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.
Check out the prompts below and choose the question that resonates most with you.
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.
May 12th 2023
In 2022, I was diagnosed with cancer at 23 years old. Here’s what I’ve learned since.
May 11th 2023
A decade ago, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and underwent aggressive chemotherapy and an allogenic stem cell transplant. Though I still have complications related to my cancer, I’m thankful for what I still have.
May 8th 2023
I’m not usually the emotional type, but the first time I tried on a wig after losing my hair from chemotherapy, I wept.
May 4th 2023
I was experiencing a painful side effect from radiation therapy, but when the staff dressed up like characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” I became grateful for their willingness to brighten my day.
April 17th 2023
Every three weeks I experience the “drip, drip, drip” of cancer treatment.
April 11th 2023
I developed tuberculosis — a rare but dangerous effect of certain bladder cancer treatments.
April 10th 2023
I had what I thought was a canker sore that didn't heal. It ended up being cancer.
April 3rd 2023
There is no guidebook to life with cancer, but here a few important lessons I learned along the way.
March 29th 2023
My cancer diagnosis — and the emotional effects that came with it — made me who I am today.
March 28th 2023
Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which sparked fears of leaving my loved ones behind.
March 27th 2023
The temporary tattoos that guided the radiation for my cancer treatment were not beautiful, artistic or cool — they were more than that.
March 25th 2023
I’m looking back and sharing the lessons learned from 10 years of cancer survivorship.
March 24th 2023
My cancer diagnosis taught me to speak up and ask, “What do I need to know?” and “What can I be doing for myself?”
March 23rd 2023
Choosing to get a mastectomy was a difficult decision to make, but then the pathology results came back indicating a second cancer.
March 22nd 2023
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I learned more about the disparities that Black women with the disease face.
March 20th 2023
I’m more than six years out from my myeloma diagnosis and realized that I’m capable of more than just surviving.
March 17th 2023
Many well-meaning people wanted to hug me after hearing of my rectal cancer diagnosis, but I’m not a very touchy person. So, loved ones supported me in other ways.
March 16th 2023
Even after my son survived cancer, I still had fears — and nightmares — of the worst.
March 15th 2023
My cancer support group was as important to my cure and healing as my oncologist and surgeon.
March 14th 2023
When mindfulness was first recommended when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, I scoffed. But now, years later, I know how important a tool it can be.
March 13th 2023
When I share my story and use my cancer diagnosis to help others, cancer becomes a “club” that’s a little more inviting.
March 12th 2023
My daughter continues to be there for me throughout my cancer experience, even on my most difficult days.
March 10th 2023
My major source of support throughout my journey was our local breast cancer support group.
March 9th 2023
Thanks to an amazing care team, I got through my breast cancer with little worry.
March 8th 2023
After being diagnosed with a rare cancer, I met some amazing people and have a new appreciation for life.
March 7th 2023
As a doctor, I’m used to providing medical care, but once I was diagnosed with cancer, I became a patient — someone receiving medical care, too.
March 5th 2023
When I sit down with my paint brush, despite my cancer history, I don’t feel different anymore.
March 2nd 2023
Laughter helped me get through many of cancer’s uncomfortable situations, including a recent MRI, where I was laughing despite not being able to move.
February 28th 2023
After I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and told I needed a colectomy, I knew I’d face physical and financial difficulties after the surgery, but I did not anticipate the emotional toll of my diagnosis.