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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Patient Information and Self-Advocacy

by Joanna K. Stimmel April 6, 2020

About a year and half after the birth of my second child, I started noticing some blood in my stool. I was otherwise super healthy, I had recently switched to veganism and become an avid exerciser, and in result (or so I thought) lost all the baby weight and felt generally better than at any other point of time in my entire life.

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One Week of Social Isolation

by Whitney Hadley

After one full week of physical distancing and isolation, I’ve noticed a shift in my mood and generally how my body feels right now. Friday was a hard day emotionally. Saturday I felt on edge and almost hungover from my emotions on Friday. Sunday I napped. Hard. As Ron Burgandy would say, I was in a “glass case of emotions”!

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Self Isolation from a Master

by Casey Head April 2, 2020

This is how to handle self-isolation from someone who’s had to do it multiple times. This self-isolation that everyone is experiencing for the first time I have been through multiple times due to cancer.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe and Reduce Your Risk

by Amelia Baffa March 31, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic is an invisible enemy, its cunning, and an expert in adaption. This is a list of what you need to know to stay safe and reduce risk.

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Revolutionizing Patient Care – Immunotherapy

by Sonia Su March 30, 2020

This March is both my 27th birthday and my one-year “birth” day from when I received CAR-T immunotherapy. I had relapsed twice at that point and could hardly handle more chemotherapy. Now nearly one year later, I remain in remission and feel incredibly lucky.

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Social Distancing, Isolation and How to Survive Our New Normal

by Whitney Hadley March 26, 2020

With the arrival of COVID-19, we’ve all relearned the important basics we were taught when we first started going to school. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Stay home if you have a fever. As cancer patients and survivors, this was all hammered into our minds while in […]

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COVID-19: The Unexpected Trigger

by Megha Agarwal March 25, 2020

In light of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing has become a norm all across the globe. Cancer survivors, like me, who underwent extensive chemotherapy are pros at social distancing.

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Seven Year Cancerversary: An Isolated Celebration

by Jennifer Anand March 18, 2020

Seven years. I’ve looked forward to today basically all of 2020 so far, as I do every spring. In the dreary winter and rainy spring months, March 18th is the day that I live for, and defines the first quarter of the year for me. But I’m spending it so differently from what I had planned, as I’m sure you are.

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What Beating Cancer Taught Me About the Fear of COVID-19

by Beth Reed March 17, 2020

Trauma is triggering, in whatever form it comes, the flashbacks, the physical sensations, the memories and most of all the reality.

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COVID-19 and Cancer Patients

by Jennifer Anand March 16, 2020

Self-isolation. With COVD-19, that’s what I’m hearing from everyone now. Aldi was completely sold out of meat, and almost of veggies. Sam’s Club was sold out of rice. Everyone, of course, is sold out of toilet paper.

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