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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
November 20th 2022
After going through 14 rounds of chemotherapy to treat triple-negative breast cancer, I made a list of nine items I’m happy I had with me in the chemo chair.
November 7th 2022
I wish I didn’t need to see an oncologist at all, but am thankful that the one I had was amazing.
November 4th 2022
With a little luck and a lot of coordination, I managed to create an excellent and comprehensive cancer care team in the least populated state in the country.
November 2nd 2022
I experienced two separate breast cancer diagnoses, and the aromatase inhibitors I was prescribed drastically decreased my quality of life. Then, I found a way out.
November 1st 2022
When comparing my experiences with those who came before me, I’m happy to realize that cancer treatments have gotten better and there are more Black leaders in the medical community.
October 31st 2022
I was misdiagnosed twice before receiving my kidney cancer diagnosis, and along the way, I learned the importance of expert doctors and clinical trials.
October 31st 2022
In the depths of chemotherapy, I found myself oscillating between being gloriously present and embarrassingly permissive.
October 30th 2022
I went through two grueling bouts of cancer when I was a young adult, which drastically shaped my life.
October 29th 2022
As both a physician and a cancer survivor, here are three things I’ve learned about life after active treatment — a stage I found myself woefully unprepared for.
October 28th 2022
I was lucky to find “my person,” when dealing with cancer: someone who was experiencing similar situations as I was, even if she was thousands of miles away.
October 28th 2022
When I was first diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, I initially thought, “why me?” Now I wonder, “why not me?”
October 26th 2022
I knew my family was close, but it wasn’t until my mom was diagnosed that I realized how bonded we truly were.
October 25th 2022
After breaking 20 years of sobriety, I received even worse news: my leukemia had relapsed, and I’d need a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, my family and treatment team lifted me up during this difficult time.
October 24th 2022
Receiving a brain cancer diagnosis was scary, but it taught me to be more forgiving to others and proud of what I have accomplished.
October 22nd 2022
After being diagnosed with lymphoma, I scheduled consultations with three oncologists, but only one provided me with the hope I needed.
October 21st 2022
I was never sick before cancer, so my diagnosis made me learn how to be ill and accept the kindness of others.
October 17th 2022
My trip to the White House to advocate for myself and other patients with cancer was an empowering and memorable experience.
October 15th 2022
I’ve had leukemia for 13 years, and don’t owe anyone an explanation why my hair is short, or my face looks puffy.
October 12th 2022
In this poem, I chronicle "Suzy Q's" experience with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
October 11th 2022
Ten years after my brain cancer diagnosis, I feel hopeful and content with my life.
October 10th 2022
I went from being an avid runner to running from information about my lung cancer. But now I embrace my diagnosis and am an active participant in my care.
October 9th 2022
I didn’t let my cancer diagnoses get in the way of living life.
October 7th 2022
I turned my cancer-related depression and frustration with the health care system into something positive for others with the disease.
October 5th 2022
Looking back on my breast cancer experience, I contemplate what it means to thrive.
October 4th 2022
My healthy body was hijacked by an enemy (ovarian cancer) launching my continuous fight against the disease.
October 3rd 2022
After undergoing treatment for triple-negative breast cancer, I’m living my life with cautious optimism, and will always seek out joy.
October 1st 2022
Cancer tried to kill me, but I came back even stronger than ever.
September 29th 2022
The medical world has antidotes for many of the issues that arise from cancer treatments, so I learned to speak up about what I was experiencing.
September 27th 2022
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I became a fierce advocate for myself.