou December 21, 2021

Four years have passed since my initial cancer diagnosis, and reflecting back on that Halloween evening of 2017 does not get any easier. I still remember the clothes I was wearing and the pink eyeshadow that made me feel like a million bucks as I walked into the endocrinology department at the local hospital.

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What Do the Holidays Mean to Me Now?

by Chelsey Gomez December 20, 2021

If I had custom ornaments made to commemorate my last three Christmases they would read: Christmas 2018 — “The one where I had cancer.” Christmas 2019 — “The one where I had cancer… again.” 

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Musings on a Cancery Christmas

by Meghan Konkol December 17, 2021

December 21, 2018. Winter solstice. It was the darkest day of the year, and also turned out to be one of the darkest days of my life. The day I was told I had breast cancer. I received the news over the phone from a doctor I barely knew.

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The Holidays: Befores and Afters

by Emma Vivian December 15, 2021

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 4th, 2018. I didn’t know it in that moment, but my life had been permanently fractured into befores and afters. Before I found the lump. Before the scan. Before the phone call from my doctor.

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My New Year, My New Season

by Aileen Burke December 14, 2021

The holiday season is in full effect, and I can’t say I thought too much about the levity of the holidays these past few years. It didn’t feel right to.

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The Evolution of Holidays in my Life

by Vikki Ramdass December 9, 2021

Holidays – they are indeed a special time of the year. But the word holiday may mean different things to different people all over the world. Let’s start at the beginning, when we were all kids looking forward to holidays.

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It Never Ends

by Jennifer Anand December 7, 2021

Life recently has been non-cancer focused, for once! I recently took a new position in my company, finally moved away from the hospital and city I was sick in and am generally doing healthy young adult things. Record scratching screeching stop. 

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Thanks for Changing Me

by Alyssa Greenwell December 3, 2021

“Code Blue, ninth floor, room 20.” Those are words I never heard in the hospital, because I was in room 20 in cardiac arrest. It is always terrifying hearing color codes being called on the PA system, but a Code Blue makes your heart sink.

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