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.
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.
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!
May 3rd 2019
Most people have heard the term "new normal" for individuals living, surviving and struggling with cancer. What actually does that mean?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 1st 2019
A prostate cancer survivor offers his thoughts on what you should (and shouldn't) say to someone who was recently diagnosed.
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.
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.
November 28th 2018
Adaptive clinical trials are poised to deliver hope to patients with pancreatic cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
September 10th 2018
Life after a hysterectomy is one of the many challenges I have had to overcome.