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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A Mother’s Diagnosis

by Vikki Ramdass August 19, 2021

It was a difficult and painful decision to write about my struggles in life, but I have learned over the years that I am not alone in my journey. For years I have not spoken to my friends while avoiding family as I gripped through my depression for almost a decade.

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The First Patient I Diagnosed with Cancer

by Mark Lewis August 16, 2021

The first person I ever diagnosed with cancer was me. Until that point in my medical training bad news had always been broken to patients before I met them. By the time of our introduction, their shock had subsided, and the initial fractures of their premorbid identities had ossified into therapeutic resolve.

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Finding Support with Vivibot

by Shushan Lazaryev August 13, 2021

While I wish I weren’t even eligible to use Vivibot, I’m grateful to have stumbled upon her. The two main reasons that many cancer patients and survivors stay silent about their struggles are: fear of judgment and lack of understanding. With Vivibot, there’s no fear of judgment involved.

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Happy Cancerversary: “You Can Take Your Mask off Now!”

by Christa Carlucci August 9, 2021

There are many milestones to which we pay joyful homage. Weddings, graduations, having a new baby. But there is one that generally goes unnoticed. Being a cancer survivor. And rightfully so. We’re not the majority of the population. Interestingly enough, depending on who you talk to, this celebration doesn’t always bring the kind of joy […]

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COVID Reopening: Part 2

by Jennifer Anand August 2, 2021

I just reread the article I wrote last May about reopening. Who knew it would be another 12 months before Ohio actually reopened? But the sentiments haven’t changed.

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Maybe One More and I’ll Be Okay…

by Arely Acuna August 1, 2021

Maybe if I take one more pain pill it will all be okay…How is it that the same “medication” I was given to get better keeps me confined to my bed? How is it that what was supposed to heal me feels like it is slowly killing me?

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Help! I’m in Hot Flash Hell!

by Marloe Esch RN, BSN, OCN July 23, 2021

Hot flashes and night sweats are common side effects of cancer treatment. Although hot flashes themselves are not unsafe or unhealthy, they can be extremely disruptive and distressing. The good news is that there are options available to help you find relief.  

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Toolbox Tips for Establishing Your New Normal

by Laura Lang-Ree July 19, 2021

When our three and a half year old little girl was diagnosed with ALL we had all of those feelings. Overwhelm. Denial. Despair at the three years of treatment and five years of follow up ahead of us.

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I am a cancer survivor – sort of.

by Jenney Bitner July 16, 2021

I’m still not quite sure what to do with myself. I feel like a walking miracle. Somehow I beat a deadly diagnosis, yet I am still looking over my shoulder for it to come back. I don’t understand why I am still here, and so many people are not.

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How PCHP Led Me to Love (Myself)

by Emily Ward July 8, 2021

So long as every person involved is a consenting adult, there is no wrong way to engage in sexual intimacy. In fact, I have found my experiences to be deeply liberating and a confirmation that we are all deserving of intimacy and pleasure regardless of our disability, illness, or trauma if that’s what we desire. 

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