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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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Healing Home

by Sara Krish January 11, 2021

To heal is to become sound or healthy again. To be healthy is living a full life. There was a time in my early thirties close to cancer when my language and storytelling included  the word BROKEN.


Finding My Tribe

by Rachael Walker January 4, 2021

I thought my cancer center had given me excellent care. I loved my medical oncologist, who drew extensive illustrations on blank white paper to teach me about my cancer.


The Journey of Healing After Cancer

by Colleen Gallagher

Releasing a Life-Long Cancer Medication Sentence, Overcoming Survivors Guilt, Anxiety, Worry and Creating an Impact-Driven Business. The orange and black basketball was bouncing between my hands and the ground.


The Dreaded Dentist

by Jennifer Anand December 8, 2020

My dad has amazing teeth. At 50, I think he maybe has had 1 cavity ever, if at all. My mother has had so much work on her mouth, it’s a wonder it’s all still together. I inherited my dad’s teeth (praise be).