Share Your Story Submissions
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
August 17th 2022
Prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, my only goal in life was for my son to turn 16 so he could drive me to and from the local bars. Now I can’t help but think that my cancer was meant for me to change my life.
August 16th 2022
The rules of baseball are fair and as long as you do your best, the outcome is always desirable. But with cancer, there are no rules because cancer does what it likes and constantly changes the game.
August 15th 2022
After my dad died of colorectal cancer, I knew I had to continue advocacy work in his honor.
August 12th 2022
The way I saw it was that I could either die from cancer, or from the side effects from the clinical trial. It was a difficult decision to make, but I am glad I chose it.
August 12th 2022
A stage 3 colorectal cancer survivor shares her story of being diagnosed right before the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 18th 2022
Beyond its lessons, cancer has also brought, along with the fear and anxiety, a conviction to empower myself and to create a life that I deserve: One in which joy can triumph over that fear and that anxiety.
June 1st 2022
After I was diagnosed with cancer, I started to feel like a burden to my loved ones. So, I wrote a letter urging them to continue on with other aspects of their lives.
May 23rd 2022
After my mom died of colon cancer, I became an advocate with the hopes that fewer people would be lost to the disease.
May 19th 2022
After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, my ostomy — which I named Toodles — opened up a world of body positivity for me.
May 18th 2022
After being diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, I made it a mission to share my story and help others.
May 9th 2022
My dad was always strong willed, and I think that helped him face aggressive, late-stage cancer.
March 25th 2022
I let go of knowing I won’t ever be without anxiety of my cancer growing again and let go of the idea of any “old me” returning. I was now focusing on the “new me.”
March 3rd 2022
When I was first diagnosed with a stage 4 neuroendocrine tumor in my small intestine, I went through three stages of coping with my cancer: anger, planning and living life.
February 24th 2022
Last year, my wife died of triple-negative breast cancer that was caused by a genetic mutation. If her family risk was discussed more openly, she — and many others with an inherited predisposition to cancer — may still be here today.
February 23rd 2022
After being diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer, I discovered that I had two sisters — and a family predisposition to cancer.
February 2nd 2022
A brain cancer survivor explains how she found a way to navigate her cancer journey as a traveler, grateful to be alive.
January 31st 2022
A teenager from Pennsylvania whose father died from colorectal cancer explains the impact it had on her life and how she has stepped into the field of advocacy to help others.
January 17th 2022
One woman explains how after experiencing irregular bleeding, she found out she had cervical cancer and her life changed immediately.
January 10th 2022
A woman living with stage 4 cancer explains her painful experience with dental issues that came as a result of cancer treatment.
December 19th 2021
An oncology social worker, who is also a cancer survivor, describes life lessons learned through work and personal experiences.
November 28th 2021
A cancer survivor explains the miracle of finding out the brother she hadn't seen in 30 years was a genetic match to donate stem cells for her treatment.
November 21st 2021
A woman describes the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which flipped her life upside down.
November 9th 2021
“The Next Food Network Star” runner-up shares his struggles with nutrition after a stomach cancer diagnosis and gastrectomy.
October 24th 2021
A stage 4 metastatic breast cancer survivor describes her experience with a clinical trials and how they changed the trajectory of her life.
October 23rd 2021
A retired registered nurse with tremendous compassion for patients writes a poem about how keeping hope alive throughout cancer treatment can help people recover.
October 4th 2021
“Spending over a third of my life as a cancer survivor, I’ve learned a few lessons along the way,” said Lacey, who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia 13 years ago.
October 3rd 2021
A breast cancer survivor explains that many people deal with long-term emotional trauma as a result of their cancer experience and argues that more should be done to address it.
October 2nd 2021
A bladder cancer survivor discusses the importance of World Ostomy Day and shares her own ostomy story.
September 28th 2021
A retired oncology social worker shares some helpful tips for being a supportive caregiver while also maintaining your own well-being. “Caregiving is compassion in action,” he writes.