Statistics – about diagnosis, survival, loss – are symbols of personal experiences with cancer. These are stories that matter. They fuel the fight against cancer and the search for a cure.

My personal connection with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is through my father. He chose to keep his cancer experience private. Whether you are comfortable being public about your experience with cancer – as a patient or supporter – or prefer to stay anonymous, this is the space to share your story.

You don’t need to identify yourself to post here, but please do share. The impact of your experience is powerful. #CancerDontCare. We Do. 

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6 Comments on “Stories”

  1. Sweet friend was diagnosed in August 2012 with small cell carcinoma. They gave her three months to live. 6-12 if she did hard core chemo. She had two young daughters and fought like crazy. Of course she opted to try for the sake of her kids. She made it over 18 months. She turned 40 on Saturday and passed away yesterday. Cancer sucks. – A.P.

  2. A friend of mine from undergrad was diagnosed with cancer in his 30s. He went into remission but the cancer returned. He passed away 4 and a half years ago at age 33.

  3. My dad’s younger brother (non-smoker) died of lung cancer at age 40, three months after being diagnosed. He left behind two daughters (ages 1 and 3). Screw cancer!!

  4. My aunt, Margaret ‘Peg’ Davis was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She went through some new treatments they were testing, but ultimately did not beat cancer. She was one of the kindest, most gentle and easy going women I have ever met.

    Connor is a little boy who had a brain tumor. I know of his story because his parents are friends with my brother. He had surgery, went through proton radiation therapy, and is now cancer free!

    For my own story… I was tired all the time, my dr checked my thyroid levels but they were normal. He did notice my thyroid was slightly enlarged, but not noticeable to anyone else. An ultrasound showed a nodule, but my dr said it was too small to do a needle aspiration. Lucky for me, my family works in medicine, so a close family friend & surgeon did the aspiration which showed cancer. He said I could wait and see for 6 months, or just have surgery then and be ahead of the game. So, surgery it was, and they removed my entire thyroid.

    There are 4 kinds of thyroid cancer, 2 are very slow growing and almost never life threatening (I had a combo of both of them), 1 is quicker to metastasize, but fairly treatable. The fourth is deadly and fairly quickly (one of the US Supreme Court Justices had it and within 1 year it took his life). So, I am rather lucky to have had cancer, but an easily treated form, and so far, the only downside is that they just can’t seem to get my thyroid dose correct and have spent almost 3 years trying to figure out why my numbers swing like a pendulum.

  5. My mother-in-law beat inflammatory breast cancer three years ago, but was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer in October and died in March. She fearlessly fought for that one last birthday and one last Christmas with us, and she spent the last few weeks of her life being cared for and doted on by those who loved her most. We were lucky to have that time with her, but would have much rather taken the next 30 years of birthdays and Christmases instead. Cancer don’t care.

  6. Most recently a former track teammate was diagnosed with breast cancer (after undergoing chemo and radiation she is now almost 2 years cancer – free). She was 30, active and healthy. Cancer doesn’t discriminate.

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