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Write Your Cancer Story

June is National Cancer Survivors Month and we wanted to honor cancer survivors so we invited the public to submit one original, not previously published, 1,000 word or less essay inspired by a personal experience with cancer. We received essays written from both the point of view of the patient and the caregiver, authors ranging from 17 to 81 years old. Our panel of judges selected the final three and now your votes will pick the winner! We were so moved by all of the submissions and wanted to share their courageous, creative and heartfelt words. May they inspire you as they inspired us!

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#1 Memories and Red Bean Cakes

by Angelina Xu

"I stood still, feeling my mind go numb..."

#5 Make-Up with Cancer 2018 

by Donna Dyal

"Before my eyes opened last March after my colonoscopy these words were washing over me..."

#9 Untitled

by Mona Wood

"My story begins with a fall at our vacation home in West Virginia..."

#2 I Won the Battle

by Carol Ellis

"Ever since my oldest daughter was born, I always had my mammograms on her birthday..."

#6 What a Caregiver Means to Me

by Theresa Camp

"In April 2016 my husband Lloyd was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer..."

#10 My Journey

by Norma Best Boucher 

WINNER!

"As I ask myself when this journey all began, I must start with my mother in the ‘60’s..."

#3 Stage IV Melanoma

by Dr. Danny Quaranto

"The year was 2013 and I was treating a woman we will call Mary..."

#7 Untitled

by Joy Anderson

"My story starts out way back in 2001 when I was newly diagnosed with a rare, chronic blood cancer..."

#11 Untitled

by Theresa Morrow 

FINALIST!

"I was always told I might get cancer. After all, cancer runs in my family, especially in the women..."

#4 Cancer Confessions

by Jani Stone

FINALIST!

"We spend our whole life building a safety net around ourselves..."

#8 My Cancer Story

by Kristen Barry

"I succumbed to death after being bitten by a poisonous snake..."

#12 My Cancer Story

by Mary Bair

"'Cancer”'– a word we all dread to hear as a doctor’s diagnosis. I have had this experience several times throughout my life..."

Our contest is over but the support continues...

We want to send our thanks and appreciation for our authors who shared their time, courage and stories with our community! We invited them to read their work at a reception and we were all very moved - not a dry eye in any of our houses!

 

Finishing treatment is not the end for many cancer survivors and the transition back into daily living after cancer can be bumpy. For those looking for support and guidance we are currently offering a Cancer Survivor Workshop Series, a special 6-week series of self-exploration and healing.

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