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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Cancer Vision Board

by Christine Kelly January 27, 2020

My vision board sits on the corner of my cluttered desk in my dorm room. I see it every day, a reminder of the hope and excitement I have for my future. I used pictures and text from magazines, stickers, construction paper, and gemstones.

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I Am Here and You Are Not

by Ryan Fuson January 23, 2020

As a cancer survivor I’ve struggled with the fact that I survived yet others who I have known and battled cancer did not. Although I’m very grateful to be alive I’ve thought to myself, “why did I survive and not them?” This poem is in honor of those who bravely fought cancer and have passed on.

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Happy New Year, or Happy New Fear?

by Sam Rose January 16, 2020

A New Year Brings on New Fears How many organs do you have? I get so mixed up when I try to count mine. I imagine my body as a bit like one of those scratch-off maps – you know, the ones where you take a coin and scratch off the foil over all the […]

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Sports Are More Than Just Sports

by Benjamin Rubenstein January 14, 2020

You likely don’t remember what you were doing on Friday, March 28, 2003. I do, for two reasons. The first is that it was a college sports holiday, also known as the Sweet 16. The second is that I was a first-year college dropout recently diagnosed with cancer and waiting to find an umbilical cord blood match in the bone marrow registry.

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The Faces of AYA Cancer

by Nick Giallourakis January 10, 2020

It is officially our one year anniversary!  Can you believe it? I want to personally thank everyone who has contributed, subscribed and supported us through this first year.  We would not have made it this far without all of you. As of January 1st, we are now giving the magazine away for free to over 1,000 […]

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Motion is Your Lotion

by Jacqueline Cashman January 8, 2020

I think the power of exercise can never be underestimated. When I was first diagnosed, two and a half years ago, I was very physically fit, I do think this helped me to stand up to the rigors of everything that was to come my way.

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We Beat Cancer

by Karen Costa January 2, 2020

I beat you. You tried kicking me down multiple times, but I beat you… my husband beat you, my kids beat you, my family beat you, my friends beat you.

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Broken But Not Defeated

by Sarah Bartosz

Dear Cancer, Why did you break my ankle? Yeah, I see you pointing your finger at other possible sources for my injury. Perhaps you think the UNO cards I slipped on as I was rushing into my son’s bedroom are the logical culprit. I hear your snarky remarks, “maybe if you made your son clean […]

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The Devastation Is Unforgivable

by Chantale Thurston December 26, 2019

Finding out about you was one of the two worst days of my life. My mind went into panic as I had lost my dad to you just seven months before and my father in law was told about you invading him just a mere six days before I heard the words.

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Forever Grateful

by Jesse Anne Moore

I would assume you have been hanging around in my life for a lot longer than most would anticipate. At least six… maybe seven years. You thought you were a being a sneaky little bastard, didn’t you?

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