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.

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After going through 14 rounds of chemotherapy to treat triple-negative breast cancer, I made a list of nine items I’m happy I had with me in the chemo chair.

I Wish I Didn’t Need an Oncologist at All, But I’m Thankful for the One I Had

November 7th 2022, 8:00pm


I wish I didn’t need to see an oncologist at all, but am thankful that the one I had was amazing.

Is it Possible to Have a Broad-Based Cancer Team in a Rural Area?

November 4th 2022, 1:00pm


With a little luck and a lot of coordination, I managed to create an excellent and comprehensive cancer care team in the least populated state in the country.

Taking My Life Back After Two Bouts of Breast Cancer

November 2nd 2022, 9:00pm


I experienced two separate breast cancer diagnoses, and the aromatase inhibitors I was prescribed drastically decreased my quality of life. Then, I found a way out.

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Cancer

November 1st 2022, 1:00pm


When comparing my experiences with those who came before me, I’m happy to realize that cancer treatments have gotten better and there are more Black leaders in the medical community.

My 6 Rules for Navigating Cancer and Medical Misdiagnoses

October 31st 2022, 9:00pm


I was misdiagnosed twice before receiving my kidney cancer diagnosis, and along the way, I learned the importance of expert doctors and clinical trials.

Cancer Changed How I Parent

October 31st 2022, 1:00pm


In the depths of chemotherapy, I found myself oscillating between being gloriously present and embarrassingly permissive.

Going Through Cancer as a Young Adult Shaped My Outlook on Life

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I went through two grueling bouts of cancer when I was a young adult, which drastically shaped my life.

I Was Unprepared for the ‘Stark Realities’ of Cancer Survivorship

October 29th 2022, 5:00pm


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When Dealing With Cancer, You Must 'Find Your Person'

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I was lucky to find “my person,” when dealing with cancer: someone who was experiencing similar situations as I was, even if she was thousands of miles away.