Cancer: Only a Part of Who I Am
by Denise Cooper
I am 53 years old, and I have stage IV breast cancer. Do I let this fact define me as a person? Should I? Absolutely not! I have a choice to make each day. Do I wake up with a negative, feel-sorry-for-myself attitude? Or do I face the day with an uplifting outlook so that I can be an inspiration to someone else and turn this negative diagnosis into something positive? I always try to go with the second option.
by Vallory Jones
Pink is not cotton candy at the circus.
It is not nail polish on my toes.
It is my destiny.
How I Rebooted My Life after Cancer
by Francine Brokaw
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, it was a complete shock. I was the first woman in my family to have breast cancer. I was a writer and had been a tennis instructor years before, and I still enjoyed playing whenever I could. But what I did for a living didn’t matter at that moment; all I wanted to do was get the cancer out of my body and get on with my life.
You Have the Power!
by Regina E. Savage
Today is a present, truly a gift. Just think, we have been given a second chance – a chance to change things for the better, to make our lives what we want them to be. There is so much good that can come from cancer. I know that might sound unbelievable, but it’s true.
Cancer Survivors Can …
by Nicole Malato
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I remember thinking that my life was irrevocably changed. I was right. But not in ways I would have expected. At first, my future felt limited. In time, I understood that it wasn’t. I thought that being a cancer survivor was something to be afraid of or sad about. Then I realized it was something to be proud of. I learned early on in my survivorship that there is indeed hope in cancer: hope for a cure, and hope for making the world a better place.
My Cancer Resume
by Nancy Stordahl
Sometimes it feels like my job, or at least my part-time job, is cancer. It also feels like I am constantly making additions to my cancer resume. Generally, on a resume, experience is a good thing – the more of it you have, the better. On a cancer resume … not so much.
A Different Take on Breast Cancer
by Liza Vann
People say I have a different take on this disease – that I didn’t do it like everyone else. You see, it didn’t seem to bother me that I had cancer. Cancer doesn’t have to be harder than anything else that will ever happen to you. Having cancer doesn’t have to be harder than not having cancer. It’s just different. It just is what it is.
by Nicole Malato
There are different definitions of “survivor.” Until recently, I had always thought it was someone who “beat cancer” and went on to remission for many years. Now I am learning that using that definition minimizes the experiences of other survivors and prevents those who have earned the title from rightfully using it. I am embracing the fact that I am indeed a survivor already. I have overcome the many obstacles to earn this honorable distinction.