Share Your Story

There are so many questions that come with a cancer diagnosis — questions about treatment, side effects, caregiving, survivorship and more.

Your stories help us achieve our mission of combining science and humanity to make cancer understandable.

To share your story, submit it via a Word document to for your chance to have your story highlighted here, and please be sure to include "Share Your Story" in the subject line.

Cure accepts submissions of personal essays from readers relating to their own cancer experience. Submission of your work to Cure does not guarantee publication. Cure does not offer compensation for general submissions.

Submissions shall:
• Consist of 500-800 words.
• Be submitted to as an attachment in a Word document.
• Consist of original work created entirely by you and of which all rights belong to you. The work should not have been published elsewhere or currently submitted elsewhere.
• Not violate any person or entity’s copyright, trademark, or right of privacy or any other right.

Cure reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, content, and length and in accordance with Cure’s style guide and standards. By submitting your work to Cure, you acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright rights in any edited version belong to Cure as an original creation of a derivative work. You also acknowledge that if you submit work elsewhere, you will not have the right to use Cure’s edited version without Cure’s prior written permission.

Your Recent Stories

Rage at the Sun

May 7th 2021, 4:00pm


A melanoma survivor pens a poem about his cancer journey, losing his wife to melanoma and how he lives his life after these experiences.

Stories of Loss and Survival with Melanoma

April 30th 2021, 4:00pm


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What Do You Say to Someone Who Has Cancer?

April 25th 2021, 6:00pm


A cancer survivor shares advice on how people can support a friend with cancer.

When A Child is in Treatment for Cancer, Their Caregivers Become A Vital Resource

April 21st 2021, 4:00pm


A pediatric oncology nurse offers advice for parents or primary caregivers on how to support their child during cancer treatment.

How a Young Patient With Cancer Made Me a Better Nurse

April 13th 2021, 4:00pm


An oncology nurse recalls how a young patient with Ewing sarcoma she helped care for taught her about bravery and being honest with patients. Here, she writes how he made her a better nurse.

Overcoming a Mesothelioma Diagnosis at a Young Age

April 12th 2021, 4:00pm


Mesothelioma has been categorized as an “older persons” disease, writes a 14-year survivor. Which is why, she writes, her and her family were completely caught off-guard when she was diagnosed at 21.

Reading Has Helped Me Navigate ‘Cancerland’

April 11th 2021, 6:00pm


A patient recently diagnosed with cancer writes how with the help of the people she loves, as well as the wisdom, humor and empathy of books, she has continued to navigate her new country: “Cancerland”.

How One Cancer ‘Thriver’ Finds Peace and Strength From the Ocean

April 4th 2021, 6:00pm


A “thriver” of triple-negative breast cancer shares a poem to mark the 10th anniversary of her survivorship.

A Letter to My Doctors: You Don’t Know Me

March 15th 2021, 4:00pm


A four-time cancer survivor writes a personal letter to her future doctors. She urges doctors to see her and not her diagnosis.

While Cancer is Not Fun, There is Hope Every Day

March 4th 2021, 5:00pm


An ovarian cancer survivor shares that although she’s been frustrated and mad about a recent recurrence in her lymph nodes, she still celebrates the life that she’s been blessed with.