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 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

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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Men Have No Emotions

by Justin Birckbichler March 1, 2021

As a society, we’ve decided that men are not to show their feelings while women are painted as emotionally transparent. Cancer has shown me that I can’t afford to do that.

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New Perspectives

by Andrew Williams

We are all given one chance at life, but a select few are given two. I was very blessed to be one of those few…To me, life is a journey to discover who you are, what your purpose is and how can you serve others.

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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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