“You have an 80% chance of dying and we’re going to amputate your leg.” This was what I heard the first time I had cancer, at the age of 15. The last time I was diagnosed, I was told to “tie up loose ends and live for the short term”. My mother got upset when [...]
I’ve been surviving ever since I was a little girl, although I really never put a name on what I was doing. Life didn’t always deal me a fair hand of cards, but at an early age I knew I only played to win, regardless of what was at stake. My parents divorced when I [...]
Truth be told I believe I have always been a survivor. We all have. In my mind, however, not everyone has been put to the challenge the way a cancer survivor has.
It wasn’t until I turned 40 years old that this was really put to the test.
When I turned 40 years old, at the end [...]
My journey starts a little before my diagnosis. On January 10th, 2007 my older brother was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We rushed him to a hospital four hours away from our home town to be able to get the care he needed. He was in critical care for many of months and his only [...]
I started this bumpy ride a bit more than two years ago when I was 47 years old, and it has helped shape who I am today at 49.
In a good way.
No, being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus – one of the fastest-growing forms of the disease – was not a good thing. Especially [...]
My side of the story…
My name is Miguel Jacobo and my journey begins when I was 22 years old. I had just moved back to my dad’s house from taking a “year off” in Las Vegas, where I was staying with my mom. I had moved back in October and by March my dad and [...]
I am Kim and I am 34 years old
My partner – soon to be husband – of 13 years is Bryan.
My sons are Daniel (6), Will (5) and my daughter Emma is 17 months.
I have a little sister, a mum, a dad and a little brother.
And we have melanoma.
I say we because cancer affects us [...]
I once read a quote from A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin says to Pooh, “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
The quote is so simply put, and is easy to dismiss; however, its sums up my cancer experience. People always ask me: “How [...]
It was March, 1987.
The doctor’s mouth was moving but I’d stopped hearing the moment he said the word cancer. I was sitting on the edge of the hospital bed trying to listen to a doctor who couldn’t meet my gaze as he explained how the needle biopsy results indicated the tumour in the ball of [...]
My tumor first made its appearance when I was 25 years old. I was living in Atlanta, I was working at a hospital, and I was having the time of my life. Suddenly, over the course of a few weeks, I started having sharp shooting pains down my right arm and noticed a lump in [...]
In July 2001, I was 34 years old, had been married 11 years and I got pregnant by accident. I say “by accident” because we were “waiting to be financially secure”. I now realize unless you hit the lottery you are never really financially secure!
So here I was, newly pregnant, planning my future and the [...]
During my 35 years of life I have been told countless times that I’m a survivor. I think the references to “survivor” started as far back as 15 or 16. I was told I was a survivor for being date raped at 15. I was told I was a survivor for working full-time and going [...]
Laurey Bikes – a bit of my story
For starters it is important to say I am a 21 year ovarian cancer survivor. And a 30 year uterine cancer survivor. I just turned 55 and feel as healthy and vibrant as I ever have. Life is a good thing.
Last year, when I was 54 I read [...]
Christmas chemo rescheduling put me next to Erica, a ginger-haired angelic-looking patient about my age, She was more vibrant than the other patients waiting for treatment. When I asked about this, she revealed her secret: a triathlon team. Soon, falling flat on my face would be the best evidence that I was surviving and [...]