Stories

To Live, Die or Advocate: A Mother’s Choice

by Pat Taylor July 15, 2019

What is a mother to do when she first hears that her healthy, funny, bright, charismatic daughter has been diagnosed with cancer at age 23? Stand by her side, of course.

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You are Not a Label that Reads “Survivor”

by Mary Beth Collins July 12, 2019

The only person evaluating the quality of your life stares at you in the mirror. And hopefully smiles back at you.

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Surviving Incurable Cancer With the Help of Humor

by Jeffrey Neurman July 9, 2019

The Help of Humor Six years ago, soon after the birth of my second son, I acknowledged my 40th birthday. (I say acknowledged – and not “celebrated” – as I do not know of anyone who ever rejoiced at the notion of hitting forty, even if it is the new 30, which I never heard […]

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Mom as an Advocate

by Jean Ellsworth-Wolk July 4, 2019

My journey as an AYA advocate/nurse/mom began 12 years ago in tears on a surgical waiting room bathroom floor. y 19-year-old daughter had gone into a routine surgery with a presumed diagnosis of a large fibroid and came out with the life changing diagnosis of dysgerminoma (germ cell ovarian cancer, female version of testicular cancer).

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Parenting Young Adults with Cancer

by Jennifer Anand July 2, 2019

You’re our parents. You know us at our best and our worst. Heck, you created us! But you are our parents. Every time we look at your face, we see the pain of our hearts reflected in our eyes.

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Weathering the Storm Called Cancer

by Ryan Fuson June 28, 2019

Ten years ago this Fall I was diagnosed with non-seminoma testicular cancer, an aggressive form of the disease.  The treatment regime was also very aggressive.  Between September and December 2009 I had four cycles of chemotherapy. 

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Cancer Memorial Day

by Jennifer Anand June 25, 2019

I know the war analogy is used so much for cancer. And I know it can be so unkind and horrid to say someone “lost their battle,” implying they weren’t stronger enough or good enough to win. I’ve heard many arguments not to keep talking about “the fight,” but I think it really works.

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Just Keep Moving: The Benefits of Staying Active During Treatment

by Jay Carter June 21, 2019

At 26 years old, I was at the peak of my physical fitness. When not at work, you could find me lifting weights in the gym, or outdoors running trails. My social outings consisted of tennis matches and wake boarding sessions on the lake.

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Thriving Cancer

by Jennifer Anand June 18, 2019

Thriver doesn’t define my cancer status. It tells you nothing of where I’m at on my cancer journey. It tells you that I’m here, showing up and doing what I can. It doesn’t define me to have finished cancer treatments. It means I’m doing the best I can, where I am, at this point in my life.

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Used to Feel So Good, Now it Feels SO Baaaaad…

by Marloe Esch June 14, 2019

Healthy blood vessels, nerves, and hormones all play a role in the genital changes that happen during sexual arousal.  Unfortunately, certain cancer treatments can disrupt any part of this complex process.  For example, pelvic surgery or radiation can alter the blood or nerve supply to your genitals, or cause tissue damage and scar formation. 

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