Stories

Word Weight: Survivor

by JoAnna Barker June 11, 2019

Don’t let cancer enjoy the show. Tolerate each other with grace and acceptance. Remember that everyone is trying to live their best life and they will each handle their experiences differently. There will be plenty of people in the young adult cancer community who will frustrate you with their words or actions but remember survivor or not, we’re all in this together.

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My Name is Steve and I Am a Drug Addict

by Steve Giallourakis June 7, 2019

Two months earlier I had just finished my treatment for my first cancer. It was a 10-month journey filled with two spine surgeries, countless chemotherapy treatments and five weeks of radiation. During those 10-months I developed a fondness for my pain medication. I didn’t have that much pain that night, but I was sad and feeling alone.

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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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Delayed Graduation

by Urska Kosir May 20, 2019

This past week I was supposed to graduate from college. My graduation was delayed. Editor’s Note: Urska pulls out this latest post from her archives as she discussed her challenge with graduating on time as a college student while being treated for her cancer. Last September, when I entered the senior year I envisioned this […]

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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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It is OK to Allow Yourself to Feel

by Urska Kosir May 10, 2019

As soon as I was diagnosed, I took on a parent role for myself. I was somewhat removed from the situation. It felt almost like I wasn’t experiencing it myself. I didn’t get angry and I didn’t cry. I felt emotionally shut down, blunted.

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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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