by Sean Swarner Meet two-time terminal cancer survivor, Sean Swarner. His first goal was to crawl 8 feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. He went on to climb the highest point on every continent (including Mt. Everest), skied to both the North and South Poles, and completed the Ironman … [Read more...] about Space for Humanity
Stories of Hope
My decision to focus this website on HOPE comes from my obsessive curiosity and fascination with the question of what it takes for a patient to defy medical statistics and survive and thrive, despite the severity of the diagnosis? What role does HOPE have in that outcome? What about a strong “will to live?” How does one prepare to face the challenges and the traumas of a cancer diagnosis and treatment? How does one deal with the angst to get through the fears and uncertainties? And then, how does a person cope with the enormity of the internal changes that have taken place on the cancer path … the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual?
I want to use the experiences of the authors and myself to bring a sense of hope, a sense of belonging to a greater community, to encourage my sisters and brothers to receive the blessings of those who have walked the cancer walk before. We hold your hand and your heart.
That is the spirit in which we share our stories and hopefully contribute to your healing.
With immense gratitude ... Gratitude by Oliver Sachs The Generosity of Strangers by Nancy Novack This Might be the Best Day Ever by Anne Lamott The Doctor-Patient Relationship by Rachel Remen M.D. Changed by Cancer by Suleika Jaouad Holding Hands and Hearts by Nancy Novack Inner Strength by … [Read more...] about Stories of Hope
by Jessica My name is Jessica. I’m twenty-one years old, and my cancer story began two years ago. My aunt passed away from stomach cancer at the age of forty-three. Because this type of cancer predominantly affects older men in Asian countries, my family knew something was wrong. After genetic … [Read more...] about Stupid Cancer
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the best-known of the early pioneers of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. As a … [Read more...] about About Rachel Remen M.D.
by Sean Swarner Sean Swarner was diagnosed with cancer. Twice. To celebrate his beating the odds he climbed the seven summits -– the highest mountains on each of the seven continents -– in honor of everyone touched by cancer. Here, he shares a part of that journey, excerpted from his book: Keep … [Read more...] about Sean Swarner Keeps Climbing
by Suleika Jaouad “Cancer doesn’t just put your life on hold,” said Ms. Jaouad, who was diagnosed with leukemia a year after she graduated from college. “It’s not like you get to skip back a few months and pick up exactly where you left off. I wasn’t going to get my old life back.” I was so … [Read more...] about Facing Cancer in Your 20s
by Jesua When I was 20 years old, a junior at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, I made an incredibly brave choice. I decided to dedicate one third of my college curriculum to the studying of modern dance. Prior to that point, I had been studying psychology, philosophy, writing and religion, as … [Read more...] about How Generous Are You Willing to Be?
By Suleika Jaouad Earlier this week I found myself surrounded by journalism royalty. Many of the most-talented and most-courageous broadcast journalists, editors, producers and videographers had gathered at New York’s Lincoln Center for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. But to my … [Read more...] about A Golden Opportunity