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.
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.
October 17th 2020
Understanding cancer as a professional is one thing, but once you go through the journey it takes on a whole different understanding.
October 11th 2020
One cancer survivor details her winding treatment journey, and how by making herself a deal found the faith to keep moving forward.
October 5th 2020
For head and neck cancer survivor Jason Mendelsohn surviving cancer was only the beginning of his journey as handling severe side effects from treatment altered his day-to-day life.
September 27th 2020
Talking about cancer can be a great burden but sharing one’s story can be liberating. Even if you share it while fishing.
September 26th 2020
Looking to change your mindset when facing down breast cancer? Here are 3 hacks to keep you calm and happy.
September 23rd 2020
I suffered a recurrence a few years ago and couldn’t bear to hear, or utter, the word “cancer.” So, I decided to counter-attack by belittling the disease and calling it “chocolate.” Then, I got my sweet revenge.
September 20th 2020
The call that raised the hair on my arms, which is the one I least expected, came at 7:30 a.m. during a sales meeting.
September 19th 2020
As difficult as my cancer journey was, there were a lot of good things that came out of it. Cancer changed my life. It changed my perspective. It showed me what is truly important and valuable in life.
September 15th 2020
Please, look for advice and resources that do not further complicate or adversely affect your own efforts to cope, but rather offers a path for you to do the best for your kids but still focus on all the aspects of you and your whole family living with cancer.
September 13th 2020
Fear of having cancer is not unusual, but there are a few actions you can take to help calm those fears
September 10th 2020
I received a phone call that would alter the course of my life in ways that I couldn’t possibly have imagined. On the other end was my 27-year-old daughter and I sat dazed and confused as she tearfully said, “Mom … it’s cancer.”
September 2nd 2020
After her colonoscopy, Denise talks about what her doctor said that changed her life.
August 31st 2020
There are women all over the world advocating for flat closure and starting nonprofits to put flat on the menu and make it a viable choice when it comes to mastectomy.
August 30th 2020
Breast cancer makes you wiser and more mature, but it also opens your heart to see that love is around you. It has showed me something that I initially did not want to accept, which was to love myself.
August 29th 2020
Feeling overwhelmed and scared during cancer treatment is completely normal. Here are some tips to help patients conquer their fears each step of the way.
August 28th 2020
A former clinical trial designer at the National Cancer Institute offers patients with cancer advice on why they should consider joining clinical trials and provides insight into two common misconceptions about trials.
August 27th 2020
I am not pining for the end of the pandemic, which makes me a bit of a weirdo among people I know, even though the end of the pandemic would be wonderful. I have been changed as a result of my cancer diagnosis, for it taught me that things can change at any moment.