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Dear Cancer, I look back on the last 2.5 years of my life and, even now in hindsight, I can't believe I made it. On one hand I wish I could have avoided the struggles I've faced, and on the other, I'm so grateful for the strength they have brought out in me. I've had this constant thought, "my body is letting me down". I've had a nonstop flow of issues, one thing after another, and I'm so frustrated with this unrelenting struggle. I watch my friends live "normal", healthy lives and I find myself envious. I wonder how they are so strong and how their bodies are able to fight to keep them healthy. But then, as I was in the hospital for the millionth time this week, it hit me - my body isn't failing me or letting me down. In fact, it's doing exactly the opposite. My body is fighting. My body is strong! I have endured more in the last 2.5 years than most have in their entire lives. So, instead of beating myself up, being envious, and being disappointed with my body for not being "healthy", I'm going to be grateful. Grateful for a body that has been through so much and yet somehow manages to keep fighting despite all the trials I've endured that have robbed me of my strength. In my weakest moments, I've risen up. I've found strength I never knew I had. "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:30-31
Dear Cancer- you've taken friends too young, you've taken family members of friends, you've taken my wife's family members before I could meet them, you've taken my Grandmother before she could meet my wife and children, YOU HAVE NOT AND WILL NOT TAKE ME- We all have to go some time but I WILL NOT LEAVE MY WIFE BEFORE I SPEND AS LONG AS WE CAN LEARNING AND GROWING MORE IN LOVE. I WILL NOT LEAVE MY CHILDREN BEFORE I CAN SEE THEM HIT THEIR FIRST BASEBALL/WALK DOWN THE AISLE/ HAVE CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN!!! I had surgery to get rid of you (along with lefty the fallen hero!) and if you come back I will fight!!!!
Dear Cancer, THANK YOU! Seriously. I bet you don't hear that very much, but I am grateful to you. You helped me see and heal many destructive patterns in my life that I wouldn't have noticed without your wallop to the side of the head (or in my case, my right ovary). I am better, stronger, more connected, and more fully recognize my own value and how much I am loved because you came into my life. You weren't always the best company, and you cost me a LOT of money, but I am still appreciative of all you taught me. It's weird to say that you were the best thing to ever happen to me, but I do say that. Thanks.
Dear, dear cancer, Remember my thirteenth birthday? It was the year I thought I could have more freedom since I was teenager. However, you came out of nowhere and gave me a cough; a cough that ruined my vocal cords and left me with 40% of my voice. The cough was caused by a tumor that also took part of that horrible cough. Remember when the doctor said the tumor removal surgery was going to be simple and was going to be in a area where it wasn't going to be showing? Remember when the doctor said that I had to get the tumor out by them opening my chest and breaking my breast bone, which will be fixed with metal wire? Remember how I could've lost my arm, my voice, and I had less than a 50% chance surviving the surgery because of it being wrapped around major nerves and arteries? I remember that too. Remember when I got the tumor removed, my arm and voice still with me, and we thought you were gone, but you were diagnosed as a highly aggressive cancer called Soft Tissue Sarcoma? Do you know how I felt knowing that I had to spend almost my entire year of my thirteenth year having chemotherapy and radiation? Remember the pain that was brought upon my family when I had pneumonia after the day if my little sister's birthday and had a cold on New Year's? If you don't remember, I do. I am now sixteen years old and in my Principal's Honor Roll. It's funny how you thought you could kill me, but you didn't. I would also like to thank you because I got in more depth with my religion and I'm stronger than I've ever been. So, thank you, but I alps hate you. -Madison, age 16
Cancer, Why did you pick me in July of 2001? What did I do to be chosen? Why did you have to cause soooo much pain to not only me but my 3 yr old? You gave me hell for a year. Between surgery after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, I am not sure which one was worse. For a short time you hospitalized me, made me weak, sick and unable to care for my child the way I wanted to. Even now you try to bring me down with Massive migraines, But I am here to tell you not now. You may have changed my life but you did not win and take it. I still have to worry every year when I go for testing to make sure you arent back in a different form or kind or to make sure the medicines put inside me isnt damaging my heart. I thank you thou. I have had 13 amazing years with my son, who now has a 10 year old brother, and will continue to have amazing years and memories with my kids. Thanks for changing my life and showing me that I have always been strong and determined to win .... Thank You
Dear Cancer. Remember when you tried to take over my life? Remember when you tried to crush me? remember when I was just a normal 20 year old? Remember everything I had before you? I Do. Sure we had fun over the last year, when I went from a normal 20 year old to a 20 year old with stage 4 cancer. Remember how you tried to ruin my life? Remember that you FAILED? I won, and I'm not backing down. I am a Fighter and I will Survive. I didn't need you to show me how strong I was, I already knew I had this fight in me and the best part was proving you wrong. I am so not sorry. Thanks for changing my life. Love Ali
I would like to cordially invite you to "suck it." But thanks for helping me realize that I have a perfectly shaped head, and that my friends are literally the best in the world. I'm going to put up with you for a few more months, and never look back. Dont love ya, Kayanne
Dear cancer, I am 10 years in remission but I still feel like You have power over my life. I have lost control of my emotions and my life is not off track then ever. I know I am the one making excuses but I feel like a shell and like I'm living someone else's life. So many things would be different if you didn't tornado through my life but I cannot hang onto that. I am trying to be better but not to spite you cancer but to prove you were not my greatest fight and triumph. I will not be remember for fighting cancer. I will be remember for me whatever that turns out to be. I want to be bigger than that and look back on that part of my life and feel nothing. That's not exactly what I wanted to say but it is said.
