Voices of Cancer

Read March 26, 2024

Here's How One Woman Is Showing Myeloma Who’s Boss

When Jawanna was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she was determined not to let it take over her life. Today she’s living life to the fullest, and she shares her story to help foster hope and connection among others living with MM. “I wanted to try to be a face to the illness and just let people know that you are not alone and there are resources out there,” she says. Read on for Jawanna's inspiring story.
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Read November 16, 2023

This Pageant Queen Is Shedding a Light on Cancer Caregiving

Caregivers can provide emotional and logistical support throughout a loved one’s cancer experience. Some caregivers do this while living hundreds of miles away from their loved one. During her reign as Miss District of Columbia USA 2023, Cassie Baloue has committed to bringing attention to this critical role and the importance of caregiver support. Here's her story.
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Read October 19, 2023

Kim's Squamous Cell Carcinoma Story: One Day at a Time

MyLifeLine gave Kim the avenue to vent about his frustrations and feelings, give updates on progress and share pictures. “It helped me out immensely. It helped my family and friends try to understand what I was going through, which was important to me."
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Read October 11, 2023

A Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Words of Hope & Ways to Cope

Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. You also might be a breast cancer patient or survivor, like Kay, who was diagnosed with an aggressive, advanced stage breast cancer in 2020. Read on to learn about Kay, whose story may help other patients and survivors feel less alone in their experience.
Debbie with her father at a family event.
Read September 14, 2023

Depression, Suicide Risk, and Cancer: Studies Suggest We Have to Talk About It

Former CSC CEO Debbie Weir remembers her dad, who died by suicide after 3 years of cancer treatments, and reflects on the importance of highlighting National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Debbie also shares information about our free support resources for people impacted by cancer, as well as national mental health resources to help those in crisis or emotional distress.
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Read September 7, 2023

Erma’s Caregiver Story: The Extent of a Support System

Erma shares what she learned about caregiving through personal experience, including the importance of having a support network. “You start out in the beginning like, ‘Why me?" Erma reflected. "It’s not like life picked on you. Life just happened.” Keep reading to learn more about Erma's story.
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Read August 18, 2023

Dan's Lymphoma Story: Humor With Tumor

Dan was an Olympic-level athlete and active in triathlons, road races, and half marathons. His doctor once said to him, “You’re the healthiest guy I know.” Keep reading to learn about Dan's lymphoma story, and how humor, writing, and support from his community played a therapeutic role in his cancer experience.
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Read December 20, 2022

HIV and Cancer: One Man Shares His Experience Navigating Both Diagnoses

"One day, I was advocating for a patient of mine and realized that I hadn’t been doing a good job of advocating for myself," shares Tony Christon-Walker, a longtime community advocate and activist. In our Q&A with Tony, he discusses his experience as a cancer survivor living with HIV. He also reflects on the importance of self-advocacy as a patient and facing – and defeating – stigma. Keep reading for more insights from Tony.
Read November 29, 2022

How One Woman Navigated a Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Found Her New Normal

Just a few months after giving birth to her first child, Tamron Little learned she had peritoneal mesothelioma. Tamron’s love for her infant son gave her hope, and her husband was a steady source of comfort and support. Today, 15 years after her diagnosis, Tamron shares her story.