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.
June 27th 2021
Learn the differences between sunscreen types and what to look for.
June 24th 2021
A breast cancer survivor writes a poem about a symbol of reassurance she saw while fatigued from cancer treatments.
June 17th 2021
A woman with stage 4 ovarian cancer discusses the importance of having compassion for other people, because you never know what they may be dealing with.
June 1st 2021
A survivor of fibrosarcoma shares his journey through treatment and how he learned to build strength and confidence after the ordeal physically changed his face.
May 24th 2021
A retirement counselor with bladder cancer shares the story of his diagnosis and his thoughts on treatment.
May 23rd 2021
A survivor of multiple cancers over the span of 27 years expresses her feelings about her cancer journey through a poem.
May 16th 2021
A retired public health specialist and survivor of both thyroid and breast cancer pens a poem about her experiences with treatment and what it’s like to be “pulled under the water” by cancer.
May 15th 2021
A skin and breast cancer survivor expresses her thoughts on travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected her family.
May 14th 2021
A long-term brain cancer survivor shares the story of his cancer journey and where it led his life.
May 12th 2021
A man who lost his wife to melanoma explains how he channeled his grief into advocacy that led to a change in legislation.
May 7th 2021
A melanoma survivor pens a poem about his cancer journey, losing his wife to melanoma and how he lives his life after these experiences.
April 30th 2021
Which story – of hope or fear – is the best experience to relate to help another?
April 25th 2021
A cancer survivor shares advice on how people can support a friend with cancer.
April 21st 2021
A pediatric oncology nurse offers advice for parents or primary caregivers on how to support their child during cancer treatment.
April 13th 2021
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.
April 12th 2021
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.
April 11th 2021
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”.
April 4th 2021
A “thriver” of triple-negative breast cancer shares a poem to mark the 10th anniversary of her survivorship.
March 15th 2021
A four-time cancer survivor writes a personal letter to her future doctors. She urges doctors to see her and not her diagnosis.
March 4th 2021
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.
March 1st 2021
An oncology nurse offers people tips on how to find the courage and be better advocates to their loved ones who may be receiving treatment for cancer.
February 18th 2021
Within a short period of time, Darlene Benson lost her dog, brother-in-law, and some of her best friends. But, at the same time, she conquered cancer. She says that if she can face that, she can face anything.
February 10th 2021
A patient with cancer recalls how the love her care team showed her during her treatment made such a difference in her journey to recovery. Her hope: That more patients with cancer around the world can find doctors who treat them as a person, and not just a case.
February 9th 2021
A penile cancer survivor recalls how he can become irrational and lash out at his loved ones during the days leading up to his next scans. His wish: To be normal again.
February 8th 2021
Moment by moment, we move toward life. We feel what needs to be felt. We can even feel through the numb parts—the broken pieces. Instead of looking somewhere else, we look straight on— at ourselves and others. We see what’s really there. Who is there for us? Who is not? We choose to be with those we love, and those who love us back—like the person in the mirror, the new friend.
February 6th 2021
At the moment it may be hard to realize, but your life is not over because of cancer.
February 1st 2021
A cancer survivor, who is in her 14th year of remission, recalls how image visualization complemented her cancer treatment and suggests the practice may help others.
January 31st 2021
With winter upon us, a caregiver discusses how the end of life is akin to the cycle of seasons and how hospice does not have to be a challenging hurdle.
January 26th 2021
A cancer survivor writes about how he, like many, was blindsided by his diagnosis and what it was like to receive treatment for a rare disease: penile cancer.