Stories

Hope Will Guide You: Just Breathe

by Jessicca Gonzalez October 21, 2019

In 2017, just after my 28th birthday, I felt a lump in my left breast while I was in the shower. I wasn’t doing a self-exam or anything, I just so happened to feel it. I told my mom about it and that I didn’t think anything of it, because it was around “that time […]

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Nothing Normal about the New Normal

by Megha Agarwal October 17, 2019

Once I finished crying over the fact that I needed 20 rounds of chemotherapy, 20 rounds of radiation and 5 years of hormonal therapy for my breast cancer diagnosis, I set a date in this mind.

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My Cancer Sabbatical

by Anonymous October 15, 2019

Last October, I realized I needed a new bag for work. The leather was worn from being squeezed into clinic drawers. The fastenings had broken from trying to squash too many snacks in.

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The Post Cancer Letdown

by Jennifer Anand October 14, 2019

You finished your cancer treatments! Yayyy! The world is your oyster! Get out there and kick butt! It should be the happiest and best time of your life- now that you have one again. But for myself, and so many others, it’s not. I’d say it’s the second worst day, right behind the “You have […]

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Tougher Together: Sharing Stories of Surviving Cancer

by Marquina Iliev-Piselli October 10, 2019

The doctor finally called late on a Friday night. Holding my son in my arms, I rushed to the kitchen and picked up the phone. “I hate having calls like this,” he said. “It’s malignant.” Malignant, I thought, my brain trying and failing to grasp the enormity of the word. “You’re going to have to […]

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Our Bun Her Oven

by Kaila Jorgensen October 8, 2019

My husband and I have always known we wanted children. He teaches elementary school, and I’m a children’s counselor. It’s in our blood. So we knew, when I was diagnosed, we would find a way.  Shortly after getting engaged, we moved from Washington state to Oregon so that my husband could get his master’s degree. […]

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Surviving As A Caregiver

by Mallory Casperson October 7, 2019

Though I’m a young adult cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 24, I first heard the words ‘you have cancer’ said to my mother 2 years before my own diagnosis. 

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Maybe, Baby? Birth Control After Cancer

by Marloe Esch October 3, 2019

Don’t be afraid to bring up birth control at your next appointment.  Your provider can help you understand your risk of pregnancy and what options may be right for you.

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Lucky Me – Being a Teen Cancer Survivor and Its Effects Now

by Mette de Fine Licht October 2, 2019

Teenagers with cancer are put on the edge of their life at a very young age. The lucky ones get to live with the memories and late effects. It’s not fair to get cancer when your life has just begun. And it’s not fair, that if you are lucky enough to survive, you now have […]

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Got a Pit Crew? Childhood Cancer Survivors Start Your Engines!

by Amelia Baffa September 30, 2019

What do you think of when you think of childhood cancer and survivorship care? Ideally it might conjure up images of a team of medical professionals working as a finely tuned pit crew to meet you where you’re at physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually after you achieve survivorship status.

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