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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Help! I’m in Hot Flash Hell!

by Marloe Esch July 23, 2021

Hot flashes and night sweats are common side effects of cancer treatment. Although hot flashes themselves are not unsafe or unhealthy, they can be extremely disruptive and distressing. The good news is that there are options available to help you find relief.  

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Toolbox Tips for Establishing Your New Normal

by Laura Lang-Ree July 19, 2021

When our three and a half year old little girl was diagnosed with ALL we had all of those feelings. Overwhelm. Denial. Despair at the three years of treatment and five years of follow up ahead of us.

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I am a cancer survivor – sort of.

by Jenney Bitner July 16, 2021

I’m still not quite sure what to do with myself. I feel like a walking miracle. Somehow I beat a deadly diagnosis, yet I am still looking over my shoulder for it to come back. I don’t understand why I am still here, and so many people are not.

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How PCHP Led Me to Love (Myself)

by Emily Ward July 8, 2021

So long as every person involved is a consenting adult, there is no wrong way to engage in sexual intimacy. In fact, I have found my experiences to be deeply liberating and a confirmation that we are all deserving of intimacy and pleasure regardless of our disability, illness, or trauma if that’s what we desire. 

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Dear Cancer, I Feel So Much Guilt

by Amanda Charron

Why do you choose to end my friends’ lives instead of mine? They’re parents and spouses too. Some of them had much less time with their kids than I have had with mine. All of them were so accomplished and loving. I feel so much guilt over this.

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Triggered

by Jennifer Anand July 2, 2021

I recently started dating the most incredible guy ever. From meeting me through friends several months ago, he knew I had cancer. Once we started dating, I tried to push him away by dumping all the cancer stuff, but he blessedly stayed. 

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Dear Cancer, I Wish You the Worst

by Brandon Gutteridge June 25, 2021

I’ve moved numerous times and think I’ve finally found a quiet place away from you. You’ve stalked me through so many cities, I’m surprised you haven’t found me here yet.

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Dear Cancer, This is My Battle Cry

by Andrew Williams

I learned your lessons and will share them with others before you enter their lives so they will not make your acquaintance. You are longer taking the lead in this match. It’s my turn; it’s humanity’s turn to strike back.

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Dear Cancer, I’ll Hold On

by Abi Andoy

There must be something the universe has in store for me, something I can still do, something I can still contribute, something I can still feel.

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Dear Cancer, You Left Shattered Pieces of Glass

by Amit Subar Solway June 18, 2021

When you finally left, I was lost. Of course, I never wanted you to come back, but I also didn’t know how to live without you anymore. How to pick up the shattered pieces of glass you left behind.

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