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Everyone's breast cancer diagnosis is different. People respond differently to treatment and even make different decisions based on their own personal preferences. We also understand that breast cancer extends well beyond the person who is diagnosed. It touches all aspects of life including family members, friends, and loved ones. 

Sharing your experience not only helps others looking for connection, but it is also therapeutic for YOU! Unpacking everything you have been through, expressing your concerns, questions, fears, successes, and celebrations can help you make sense of the cancer experience. Moreover, it shows those in our survivingbreastcancer.org community that they are not alone and that we are a powerful community of warriors!

 

Looking for examples? Explore our breast cancer survivor and breast cancer thriver stories here. We also are building out resources for moms, daughters, spouses, and more, so be sure to check back often. 

Need help with topics and ideas? We have guidance and recommendations for getting started located below the Submission Form.

What personal information I should include in my story?

You are free to share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable with. Think back to when you were diagnosed- what information were you looking for? What do you wish you would have known? A few things to consider sharing (but not required) include:

 

  • Age of diagnosis

  • What was your diagnosis (type, stage)?

  • Did you have chemotherapy, and if so, which drugs were you on?

  • Did you have surgery? If so, what type, how did you make that choice, and/or were lymph nodes involved?

  • Did you have radiation? If so, how many weeks?

  • Were you on any experimental trials? How did they go?

  • Are you taking any hormonal therapies, and if so, which drugs?

  • You are always welcome to also include your email, if you would like survivors to email and connect with you directly.

 

If you do not want your name included with your story, you can always let us know if you prefer to be anonymous.

 

What topics should I cover in my story?

 

You are welcome to share on a variety of topics. Express your own experience. Share topics that you think would be helpful for others to understand. Utilize your story as a means of catharsis. A few examples (but not limited to) include:

  • What to expect going through chemotherapy

  • How to manage losing your hair, tips, and advice

  • Understanding body changes and how to cope

  • Health and nutrition/ eating habits while undergoing treatment

  • Fighting fatigue and “chemo brain”

  • Managing work, home, and life balance, while in treatment

  • The top 10 things you wish you knew before starting treatment/ surgery

  • A day in the life of a survivor…

 

What if I don’t like to write or journal? Are there other ways to share my story?

Absolutely! This is a creative and open space for survivors and caregivers to share their experiences through a variety of expressive mediums. Feel free to share your story through journaling/ writing, poetry, music, art, movement, and more. You name it!

You can always send us images to include with your story, or as a visual representation of your story. If you want support with editing any content, then just let us know. We are happy to help!

 

What if I want to include pictures, or update my story at a later date? 

 

Not a problem! Just get in touch with us, and we can add photos and make updates at any time.​

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