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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Dear Cancer, I’ll Hold On

by Abi Andoy June 25, 2021

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.


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.


Dear Cancer, Boys Do Need to Cry

by Jay Middleton

Now that I have given myself permission to cry it is easier than not crying. Giving myself permission became extremely important after my surgery and during my radiation treatment.


Dear Cancer, I Failed at Cancer School

by Missy Burgess June 11, 2021

I went through 16 rounds of chemotherapy, 2 surgeries, and 28 rounds of radiation, and I failed at cancer school. The thought of having to repeat these courses, though, is now my greatest fear.


Dear Cancer, I am My Own Story

by Mia Tardive

You see, I am finally giving myself the permission to be me in the most authentic way possible. Sure, you might have forced my hand at discovering these things about myself all at once rather than bit by bit as I age, but I’m sick and tired of you taking the credit for how my life has changed.


Dear Cancer, I Won’t Sit in Fear

by Grace Mosby

Ever since you left, I can’t quite seem to find a rhythm. When I take two steps forward, you push me three steps back. I escaped our toxic affair, yet the ghost of who we were follows me everywhere.


Dear Cancer, Your Pain Made Me Stronger

by Carolyn Breinich June 4, 2021

Now I’ve written a book about my battle with you, so others will have the courage to fight you too. You might have thought you were powerful, but my faith was more powerful than you. I trusted my doctors, and I trusted God; together, you were defeated. You tried to destroy me, but in the end, you only made me stronger.


Dear Cancer, It’s Been Complicated

by Marissa Thomas June 1, 2021

Dear Cancer, It’s been complicated. I’m sure a lot of people would like to know how we met. Were we introduced by family (genetics), online dating (Google searching my symptoms), restaurant, or bar (bad eating/too much drinking)?


Dear Cancer, I Can Handle Anything Because of You

by Devyani Mahajan

Well, in 2017, I thought life was good. There was so much to look forward to. But Cancer, you chose to show your ugly and repulsive face, at a time when everything in my life was how it should be.


The Return of the Dear Cancer Magazine

by Nick Giallourakis

What would you say to cancer if you could write it a letter? That is what this new issue is all about. For those that do not remember and have not been a part of the Herd prior to 2020, we ran our first Dear Cancer issue in December 2019.