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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The Holidays: Befores and Afters

by Emma Vivian December 15, 2021

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 4th, 2018. I didn’t know it in that moment, but my life had been permanently fractured into befores and afters. Before I found the lump. Before the scan. Before the phone call from my doctor.

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My New Year, My New Season

by Aileen Burke December 14, 2021

The holiday season is in full effect, and I can’t say I thought too much about the levity of the holidays these past few years. It didn’t feel right to.

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The Evolution of Holidays in my Life

by Vikki Ramdass December 9, 2021

Holidays – they are indeed a special time of the year. But the word holiday may mean different things to different people all over the world. Let’s start at the beginning, when we were all kids looking forward to holidays.

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It Never Ends

by Jennifer Anand December 7, 2021

Life recently has been non-cancer focused, for once! I recently took a new position in my company, finally moved away from the hospital and city I was sick in and am generally doing healthy young adult things. Record scratching screeching stop. 

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Thanks for Changing Me

by Alyssa Greenwell December 3, 2021

“Code Blue, ninth floor, room 20.” Those are words I never heard in the hospital, because I was in room 20 in cardiac arrest. It is always terrifying hearing color codes being called on the PA system, but a Code Blue makes your heart sink.

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10 Years – Beauty for Ashes

by Elizabeth Davis December 2, 2021

My young life has been jam packed with hard lessons, but it is still hard to believe that it was ten years ago today when I first heard the words “you have cancer.” Those are impossibly tough words to hear no matter your age, but I felt as if my life that had just begun was suddenly being yanked away from me.

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Supposed to Be My Year

by Ashley Severson November 29, 2021

2021 was supposed to be my year. Living in Los Angeles, I made it through 2020 relatively unscathed, with big plans for the year ahead. I was transferring within my job, moving across the country, and starting my life with the man I love.

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Happily Ever After

by Jennifer Anand November 19, 2021

Happily ever after. Driving off into the sunset, hair streaming in the wind, typically with the love of your life seated next to you. Sound familiar? I know it’s not true. But at every such cliché ending, I find a smile on my face.

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No Fear

by Erin Phillips November 17, 2021

There’s a tattoo inscribed on my side. / It has today’s date -September 14th / 2001 / Twenty years ago. / Underneath the date are two words written in beautiful cursive / No. Fear. / I don’t know why I followed that date with that phrase.

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Grief Finds Me in Different Ways Daily

by Chantale Thurston November 16, 2021

Grief Finds Me in Different Ways Daily. In the beginning, it found me as I was grieving the future I had dreamed of – a family with two or more kids and what our shiny life would be like. See, I lost my fertility right after my cancer diagnosis.

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