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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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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My Transplant Birthday

by Jennifer Anand March 17, 2021

I’m sitting here crying at 8AM on a Wednesday morning, and I don’t even know why. Wait…I kinda do. Tomorrow’s my 8-yr transplant birthday. WOW! I should be so excited! Eight years is terrific!! Celebrate life! Do something big! Enjoy all the things!! Congratulations!!

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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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Embody Your Body

by Marloe Esch RN, BSN, OCN

Cancer is not just life-changing; it can be body-altering as well.  We lose body parts to surgery and our hair with chemo.  We acquire scars, develop lymphedema, and experience weight fluctuations. 

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Guys: Let the Emotions Out

by Jay Carter March 8, 2021

As a football player growing up, I was always taught to never show emotion on the field. Tired? Stand tall and take deep breaths. Opponent getting the best of you? Keep pushing, and get him back on the next play.

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