Dana Stewart

Dana Stewart was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 32. She is the co-founder of a cancer survivorship organization called The Dragonfly Angel Society. She volunteers as an advocate and mentor, focusing on young adults surviving cancer. She enjoys writing about life as a cancer survivor, as well as connecting survivors to the resources, inspirations and stories that have helped her continue to live her best life, available at

When A Parent Is Diagnosed With Cancer

May 14, 2020

It is hard enough dealing with cancer as a survivor, but what happens when one of your parents is diagnosed with cancer too?

Sell Yourself the Idea of Being A Survivor

December 10, 2019

The label of being a cancer survivor can be simple, but underneath it can mean something so different to each person. Only you can choose what the idea of survivorship means to your journey.

From the Ground Up

December 05, 2019

Rebuilding your life after a kick in the gut is all about your mindset.

Cancer Gives You Time

August 06, 2019

A cancer diagnosis can take so much from a person. Perhaps it can give a little something too. Cancer can open up our eyes to finding the time we never knew we had to do the things we always wanted to do.

I'm Addicted to Anxiety: Facing Cancer Fears Head-on

July 30, 2019

Is it possible to be addicted to the anxiety cancer brings? I have been living with that addiction for years but have three ways to combat an anxiety addiction.

You Are Here

May 24, 2019

When you are lost you ask, "Where am I?" When you go through cancer, it is hard to find where you are. In the map of life, why not find yourself where you are in this very moment? You are here.

The First Steps After A Cancer Diagnosis

May 16, 2019

A diagnosis of cancer is completely overwhelming and something most of us are not prepared for. It may be easy to think about giving up before treatment starts. Instead, here are five things that helped me push through.

The Jagged Line I Walk

April 11, 2019

The cancer journey can take you on a jagged road with too many twists and turns. It doesn't always have to be an emotional rollercoaster if you know how to walk it.

The Things That Get You Through

March 28, 2019

Everyone will go through a tough time or a trauma in their life. You need a go-to list of items you can latch onto to help you through it.

Thoughts On Letting Go

February 23, 2019

How can we finally rid ourselves of the emotional baggage that fear brings us and free up our minds to think about the good stuff?

I Am Failing At Worry

February 16, 2019

I have gotten exceptionally good at worrying about things that never end up happening. I'd say I am failing at worry.

Escaping to Thrive

January 16, 2019

There is a way to do a little self-care and still learn the latest news in cancer advocacy and science. As survivors and those affected by cancer, we should have the luxury of doing both!

I Want: A Cancer Survivor's Wish List

January 04, 2019

As we celebrate the holidays, wish lists are made for gifts. I have a wish list for cancer.

Re-Learning Life After Trauma

December 29, 2018

It's the approach we take when handling trauma in our life that can make all the difference.

The Hand We Are Dealt

December 20, 2018

It's not the actual hand we are dealt when live throws us a curve. It's how we play it.

Embrace Cancer Roadblocks

December 14, 2018

Instead of fighting the roadblocks that cancer can prevent, what would happen if we embraced them?

Re-Introducing Myself To Today

December 06, 2018

I spend so much time trying to go back to the past or predict the future that I tend to forget how to live in today's moments.

Thoughts on Forgiveness

November 28, 2018

Forgiveness is more than just words, it's feelings. Learning how to forgive others can help us in our cancer journey as well.

Making Predictions on Cancer

November 12, 2018

Making predictions on how cancer will affect your life from diagnosis to post treatment is a waste of time. No one knows what tomorrow will bring.

Turning My Back On The Past

November 01, 2018

Would would happen if I turned my back to the past and faced forward? It is time to stop wishing I could go back to my pre-cancer life. It's time to face forward.

The Friendships of Cancer

October 26, 2018

A cancer diagnosis can bring many fears and uncertainties to the forefront, but it can also bring friendships with people we would never have met had we not gotten cancer at all.

Why Fear What You Can't Control?

October 18, 2018

We spend so much time worrying what we can't control. What if we asked ourselves why and changed the thought process to worrying about only what we can control.

Stop the Cancer Excuses

September 25, 2018

Don't let the excuse of cancer run your life or stop you from doing all that you want.

Cancer and Cataracts

September 19, 2018

As it turns out, a side effect of cancer treatment can be cataracts. Over the last two years, I have battled cancer treatment-induced cataracts. The good news is they can be fixed and I can see again!

Reflections From a 10K Run

August 16, 2018

I call it cancer motivation. Whenever I get annoyed about doing something that's not my favorite, like a long 10K race, I think about surviving cancer and those that did not. It becomes my motivation to take a breath and enjoy each second.

Reflections on My First Year After Cancer: What I Wish I Knew

August 08, 2018

Here are three main tips I wish I would have known during my first year of dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

The Crossroads of Cancer Survivorship

August 01, 2018

We are always faced with choices on this cancer journey. Even if you end up making a wrong turn, there is always a way to get back on track.

Reflections on Eight Years of Survivorship

July 21, 2018

This week, I celebrated eight years since diagnosis. It brought back a lot of thoughts and feelings.