Share Your Story

Share Your Story Submissions

There are so many questions that come with a cancer diagnosis — questions about treatment, side effects, caregiving, survivorship and more.
Your stories help us achieve our mission of combining science and humanity to make cancer understandable.
To share your story, submit it via a Word document to for your chance to have your story highlighted here, and please be sure to include "Share Your Story" in the subject line.
CURE® accepts submissions of personal essays from readers relating to their own cancer experience. Submission of your work to CURE® does not guarantee publication. CURE® does not offer compensation for general submissions.
Submissions shall:

  • Consist of 500-800 words.
  • Be submitted to as an attachment in a Word document.
  • Consist of original work created entirely by you and of which all rights belong to you. The work should not have been published elsewhere or currently submitted elsewhere.
  • Not violate any person or entity’s copyright, trademark, or right of privacy or any other right.

CURE® reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, content, and length and in accordance with CURE®’s style guide and standards. By submitting your work to CURE®, you acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright rights in any edited version belong to CURE® as an original creation of a derivative work. You also acknowledge that if you submit work elsewhere, you will not have the right to use CURE®’s edited version without CURE®’s prior written permission.

Your Recent Stories

To My Loved Ones, ‘You’ve Held the Pause Button Long Enough’ During My Cancer Journey

June 1st 2022, 9:00pm


After I was diagnosed with cancer, I started to feel like a burden to my loved ones. So, I wrote a letter urging them to continue on with other aspects of their lives.

My Cancer Advocacy Keeps My Mom’s Legacy Alive

May 23rd 2022, 3:00pm


After my mom died of colon cancer, I became an advocate with the hopes that fewer people would be lost to the disease.

How Naming My Lifesaving Ostomy Helped Me Gain Confidence and Find Body Positivity

May 19th 2022, 7:00pm


After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, my ostomy — which I named Toodles — opened up a world of body positivity for me.

If I Can Save One Life By Telling My Cancer Story, It Was All Worth It

May 18th 2022, 10:15pm


After being diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, I made it a mission to share my story and help others.

The Role of Willpower in Battling Cancer

May 9th 2022, 3:00pm


My dad was always strong willed, and I think that helped him face aggressive, late-stage cancer.

Let It Go: A Popular Disney Song Taught Me How to Live After Cancer

March 25th 2022, 1:27pm


I let go of knowing I won’t ever be without anxiety of my cancer growing again and let go of the idea of any “old me” returning. I was now focusing on the “new me.”

3 Stages of Coping With Cancer: There Are Better Days Ahead

March 3rd 2022, 6:00pm


When I was first diagnosed with a stage 4 neuroendocrine tumor in my small intestine, I went through three stages of coping with my cancer: anger, planning and living life.

Families Need to Be More Open About Cancer Risks, Because it Could Save the Life of Someone You Love

February 24th 2022, 2:23pm


Last year, my wife died of triple-negative breast cancer that was caused by a genetic mutation. If her family risk was discussed more openly, she — and many others with an inherited predisposition to cancer — may still be here today.

My Cancer Diagnosis Led Me to Discover a Family I Didn’t Know I Had

February 23rd 2022, 4:00pm


After being diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer, I discovered that I had two sisters — and a family predisposition to cancer.

I’m Not a Cancer Warrior or Fighter, I’m a ‘Traveler’

February 2nd 2022, 4:00pm


A brain cancer survivor explains how she found a way to navigate her cancer journey as a traveler, grateful to be alive.