Dear Cancer, Thank you. You have now made two attempts on my life in the last three years. You have pushed me to my breaking point more times than I can count. You have taken away my ability to have children the traditional way. You have taken my ability to play catch with the child I will one day have through modern methods. You ruined my wedding and made me marry the love of my life in a hospital room while undergoing chemotherapy. You have left my body frail and weak. You have forced me to abandon my entire immune system for someone else’s. You have demanded that I spend more time in hospitals than any 32 year old ever should and you have done all of this in your attempt to take from me the very definition of my existence, My Spirit. The reason I say thank you is because all you have succeeded in, with your feeble attempts on my life, is making my Spirit stronger. I am now an unwavering powerhouse of life that you can’t even begin to comprehend. I will not be broken. You have made a mistake in choosing me as your enemy. It is now my mission in life to defeat you. Not just in our personal battles but I intend to expose you and reveal your weakness to the world. You have hid in the shadows striking at humanity for too long. You will now have to deal with the repercussions of awakening a new kind of enemy. One who understands that simply with awareness we humans get to strike first and one who intends on bringing that awareness to the world. Be warned cancer, I am coming for you!
Dear Cancer... You truly suck...a year ago May, I found you were in my body. Like a venomous snake, you made your way in... Ahhhh but thank God for awesome doctors who performed surgery to remove 40% of my lung, monitored my chemo ( 4 cycles) and my radiation (30 treatments) simultaneously. I begged them to let me quit 1/2 way through. I had lost 21 lbs due to Esophagitis and being unable to eat or drink, bottomed out to where they could not get a blood pressure reading on my body, for the first time in my 59 years thought of ending my life... God had bigger plans for me! My doctor said throughout my year long journey, " you are curable", it took some time for those words to sink in. It had been 15 mos since the chest x-ray showed " a faint spot" on my lung and 13 mos since my surgery. I am a survivor of 1 year and I know I have a destiny here on earth and wherever it takes me, that' s where I'll go. Cancer - you suck but I beat you!!!
Dear cancer/chemo, words cannot express how much I hate you. You took my hair, memory, made me go through many surgeries, made me extremely sick, you also scared the hell out of not only me my family as well. You made me stay in bed for days and made me weak. Well guess what I am going on two years cancer free, and in a few days I will be celebrating my 27th birthday with my friends, family, and the best gift of all my beautiful 6 month old daughter! I hate you end of story!!! Don't ever come back and stop attacking others we don't want you here!!
Dear Cancer, I hate you too! I hate you for what you did to me. I hate that you left me bedridden. I hate that my grandson fears that you'll come back. You can't win with me, although you try, I am STRONG and I know where my help came from. Cancer, I hate you, but I rise above you everyday!
Dear Cancer, For the longest time after diagnosis I was thinking "Why me?" but now I know that it wasn't a punishment. It was a test, a lesson. It happened to me because I was strong, and I could come out on top and show other people that no matter what you've gone through, you can never slow down or give in. Cancer, you took a lot away from me those first few weeks. Remember when you stole my strength and hunched my back so that walking even a few feet was a challenge? I fought back, and am now able to run 3 miles, no breaks. What about when you made me self conscious at pool parties because of the 6 inch scar you left? Too bad that high-waisted bikini bottoms are the new trend. Cancer, you left your mark. And I'm not going to erase it, or be embarrassed any longer, because it's amazing how strong those scars have made me.
Dear Cancer (or my current enemy, Chemo): This day is not getting better...this is the second time I've tried to post and the website keeps rejecting me. That doesn't help when I've already cried twice today. It's one of those days where exhaustion has set in and I feel like I'm losing control. I want to scream. I can't accept that with my disease this could go one for years: pain, nausea, no hair. Yeah, I really want to scream (or hit something).
Dear cancer, I hate you! You turned my life upside down! You made me sick I lost all of my hair that made my dad cry!! I hate you for that! I'm tired all the time now!I have trouble with my knees and ankles,I have a bad memory and my eyesight really sucks now!! Most of I hate that you touched my kids and husband lives!! They worry everyday praying you don't come back! Do me a favor and go to HELL AND DON'T COME BACK!!!
Dear Cancer, you came into my life on May 16, 2013 when my sister/best friend got AML. She fought for a year and 1 month when you took her on June 16, 2014. The pain and suffering you have caused my beautiful sister and I will never be forgotten. You took one of the most important people in my life away and I am never going to recover, she will never hold my hand, she will never walk at my side with her IV pole, she will never hug me, give me kisses and never tell me how much she loves me. You have destroyed my life and for this I will spend the rest of my existence trying to help others fight back the way I helped my sister.
Dear Cancer. You have been a pain since diagnosed. You made me sick 4 month before found, and now almost 2 years out the surgeries have caused scar tissue that makes it hard to do my job. You took one thing I truly miss is my memory. I use to be able to tell a tree by seeing it now I cant. You have cause depression that I am looking for help for, and you took my smile. NO more. I am going to find the old me. He was a great guy.
Dear Cancer, you have taken a lot from me. I have plenty of scars, I broke a leg that I now need to strengthen to it's original state. But NO MORE!! I am sick and tired of you intruding on my life. I'm beating you. You're dying and you know it!! -With much sincerity, Laura
Dear Cancer, 2 years ago you came into my life after being misdiagnosed for so many years. March 2014 you took my amazing Grandfather away from me and my family. I hate you so much. I cannot stand suffering. Everyday, I fight for my life because of you. I'm telling you right now YOU WILL NOT WIN.. EVER!!!!
Dear Cancer, I HATE YOU you changed my life forever physically emotionally, mentally and I hate you. You came into my life and destroyed it. But I fought you and won, and I am continuing to find myself and regain my self after you whipped through like a tornado. I will never let you win even though you have forever changed my whole life I will always fight you.