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Why I Stopped Talking

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Martina Reaves] I was minding my own business when a little chancre sore popped up on my tongue. Nothing unusual for me, really. But then it didn’t go away. When I saw my doctor for another reason, I pointed it out to her. “Have your dentist  Read More

Lessons from a 10-Year Breast Cancer Survivor to Those Newly Diagnosed

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Melanie Young] You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, and you are numb and scared. Your world just turned upside-down. Let me help you set it right. I am 10-year breast cancer survivor, diagnosed August 6, 2009. I was in your shoes, shocked, freaked,   Read More

Long Time Cancer Survivor on the Power of Finding Her Cancer Tribe

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Erin Cummings] I have been a cancer survivor for most of my life. I am 62 years old. Diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1972, when I was just fifteen years old, my chances of making it to "sweet sixteen" were not very good. I had two recurrence  Read More

A Brain Cancer Survivor Discovers the Power of Writing

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Matthew Newman] I have never written a blog before. I never saw any need to. Who would care what I had to say? Why would anyone care what I thought? It’s amazing how the darkest of times can teach some of the greatest lessons in life and shine a light   Read More

What Breast Cancer Taught Me about Business

Thursday, March 12, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Diane M. Simard] Recently, I put a checkmark next to a bullet point I wish I didn’t have on my bucket list. I became a five-year breast cancer survivor. Ever since the day I was diagnosed, I have been determined to live like never before, which in  Read More

Battling the High “C”s!

Monday, March 09, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Carol Ann Manzi] There I was on stage, singing for thousands. I had little confidence in myself or belief in my abilities. I was pursuing a career in opera, which required discipline not unlike training for the Olympics. Although my ego needed to be the size   Read More

Laughing Away Cancer

Monday, March 02, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Mack Dryden] I’m a professional comedian and a two-time cancer survivor, and I make people laugh about my cancer journey until their faces hurt. That might sound counter-intuitive, but I do my best to convince people that it’s not only okay, but  Read More

7-Time Olympic Medalist and Ovarian Cancer Survivor Shannon Miller Shares an Important Reminder to Celebrate the Things We Can Do

Thursday, February 20, 2020
[NCSD guest blog post by Shannon Miller] I’m often asked if I still do gymnastics. Well, yes and no. I do love a handstand! I do cartwheels to make my kids laugh. But I love the feeling of being upside down, of doing what I loved for so long. I&rsquo  Read More

How to Bring the National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration to Your City

Monday, February 10, 2020
National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, unforgettable Celebration of Life for anyone who has been touched by cancer. Now in its 33rd year, NCSD is one of the largest cancer survivor events in the world. Held annually on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day® i  Read More

A Cancer Survivor Learns to Play the Whole Game

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
[NCSD guest blog post by Melanie Nix] One of the most important lessons I learned from my cancer journey is to play the whole game. I love the competition of sports and I especially love the comeback stories; learning about or following players who suffer a seeming career-ending injury to n  Read More