For a list of survivor stories by cancer type, click the Type of Cancer and follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Life After Cancer
by Elise Silverfield May
Most people will tell you that once you’ve had cancer, you’re never really quite the same. Hearing the diagnosis has a way of putting things into perspective. You learn to value what is truly important – life.
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.
Obsessed with Life
by Rachel Lozano
At age 21, I found out I had weeks to live. This wasn’t my first introduction to cancer. The infamously opportunistic disease made a dramatic entrance into my life at age 15, when doctors discovered a cancerous tumor known as Askin tumor pressing on the top of my spinal cord and shutting down my body by the hour. Following an emergency surgery, intensive chemotherapy and radiation became my new normal.
National Cancer Survivors Day®
is Sunday, June 3, 2012
From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 3, 2012, hundreds of communities throughout the world will observe the 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Communities will host events on this day to honor cancer survivors and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling, and even inspiring.
A Look through My Window
by Ryan Hamner
It’s been 14 years since my last bout with Hodgkin lymphoma, but regardless of the medications I was on at the time, I vividly remember looking out the hospital window while battling an infection just before my stem-cell transplant. It was an infection that left me with a fever like I had never had before; I couldn’t move and was in a great deal of pain.
On the Other Side of the Diagnosis
by Mary-Jo Murphy, MS, RN, CDE
“I am a nurse,” I say to the surgeon, as if that explains that he can be different with me, less guarded, more frank. I’m trying to tell him, I will understand your jargon. Skip the euphemisms. In fact, I will be alert for anything that smacks of not telling the whole truth.
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.
A Journey Completed
by Alyssa Phillips
My story has a happy ending, but it didn’t exactly start out that way – at all. In order for me to tell you how I got to where I am today and what I learned along the way, I must first tell you where I began.