Essays

Online exclusive, firsthand stories from supporters, warriors and thrivers everywhere about the cancer journey.

#FighterFriday: Tracee Cole

Breast cancer thriver Tracee Cole shares her experience of being diagnosed with stage II triple-positive breast cancer a mere month before COVID-19 shut the world down.

The Warrior: Erika Hlavacek

Erika Hlavacek is issue 12’s warrior.

Learning to Live

Rhonda Meckstroth knows all too well how important it is to receive a second opinion—it saved her husband Jeff during his unexpected lung cancer diagnosis in their small rural Ohio community. Now they’re fighting for other families to have the same second shot at life.

#FighterFriday: Alexis Mencos

Alexis Mencos had all the symptoms of pregnancy—then it turned out to actually be ovarian cancer. Freshly 21 and in the middle of getting her degree, Mencos was determined that her diagnosis wouldn’t be a full-stop in her life, but a pause.

Mind Over Matter

Breast cancer warrior Stephanie Yuskis found out she had two major health issues in the span of one week, and discovered strength through her son.

#FighterFriday: Juliet Aguwa

Juliet Aguwa details her cancer experience as an African woman and how she is bringing awareness to underserved communities, all while finding beauty again.

#FighterFriday: Emma Divine

Experiencing a malignant melanoma diagnosis taught Emma Divine how to rise from the ashes—and the importance of checking your skin.

#FighterFriday: Steve Neruda

Through his battle with cancer, Steve Neruda discovered the power of plasma.

A Survivor’s Way

As a breast cancer survivor, Amy Wu knew how to live with the uncertainty of the COVID lockdown by finding new ways to adapt and to advocate for others.

A Survivor Forever

Carla Walker wasn’t surprised when she received a breast cancer diagnosis—three of her sisters had also had the disease. But then her twin daughters were diagnosed too, situating Carla to set an example in survivorship.