Survivorship

The stories and experiences are written by people after cancer treatments. These stories are written for those learning how to get back to work, college or just trying to be themselves again. Just getting past treatments isn’t enough, it is surviving and thriving that is key to being you again.

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Navigating the Workplace with Chemo Brain

by Lynda Wolters February 23, 2020

Is chemo brain real? Heck yeah. But what does it feel like. Imagine being in a murky lake, under water, wearing ankle weights, pressure in your ears and head. You fight, kick, pray for help. But it doesn’t come.

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Cancer and the Definition of Health

by Kirsten Efremov February 18, 2020

Are we ever truly healthy after a cancer diagnosis or treatment, especially as young adults? Can we take this current definition of health and use it to be “healthy” as a cancer patient’s, survivors, thrivers, warriors? Can we use a disease state to classify a new health term?

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Reflecting on the Past

by Jennifer Anand

I decided to do some reflecting on some of my journal entries from a few years ago. Five years ago to be exact. Five years. That seems like an eternity ago, and just yesterday all in the same moment. Rereading this reminded me of that girl.

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10 Word Cancer Stories

by Dana Stewart February 10, 2020

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 32 years ago.  That day was almost 10 years ago.

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My Body

by Jennifer Anand February 2, 2020

I stand, looking at you in the mirror. The reflection glaring back is weary with pain and age, unfit for a 25 year old. My back neck is smooth, still devoid of the hair that radiation took from me. My hair finally comes past my shoulders, but it’s taken seven years to do so. My […]

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Survived, Endured and Beaten Bowel Cancer

by Peter King January 28, 2020

After a big operation like bowel cancer it would be surprising to live a normal life without any after effects or pain.  One very common thing people have after bowel cancer is adhesion and abdominal pain. 

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Cancer Vision Board

by Christine Kelly January 27, 2020

My vision board sits on the corner of my cluttered desk in my dorm room. I see it every day, a reminder of the hope and excitement I have for my future. I used pictures and text from magazines, stickers, construction paper, and gemstones.

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I Am Here and You Are Not

by Ryan Fuson January 23, 2020

As a cancer survivor I’ve struggled with the fact that I survived yet others who I have known and battled cancer did not. Although I’m very grateful to be alive I’ve thought to myself, “why did I survive and not them?” This poem is in honor of those who bravely fought cancer and have passed on.

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Happy New Year, or Happy New Fear?

by Sam Rose January 16, 2020

A New Year Brings on New Fears How many organs do you have? I get so mixed up when I try to count mine. I imagine my body as a bit like one of those scratch-off maps – you know, the ones where you take a coin and scratch off the foil over all the […]

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Sports Are More Than Just Sports

by Benjamin Rubenstein January 14, 2020

You likely don’t remember what you were doing on Friday, March 28, 2003. I do, for two reasons. The first is that it was a college sports holiday, also known as the Sweet 16. The second is that I was a first-year college dropout recently diagnosed with cancer and waiting to find an umbilical cord blood match in the bone marrow registry.

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