Stories

Turning 25

by Jennifer Anand August 6, 2019

Living with cancer. On Monday I’ll turn 25. It doesn’t seem possible that just 7 years ago I never would have dreamed of reaching this birthday.

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Life After Cancer Treatments

by Julie Erwin August 1, 2019

I wouldn’t wish chemo on anyone. There were days that I could barely get out of bed to go to the bathroom, but I did it. I had to. I had to keep going. I didn’t want to die. I wasn’t ready then, nor am I now.

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The Balance of Being a Caregiver and a Mother

by Karla Flook July 30, 2019

Something a mother should never hear. On October 18, 2000, my 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. At that point in my life, I considered myself a veteran mom.  I’m not indicating that I thought I had all the answers, because I knew I didn’t.  Teenagers can drive that point home quickly.  But […]

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Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

by Pat Taylor July 25, 2019

I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives… will it steal yours, too?

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Thank you Caregivers: A Father’s Day Letter

by Jennifer Anand July 23, 2019

As we continue to focus July’s content on caregivers, Jen Anand digs out from her archives a letter to her Father thanking him for all the help and support he has been during her cancer journey.  This is a big thank you to all the amazing caregivers out there!  We can’t do this without you. […]

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Cataclysmic Attachment Trauma

by Kim Buff July 18, 2019

Having been in the cancer world for over a decade, and in the front-lines with families spanning that entire timeframe, I have had the opportunity to directly witness both personally and through association, the ongoing impacts of cataclysmic attachment. 

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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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