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Every cancer survivor’s story is different. Some children are diagnosed as infants and do not remember their illness. Other childhood cancer survivors were in their teens or 20s. Cancer had a huge impact on their lives.
There are more than 500,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States. Often childhood cancer survivors have unique challenges because of the treatment they received. Knowing their stories can help fellow cancer survivors deal with similar issues.
Even though each cancer survivor story may be different, they all have one thing in common – they are all cancer survivors. Read their inspiring stories here.
When Lindsey’s leukemia came back after it had been in remission, she turned to others to help her through the tough times –God, family, friends, hospital staff, and the community as a whole.
Studies show that females who receive radiation to the chest have an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Their risk is comparable to women with BRCA gene mutations in the general population.
Because childhood cancer is so rare, health care providers may never care for a childhood cancer survivor. Those that do may not be aware of the possible late effects of childhood cancer treatment.
Jenny was thrilled when her daughter, Mabry, finished chemotherapy, but she also had concerns — would the cancer come back? Learning how to handle anxiety is important.
Survivor guilt is when you feel guilty after surviving an event that others did not. Not all childhood cancer survivors will experience this feeling, but it’s not uncommon.
When Haley, 33, a childhood cancer survivor, tells a new health care provider about her medical history, sometimes she detects a “deer in the headlights” type of reaction because childhood cancer is so rare. It’s important to become your own health care advocate and try to ensure your provider gets the information he or she needs before making decisions.
Ever hear the one about a 15-year-old girl diagnosed with cancer in her butt? Unbelievable, right? Cancer in your butt.
Fear speaks first and fear speaks loudest—but that does not mean it is a voice of reason, nor is it a voice of truth.
Javon shares his story of surviving 2 bouts of cancer. Learn how the support of family, friends, and his care team helped him through his cancer journey.
I was always a very social girl. You could find me hanging out with my friends, going to football games, or shopping. When I was diagnosed at the age of 16 with papillary thyroid cancer, I was nervous to tell my friends. How would they react? Would my relationships change?
When Evan’s cancer relapsed, it was hard news to hear. But he responded with the most powerful defense he could think of – a positive attitude.
On December 13, 2016, I was diagnosed with leukemia. That was the day my journey began. A journey full of helplessness, fight, hope, anger, depression, anxiety, weakness, nausea, and many more emotions.
Jakayla shares her story about surviving acute lymphoblastic leukemia twice. Learn how her love of music and faith gave her strength.
MJ had a brain tumor called pineoblastoma during his preteen years. Now he is cancer-free and headed to college.
After having limb-sparing surgery, Micah Winkle had to give up contact sports. After a year of recovery and trying new activities, Micah became a champion rock climber.
When Sarah and Toby wanted to grow their family, they knew adoption would be the right option for them. Meet this childhood cancer survivor and follow her adoption journey.
When Emma was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in July 2015, Margaret was a huge part of her support system. Who would have guessed that Margaret would face the same diagnosis less than a year later?
Katie has made it her mission to get everyone she can vaccinated against COVID-19.
"Cancer has affected my life both negatively and positively. It was the darkest and scariest year of my life but also one of the most important. "
When María reflects on her story with childhood cancer, she is reminded about how the sun always shines after the storm.