by Aisling Carroll With an impressive amount of Cha Cha blush on my cheeks, I lie down flat on my hardwood floor. As I hoist my legs up against the living room wall, I admire my new skinny jeans. This pre-date pose ensures I won’t swoon around Scott, literally. It wards against blackouts. This … [Read more...] about How I Date After Cancer
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 Alice Hoffman Previously the one who shepherded her loved ones through illness and tough times, Hoffman found that when she herself was ill, certain truths became clear to her that she didn’t want to forget later on. She set out to capture the lessons from her own life that became bright spots … [Read more...] about Survival Lessons
by Suleika Jaouad It was the annual fund-raising event for the Hope Lodge, my temporary home after a bone marrow transplant. The host asked all the survivors to step forward from the crowd. I froze. I didn’t know if that word applied to me. What does it mean to be a survivor? I certainly didn’t … [Read more...] about Am I a Cancer Survivor?
by Dana Jennings It has been two years since I learned that I had prostate cancer, and a bit more than a year since I had any treatment for what I eventually learned was an aggressive Stage 3 cancer. Being from the sticks of New Hampshire, I’m reminded of a woods that has burned. There is still … [Read more...] about After Cancer, Everyday Miracles
by Suleika Jaouad There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in. It is a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always … [Read more...] about Fighting Cancer and Myself
By Nicholas D. Kristof My doctor’s call came early last month just as I was completing a column noting that 41 percent of Americans come down with cancer. That statistic felt as remote as a puff of cloud in the stratosphere — until my physician, Gary Raizes, gently began to break the news to me … [Read more...] about A Scare, a Scar, a Silver Lining
By Katherine Russell Rich Each year on a day in January — the 15th, to be precise — I go to a website and post a message to hundreds of women I’ve never met, saying, essentially, “I’m still here.” Within days, a thunderous chorus comes back, 200 voices, 300. A few of them ask, “How can … [Read more...] about 17 Years Later, Stage 4 Survivor is Savoring a Life Well Lived
by Katie Drake As the parent of a bone marrow transplant patient, there are a few milestones that you long for your child to reach. Katie and Julian Drake were told that if their son Harry made it to six weeks post-transplant, he was in good shape. If he made it to six months, he was in really good … [Read more...] about Betting on Harry: Boy Diagnosed with Leukemia