For a list of survivor stories by cancer type, click the Type of Cancer and follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Where Is That Silver Lining?
by Rosemary Bobay
Six years ago, on the day before Thanksgiving, I got the call. You know which one I’m talking about. The one where the doctor says, “It’s cancer.” Invasive ductal carcinoma in my case.
From One Survivor to Another
by Sara Nelson O’Brien
My battle with cancer began in the summer of 2012 when I was diagnosed with stage III endometrial cancer. This June, I celebrated two years of being cancer-free. It has been a hard fight, with plenty of good times, and more than enough difficult moments too. Along the way, I’ve learned a few lessons that I want to share with you – from one survivor to another.
How I Learned Acceptance on the Berkeley Fire Trails
by Marcia Renée Goodman
Standing in the specialty running store with my 25-year-old daughter Dani and my childhood friend Felice, I am in good fitness company as we survey the options of running shoes laid out before us. Dani was an All-American athlete in college. Felice was the fastest runner in our elementary school. Both have kept in shape. I, on the other hand, have slacked off in the fitness department over the last several years of cancer treatments.
Develop a Cancer Conqueror’s Mindset
by Lauren E. Miller
When the doctors told me, at age 38 with three young children while going through a divorce, that I had a 50/50 chance of survival, I had no idea how strong my survival instinct was. In less than two years, I went through divorce, a double mastectomy, 16 chemotherapy treatments, an additional year of chemo, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and 12 surgeries.
The Other Seat
by Melissa Gallagher
On March 10, 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer when I was just 26 years old. I experienced a slew of emotions after the cancer bomb was dropped on my life, but self-pity was never one of them. In a way, I was relieved that I was the one with cancer and I didn’t have to watch one of my loved ones go through it. In my mind, now that our cancer card had been dealt, that meant my family members would somehow be protected from having to face this awful disease themselves. I’ve since learned that it doesn’t work like that.
My Parent Has Cancer
by Marc Silver and Maya Silver
You’re a teen, and your mom or dad was just diagnosed with cancer. You may be scared, sad, mad, nervous. And if one of your first thoughts is Who’s going to drive me to my friend’s house after school, don’t feel guilty. That’s a perfectly normal teenage concern. But things won’t exactly be normal as the months of treatment go on. You’ll need to find ways to cope.
My Raven Moccasins
by Barbara Center
I’d forgotten about my raven-black moccasins, still safe in their box on the top shelf of my bedroom closet. I’d forgotten about their rubber nonslip soles, the white and gold beads that gently adorn their black leather tops, and the trim – four inches of soft black fur – that hugged my ankles and lower calves.
Major League Survival
by Dave Dravecky
Battling cancer is hard enough, but for many survivors, of which I am one, cancer leaves us with an even tougher battle to fight. That battle has to do with our identity.