Emotional Support

Cancer sucks.  Whether you are a patient, survivor, caregiver or loved one we all go through it differently.  Read these inspiring and emotional stories to learn how others like you are getting through their journey with cancer.

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What the Word Survivor Means to Me

by Dan Dean May 30, 2019

The person I am today is as much influenced by cancer as it is by other life events. The point where cancer survivorship’s influence ends and the impact from another one of my life experiences begins is too murky to really tease out.

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From the Other Side of the Knife

by Lindsay Crawford May 28, 2019

Let me start off by letting you know that I am a doctor, an Orthopedic Surgeon actually. I was working the long Memorial holiday weekend last year at the hospital taking trauma call and the weekend was super busy with injuries and surgeries.

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Moving Connection Online

by Mallory Casperson May 23, 2019

It is not enough to just survive cancer.  Through an online community and online programs, young adult cancer survivors can connect with one another, validate one another’s concerns, and thereby reclaim their post-cancer lives alongside those who understand.  They can regain control over their lives post-cancer and thrive. 

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Handling Supportive People

by JoAnna Barker May 17, 2019

Learning how to handle supportive people is equally as important. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t realize that there are many different types of support styles. Some of these styles are energizing and others, while still well-intended, can be very draining.

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How Writing Has Helped Me Live

by Mette de Fine Licht May 14, 2019

I clearly remember the first time I read a book. Not a children’s book but a real novel.  You know? My reading experience happened during what I call LBC or Life Before Cancer. I was 12 years old and it was a magical experience. The pages turned themselves.

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The Difference A Nurse Can Make

by Mette de Fine Licht May 7, 2019

This nurse made me smile every day. She made my family smile as well and I promise you, at the time their wasn’t that much to smile about. It wasn’t like she was telling jokes but rather she just treated me like me – not like a patient.

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I Have No Idea What I Am Doing

by Kirsten Efremov April 26, 2019

The challenges of navigating the adult health care system from a pediatric state of mind. Going from a child to adult happens gradually over time: Getting a part time job to ease you into the workforce; learning how to drive; parents teaching you how to cook, clean and be self sufficient.

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First Day of the Rest of My Life

by Starr Coleman April 23, 2019

I felt confused, scared, and angry that I, a 27 year old, had breast cancer. After a few sleepless days and tons of research (if you know me, I really mean tons) I accepted it. I wanted to fight this with an amount of optimism and positivity that I have never really known.

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When Life Gives You Scars

by Mette de Fine Licht April 19, 2019

In this blog teenage cancer survivor, author and speaker Mette de Fine Licht shares her thoughts about getting over cancer. The illness has left her with a big scar on her right leg. Not to mention the mental scars from long lonely days at the hospital.

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The Second Wind: Surviving Cancer

by Hannah Starkey April 12, 2019

When I think of the word “survivor”, it doesn’t feel like it applies to me. Although I’ve been in remission for nearly three months, it’s still like, holy shit, I had cancer.

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