Category: Survivor Stories

Reflections on My Childhood Cancer Experience 10 Years Later

Jordyn with her family.

“Having cancer taught me to try to find as much joy where you can get it. A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be so harrowing and overwhelming that it’s important to keep a focus on what you love. For me it’s humor, soccer, friends, and family. Cancer made me who I am, and I like who I am. I also learned that short hair can be cute!” Read More >

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Live and Learn: How Skin Cancer Made Prevention a Priority for Me

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“Even though I knew I had almost every risk factor for skin cancer—a lighter natural skin tone, red hair, and a lot of sun exposure from my teen years as a lifeguard—I fell into the far too common trap of thinking that skin cancer wouldn’t happen to me.” Read More >

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Protecting Your Skin Is Worth the Effort

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“I wish I could tell 16-year-old me to never start tanning. As a mother, I will try very hard to make sure my children never tan. I want them to know that the skin they were born with is perfect, just the way it is.” Read More >

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I Did Everything to Avoid Cancer…And It Still Got Me

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Terri makes it her mission to help women who are at risk for or who have ovarian cancer. She is also determined to live her life to the fullest. “I feel that [cancer is] a life sentence, not a death sentence,” Terri says. Read More >

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Lewis’ Story: Throat Cancer Changed His World

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“When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ your world changes in an instant,” says Lewis. Diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, Lewis endured seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which shrunk the tumor to the point that it could no longer be found. Lewis and his wife Amy started a support group for people with head and neck cancers. Read More >

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