Patients

  • Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky

    We Don’t Just Have Cancer. We Have a Whole Life to Live.

    When asking about a potentially overwhelming side-effect of an impending new medication, my nurse told me, “Don’t worry until you get there.” OK, I get it. I just didn’t die from breast cancer. I’ve had worse. But come on. Let’s do better. Let’s have a conversation.

  • Chantale Thurston

    The Devastation Is Unforgivable

    Finding out about you was one of the two worst days of my life. My mind went into panic as I had lost my dad to you just seven months before and my father in law was told about you invading him just a mere six days before I heard the words.

  • Anne Courso

    Getting Through the Darkest Days

    Dear Cancer, It was right between chemo number five and six. Against everything that you read on the Internet I was going home to visit my dad. This meant one week of airplanes and hospitals, the two places filled with the most germs. As I prepared myself to go home, I packed my steroid pills, […]

Survivorship

  • Sam Rose

    Happy New Year, or Happy New Fear?

    A New Year Brings on New Fears How many organs do you have? I get so mixed up when I try to count mine. I imagine my body as a bit like one of those scratch-off maps – you know, the ones where you take a coin and scratch off the foil over all the […]

  • Benjamin Rubenstein

    Sports Are More Than Just Sports

    You likely don’t remember what you were doing on Friday, March 28, 2003. I do, for two reasons. The first is that it was a college sports holiday, also known as the Sweet 16. The second is that I was a first-year college dropout recently diagnosed with cancer and waiting to find an umbilical cord blood match in the bone marrow registry.

  • Jacqueline Cashman

    Motion is Your Lotion

    I think the power of exercise can never be underestimated. When I was first diagnosed, two and a half years ago, I was very physically fit, I do think this helped me to stand up to the rigors of everything that was to come my way.

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Caregivers

  • Nancy Ferro

    Because Of You, I Know The Best Way To Live

    Well, 2007 was going to be a positive, exciting year, at least until you got involved. My oldest son Michael was in his last semester at Regis University. I was so proud of him, and I was looking forward to watching him walk into the next chapter of his world.

  • Joyce Lofstrom

    Never Give Up

    So much to say about ‘being touched by cancer…’ My letter covers my own cancer journey and that of my son. We were both young adults with cancer…I survived. He didn’t. Here is our story.

  • Joe Baber

    I So Want To Be Around To Wish You A Warm, “Goodbye.”

    Shortly before you and I became closely acquainted, I was sixty years old, bouncing back from congestive heart failure, and at a crossroads in my life.  I knew I could not continue working for the rest of my life and I wondered what I was going to do after I retired in five, or six more years.