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.
September 26th 2022
While I've been deemed no evidence of disease, I'll continue to support others in my cancer wolfpack.
September 25th 2022
After I held my hand as my mom died, I wondered who would hold mine as I went through cancer.
September 22nd 2022
While I’m usually a private person, it’s important to me to share my three bouts with cancer so that others will learn their bodies and their family history.
September 21st 2022
Cancer made me more empathetic, as well as an advocate for the HPV vaccine.
September 18th 2022
Despite my mother and grandmother’s history with the disease, I never thought I would one day receive a colon cancer diagnosis.
September 16th 2022
I pretend I’m at a spa day as an oncology nurse in a hazmat suit unhooks me from the intravenous drip machine.
September 15th 2022
As I face the end of my life due to metastatic colorectal cancer, I’m preparing my loved ones for my death — from determining who gets my stuff to writing my eulogy and making my memorial service playlist.
September 13th 2022
I was working hard and feeling burnt out, until a cancer diagnosis forced me to slow down and reevaluate the important things in life.
September 6th 2022
After I was diagnosed with anal cancer, doctors wanted me to get an colostomy bag, but I refused. Later on, I had to voice my concern about a drug that could improve my chances for survival.
August 23rd 2022
When doctors told me that there was no more they could do for my stage 4 lung cancer, I refused to believe them, and wish other patients did the same.
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.