Share Your Own Cancer Story and Inspire Thousands!

by Jane Ashley

Do you want to help others diagnosed with the same kind of cancer that you had?

You Have A Story To Tell

Do you remember those dark days when you were first diagnosed? The fear, the confusion and the “what ifs” were overwhelming. If you are like me, you probably wondered if life would ever would be normal again. Over 1.7 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in 2018 — that’s over 4,900 people every day here in the U.S. who hear the words, “You have cancer.”

Help others by sharing your cancer story. Become a WhatNexter of the Week. It doesn’t matter what kind of cancer you’ve had. Maybe cancer has visited your doorsteps twice — having cancer twice happens to about 17% of us. It doesn’t matter what stage cancer that you have. Some of us are diagnosed at an early stage through a routine physical. Others go to several doctors before their cancer diagnosis explains their symptoms. We all want to hear your story, from diagnosis to completion of treatment.

What’s your story?

Everyone has a story. Every story is different. Maybe the doctors thought you were too young to have cancer. Perhaps, your first oncologist thought that you were too old to have aggressive treatment. Tell your story so that those newly diagnosed can read about your treatment and find comfort in your surviving your cancer diagnosis.

Any kind of cancer. Whether you have one of the ten most common kinds of cancer or an uncommon cancer, there is someone who needs to read your story so that they know that they are not alone in their daily battles.

Natural Disaster

Stage I or Stage IV. No cancer treatment is every insignificant. Some kinds of early cancer don’t get treated at first — they “watch and wait” — imagine how a newly diagnosed patient feels when they learn that “watching and waiting” is what’s usually recommended.
Any type of treatment. While we think of chemotherapy as the usual treatment for cancer, the truth is that 60% of cancer patients receive radiation as part of their treatment. You may have been one of the first who received an emerging treatment — share your experience to help bring peace of mind to someone else.

Big city hospital or smaller cancer treatment center. Urban or rural, where we live is our home base. We might have to travel for some of our treatments because we live in a rural area or a sparsely-populated state, but just because we don’t go to one of the Top Ten cancer centers in the U.S. doesn’t mean that we can’t get world-class treatment. Share your unique situation to help others navigate the logistics of cancer treatment.

Juggling family responsibilities. How did you manage family responsibilities? Were you a young mother with toddlers? Were you a baby boomer caring for your aged parent? How did you manage your family duties while you were in treatment?

Could you work? That’s one of the first questions many newly-diagnosed patients ask because cancer treatment is expensive and our job might be the source of our healthcare insurance. Sharing your story about work, short-and-long-term disability and how you managed to keep your job will help others.

Long Distance

Insurance issues. Did you experience treatment delays because of insurance issues? Or did you or your medical team have to appeal denials for necessary procedures? Were you able to get copay assistance if you needed it?

Reactions from family and friends. How did your family react to your diagnosis? Were they supportive or did they physically and emotionally abandon you? Who helped you most? Were coworkers supportive or believe that you were faking it to get out of hard tasks?

Your story is important to someone. Think about the questions and problems that came up during your treatment and how you solved them. Remember how you found hope and courage to face chemo, radiation or surgery. Your story can help someone newly diagnosed.

Just read some of our WhatNexters stories

Bug’s breast cancer story

Sara, a 26-year old, who has already had cancer twice and graduated from college

William, who suffers a cardiac arrest and then is diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer

Are you ready to be our latest WhatNexter of the Week?
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