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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.

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This cancer living inside of me has been life altering. On the outside you may think that things are not so bad. What you are not seeing is that my cancer is incurable.

Cancer is a Numbers Game

June 24th 2019

Cancer can indeed be a numbers game, but I am no way just a statistic — no one is. This journey has given me a newfound perspective on life and the amazing work that Stand Up To Cancer does.

The Force Is Strong With Cancer Survivors: Joining My Rebel Alliance

June 21st 2019

When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, I envisioned myself in a galaxy far, far away. Just like any well-trained Jedi, I fought back when insurance denied my claim for doctor-recommended treatment.

The Girls: A Family Remembers Their Two Daughters Lost to Cancer

June 19th 2019

What a force they were, those two daughters of ours: that little nine-year-old kid Valerie, gone from bone cancer and the more grown-up 37-year-old Stacy, cut off by breast cancer. When we talk of them, however, it is often with a slight grin.

When Beating Cancer Means Battling the System

June 17th 2019

When my oncologist wanted to start me on a standard treatment, I asked her why. She said some of her other patients had gotten it. She was basing my life on someone else’s results? This survivor decided to seek other opinions and became her own advocate.

Redefining Success After Breast Cancer

June 13th 2019

Breast cancer was one of the best things that ever happened to me – and I never want it again. Now I am cancer-free and living a more fulfilling life than before the illness. Here are 10 insights and experiences from my cancer journey that continue to sustain me professionally and personally.

Breast Implant Illness: A Cautionary Tale for Women Considering Implants

June 12th 2019

Only three short months after getting breast implants I would experience such severe and crippling symptoms that nearly cost me my life. This is not just another unsatisfactory online review.

Living with Lung Cancer: Silver Linings

June 12th 2019

I have stage 4 lung cancer and told I had 12-18 months to live. Little did I know they sent a biopsy off for genome testing which has given me six years so far. My life is incredibly imperfect, but I love every single minute of it.

Holding Her Smile in His Heart Forever

June 5th 2019

A devoted husband and caregiver shares the poetry he wrote for his beloved wife, Mary Lee, after doctors gave her 18 to 36 months to live.

Burst Your Bubble

May 29th 2019

After treatment, this survivor was terrified of everyone and everything until her very wise doctor said, “I did not put you through all this for you to put yourself in a bubble – go live your life.” And she has… for 16 years and counting.

Surviving Glioblastoma: I am the Four Percent

May 23rd 2019

Four out of 100. That is the survival rate for stage 4 glioblastoma: four percent.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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