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
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.
by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer) I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I … [Read more...] about If I Had My Life to Live Over
by Rusty Keyes Busting down doors with an axe. Braving flames and clouds of poisonous carbon dioxide to save a child. Putting our lives on the line for the greater good. That’s what being a firefighter is all about. As a group of manly men, it’s not especially comfortable to talk --- or even think … [Read more...] about From Firefighter to Cancer Fighter
by Susan Gubar An email I received from a reader some time ago has begun to haunt me. The reader’s sister was dying of cancer. How, she asked me, would I respond to the word grace in the context of a cancer death? My correspondent did not gloss over the miseries of her sister’s terminal state. She … [Read more...] about The Gift of Grace
by Allison Gryphon I wrote this story for my A.W. Gryphon Bits & Pieces Blog on 11 September 2011. It’s strange looking back on that now. That date came four days after my fifth of six chemotherapy sessions ... and four days after I lost my dear friend and step-mom to brain cancer. I was … [Read more...] about Bronwyn the Brave
by Jeff Tomczek Your relationships are about to change. All of them. Some will get stronger. They will probably not be with the people you would expect. The people you want to handle this well might not be able to for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons will be selfish. Some of them will be … [Read more...] about The Things I Wish I were Told when I was Diagnosed with Cancer
by Aisling Carroll I exit the elevator at casino level and catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror wearing a black and baggy Stupid Cancer t-shirt. I feel a flush of hot regret in my cheeks for wearing this conference apparel just as dozens of doll-like women in neon bandage dresses teeter past. I … [Read more...] about Cancer Support Groups Weren’t for Me — Until …
by Enzo's Dad He stands nearly two feet tall and weighs in at thirty-five pounds of lean, fibrous strength. His eyes are dark brown and project the wisdom of a battle-stricken Marine. His hands and arms bear witness to pain from which most adults would cower. His head is slick and bald with a … [Read more...] about Enzo: The Cancer Warrior