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 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.
September 21st 2021
A woman describes how caring for her mother, who has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, drastically changed her life and her priorities.
September 19th 2021
A 13-time cancer survivor shares his complex, long and frustrating cancer journey, and explains how he is able to keep hope alive.
September 16th 2021
Through the emotions and anxiety of cancer, she realized she was not living her life to the fullest, and that it isn't over yet.
September 13th 2021
How do you move on with life after cancer? A two-time breast cancer survivor expresses her hopes and fears in the form of a poem.
September 12th 2021
A woman with breast cancer describes her cancer journey as an unconventional fairy tale, with hope scattered within the darkness.
September 10th 2021
A woman who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012 explains how she prevents cancer from taking over her life in her poem, 'Carpe Diem.'
September 9th 2021
A poem about cancer written by a man who subsequently died of the disease explores the idea of finding the small joys in life despite the pain of cancer and treatment.
September 8th 2021
Remembering the simple joys of living and transporting yourself beyond immediate concerns can be helpful for patients with cancer, one woman explains in a poem.
September 7th 2021
A psychotherapist who underwent a bilateral mastectomy writes a haiku about finding acceptance of cancer.
September 6th 2021
A woman describes how cancer changed her life for the better in her poem, 'Gift.'
September 5th 2021
A woman uses a poem to explain how seeing a double rainbow before and during her cancer journey gave her hope.
September 4th 2021
A man writes a poem about an ex-girlfriend who discovered she had cancer.
September 3rd 2021
A woman writes about the PTSD she suffered as a result of her breast cancer experience, and how cancer finds its way into her therapy sessions.
September 2nd 2021
A lymphoma survivor writes a poem about her sources of resiliency when dealing with cancer treatments.
August 30th 2021
A woman writes a poem about how she leaned on family, faith and friends when a suspicious spot was discovered during her annual mammogram appointment.
August 29th 2021
A cancer survivor whose mother died from the same disease writes a poem about the emotions she has related to being a 15-year survivor.
August 28th 2021
A cancer survivor who is now in remission writes a poem dedicated to the oncologist who helped save his life but later died from brain cancer.
August 27th 2021
In a special poem dedicated to his aunt who died from breast cancer, Javishkar Reddy writes about their connection and the emotions he felt after losing her.
August 25th 2021
A survivor of myxofibrosarcoma expresses his thoughts about cancer recurrence and treatment options in a poem.
August 25th 2021
A retired oncology social worker offers several tips on supporting a friend who has cancer, as well as ways to ask for support as a patient with cancer.
August 24th 2021
A woman with triple positive breast cancer shares an ode to her scars in hopes that other cancer survivors will find solace and connection in her words.