Share Your Story

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 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.
Submissions shall:

  • Consist of 500-800 words.
  • Be submitted to as an attachment in a Word document.
  • Consist of original work created entirely by you and of which all rights belong to you. The work should not have been published elsewhere or currently submitted elsewhere.
  • Not violate any person or entity’s copyright, trademark, or right of privacy or any other right.

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.

Your Recent Stories

Diagnosed, Not Defeated

May 23rd 2019

As a result of what I went through and my never-ending passion for helping others, I believe that my diagnosis happened for a reason – to lead me to a career in patient advocacy.

My Marathon: Don't Let a Wall Stop You, Keep Running!

May 10th 2019

I’m running this marathon to win it. I want to say don’t let a wall stop you; keep running, keep fighting!

Cancer Survivorship and the Mysterious 'New Normal'

May 3rd 2019

Most people have heard the term "new normal" for individuals living, surviving and struggling with cancer. What actually does that mean?

What I Don't Know

May 2nd 2019

I don't know why my fear is bigger right now than the reality that I was a rock-star-warrior during the biggest, deepest, most tortuous experience of my life: cancer.

'Cancer Warriors': Fighting Cancer with Karate

April 18th 2019

After receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer, one survivor started the Cancer Warrior Martial Arts Program, which honors kids and martial artists with their Cancer Warrior Black Belt and certificate for their courageous fight against cancer.

How to Talk with Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis

April 15th 2019

Telling my three young daughters about my cancer diagnosis was the hardest conversation of my life. Here are some tips I learned that I hope will help you navigate the conversation no one is prepared to have.

Proton Therapy and Barbecue: My Recipe for Beating Cancer and Being Myself

April 1st 2019

Going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment is so difficult. Thanks to my care team suggesting proton therapy, I never felt like my life became consumed by my lung cancer diagnosis.

Finding Beauty In Strength

March 27th 2019

By the time 14 months of treatment were through, I was watching a woman I no longer recognized and could not bear to look at in the mirror. I realized that to truly be a survivor, I had to readjust my expectations of myself.

Do You Want to Have a Long Life or Babies?

March 1st 2019

The side effects of colorectal cancer and its treatment—which span beyond fertility issues—require constant renegotiation and reframing of what it means to be me.

How Grieving Impacts Sleep

February 23rd 2019

If we have the capacity to love then we have to face grief as well, along with how it manifests in our lives—particularly through sleep.

From Survivor to Caregiver

February 13th 2019

When Joanne Lam was diagnosed with bladder cancer, her husband showed unwavering devotion in caring for her. Now it's her turn to be his caregiver.

A Work of Art, Not a Work of Cancer

February 12th 2019

A mastectomy can leave a lasting mark. This breast cancer survivor found her own unique way to make it a beautiful one.

A Geneticist Saved My Life

February 5th 2019

A geneticist I never met in person saved my life by insisting my gastroenterologist do a new colonoscopy. Had it not been for Mellissa Clarkson, I would have battled a new cancer that may have been discovered too late.

What to Do When a Friend Gets Cancer

February 1st 2019

A prostate cancer survivor offers his thoughts on what you should (and shouldn't) say to someone who was recently diagnosed.

Doctor Reflects on 30 Years of Cancer History

January 19th 2019

When I began my medical oncology career more than 30 years ago, I was determined to be among the first generation of researchers to cure cancer.

Oral Chemo Makes the Prospect of Facing a Lifelong Cancer Prognosis That Much Easier

January 13th 2019

All in all, I’m very pleased with being able to get my oral chemo directly from my clinic’s pharmacy. The staff knows me and they know my doctor.

Never-Smokers Get Lung Cancer Too: Finding Out the Hard Way

December 30th 2018

Taking on the World's Toughest Cancer

November 28th 2018

Adaptive clinical trials are poised to deliver hope to patients with pancreatic cancer.

When Clinical Trials Try Patients' Patience

November 1st 2018

Treating people with cancer requires the coordination of complex care, and adding a clinical trial to the mix can pose more challenges.

Survivors and Healers

October 18th 2018

I didn’t like thinking of myself as a “survivor.” There was something … I don’t know. Something a little shameful, maybe, about it.

Fufilling My Life Purpose

October 10th 2018

Finding My Gift Through My Breast Cancer Journey

October 6th 2018

Survivor's Guilt

September 26th 2018

Associating luck with any disease is unfair.

Myeloma Link: Empowering African Americans

September 18th 2018

Thriving Through October Together

September 17th 2018

Talking With a Therapist Can Ease Cancer-Related Fears

September 13th 2018

Superman, Sort Of

September 12th 2018

Twenty-year-old men think they are invincible. They wake up each morning thinking that nothing can stop them and that is one of the best feelings in the world.

Family Caregivers: The 'Pseudo' Doctors and Nurses

September 11th 2018

I poignantly remember an eloquent wife of a patient who died of acute leukemia shared her analogy with me. She stated, “You know when my dog died, I got a card from my vet. When my husband died, I got nothing.”

What Saved Me Years After My Hysterectomy

September 10th 2018

Life after a hysterectomy is one of the many challenges I have had to overcome.

The Other Side of the Ribbon

September 7th 2018