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.
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.
January 13th 2021
A cancer survivor discusses how she decides to discuss her mastectomy and the acceptance of her body after treatment for cancer.
January 12th 2021
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the serious medical difficulties patients with cancer face has been brought to the forefront for healthcare as a whole. But we can learn lessons from these challenges and find a stronger path forward.
January 7th 2021
A caregiver discusses with her granddaughter the cancer diagnosis and treatment of a loved one.
December 26th 2020
Aileen Holthaus writes about her first day of chemotherapy for follicular lymphoma, and the challenges it presented.
December 22nd 2020
For one cancer survivor, laughter might have been the best medicine.
December 19th 2020
Catherine Stier, a breast cancer survivor, discusses her new book "When A Kid Like Me Has Cancer" a story of how to talk about cancer with children.
December 15th 2020
In this most stressful of seasons, these seven specific steps can bring the joy back to the Holidays for those patients going through cancer treatment this time of year.
December 13th 2020
A caregiver uses poetry to work through their husband's cancer journey.
December 5th 2020
Winter brings added challenges for patients with cancer. Here's what you need to know to take into consideration as the weather gets colder.
November 28th 2020
A former oncologist discusses how yoga became a vital part of her recovery after a surprise breast cancer diagnosis.
November 22nd 2020
A poem from a mother to her daughter after her breast cancer diagnosis.
November 11th 2020
The cost of cancer care is often an insurmountable challenge for many patients, in particular patients with lung cancer. Many of whom will die because they cannot afford treatment. Health care costs must not compromise care.
October 31st 2020
As the wife of a prostate cancer survivor, I’m eternally grateful for Colorado’s early blood draw program that helped my husband get lifesaving treatment early.
October 20th 2020
Paula Schneider, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen®, writes to her younger self on the lessons and challenges she faced as a patient with breast cancer.
October 18th 2020
Hope is a potent ally for the patient with cancer, and it is a response that helps inform a patient's journey with cancer.