When Amber Havekost learned she had breast cancer, her world turned upside down. “Time stopped,” she writes. “The picture of my life in my head suddenly turned blurry and void of color, now with the word ‘cancer’ in bright red, etched onto my mind’s eye.” Read on to learn more about Amber’s story and how she confronted the enormity of 3 words, “I have cancer,” with the belief that hope can permeate hardship.
Each month we've been spotlighting a member of Congress who supports legislation and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer. This month, we recognize Rep. Tom Cole of the 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma.
Kristin was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer at age 29. After undergoing surgery and treatment, “I started feeling more grateful for even an hour of being alive, thankful for the ‘time,'" she shares. "I wanted more time to just be around, to enjoy things." Read on to learn more about Kristen’s story and our free support resources for people who have been impacted by brain cancer.
After your cancer treatment is over, going back to “normal” may not feel like an option. The physical and emotional toll your mind and body went through during treatment may leave you with lingering side effects. We share 4 tips to help you create and embrace your new normal.
"My cancer is real. I can deal with real," shares Terry, a laryngeal cancer survivor, in the next edition of our Survivorship series. In this Q&A, Terry discusses initial challenges with his laryngectomy surgery, ways he provides support to others with head and neck cancer, and the many passions that bring him joy.
Meet Alyssa, a 2-time pediatric cancer survivor who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3. She experienced a relapse at age 9, and now in her early 30s, she shares her experiences with late effects of her cancer treatments. Of her cancer journey, she says, “It doesn’t define who I am, but it has made me who I am.” Read on to learn more about Alyssa.
Liz Hiles spent months trying to get answers from medical providers about her unexplained urinary pain. When she was finally diagnosed with bladder cancer, surgery results revealed she had stage 3B cancer. Read on to learn more about Liz’s survivorship story and her work to dispel stereotypes around bladder cancer.
Our survivorship series continues with a Q&A with Evelina, a breast cancer survivor who has been sharing her experience — both the gifts and the challenges — with others. “One of the toughest challenges I faced throughout my journey was losing my father right in the midst of treatment,” she says. Read on to learn more about Evelina’s story.
Amber Havekost wears many hats in life — mother, wife, survivorship coach, avid writer. She is also a breast cancer survivor. In a Q&A with the Cancer Support Community, Amber shares her survivorship story with us. “As deep as my pain goes, so does my gratitude," she notes, "not one replacing the other, but both existing together.” Read on for more words of wisdom and inspiration from Amber.
Next up in our special blog series on cancer survivorship, we get to know Marcia Donziger, Chief Culture Officer at the Cancer Support Community. In this Q&A, we learn more about Marcia’s journey as a stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor and find out what cancer survivorship means to her.