For a list of survivor stories by cancer type, click the Type of Cancer and follow the link at the bottom of the page.
My Little Secret
by Lisa Pawlak
At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was training for a half marathon. I was 37 years old with two children. My lung tumor, previously thought to be benign and stable, had grown. When a lung biopsy was recommended, I was stunned.
Face to Face with Fatigue
by Marilyn R. Grainger, RN
As an oncology nurse, in 1995, I participated in the Oncology Nursing Society’s patient education program Fatigue Initiative Research and Education (FIRE). The goal of FIRE was to teach oncology nurses about the reality of cancer-related fatigue, along with proven interventions to lessen this common cancer- and treatment-related side effect. I never imagined that one day I would be diagnosed with breast cancer and would need to apply what I had learned at that conference to my own recovery.
by Gail Presnell-Jones
Today is the day I’ve decided
That I will not die.
Or at the very least,
I’ve decided that I’ll try
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.
Jumpers, Minimizers, and Fixers
by Craig T. Pynn
Scattered among the hundreds of thoughtful and caring responses I received to my prostate cancer diagnosis from my family, friends, and colleagues, there were a few reactions that were difficult to handle. After listening to several people attempt to say the right thing while assiduously avoiding the idea of cancer itself, I sorted their deflective responses to my bad news into one of three categories: jumpers, minimizers, and fixers.
Healing with Words
by Diana M. Raab
During my breast cancer journey, my lifeline was three-fold: immediate healthcare, a supportive family, and the creative arts as a source of strength. For a long time, the arts have been associated with relieving tension and fears. Creative expression is a healthier alternative to keeping your emotions bottled up inside. Author Virginia Woolf confessed that she wrote in her diary “to bring order to the chaos in her life.”
10 Ways to Cope with Cancer
by Glenn Brooks
In September 2011, I heard those most-unwelcome, life-changing words: “Glenn, you have cancer.” The news is better now. Following excisions, surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, hydration, some sketchy moments, and incredible medical care, the cancer is no longer active. But I am! I vowed to use my story to encourage others, and with that, I give you my “10 Ways to Cope with Cancer.”
Fighting Cancer with Colors
by Marisol Del Sol-Auten
“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “It’s lymphoma.” The scenario was surreal. I was 40 years old. I had just married the love of my life and gotten my MBA in international business through a program sponsored by my employer, a prestigious worldwide oil company that had offered me a promotion as an international sales and marketing executive.