Cancer Student

Ovarian Cancer Student- Samantha

Ovarian Cancer Student- Samantha

"When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it came out that I had an aunt (my dad's sister) who died of ovarian cancer, but they kept calling it "stomach cancer". If you have anyone in your family who talks about "stomach cancer", you may want to ask more questions, because it could really be a gynecological cancer that they are covering up.

Also, my uncle died of lung cancer, which really ended up being lymphoma that went into his lymph nodes. When it comes to family history, depending on your family's culture, there can be "taboo" issues. It’s so important to get past those taboo topics to get the information that you need for your health."

Fallopian Tube Cancer Student- Tasia

Fallopian Tube Cancer Student- Tasia

“At the end of the day, you know your body more than anyone, if something doesn’t feel quite right, question it, demand more tests. I didn’t. I took everything they said and accepted it ("You’re ok, its just pains form your period, its the cysts they come and go, its cant be more than that you’re too young, its your diet- change your diet, here some painkillers you should be fine within a couple of days") If something doesn’t feel right, over and over, don't just numb with with painkillers or other meds, get checked out, get a second opinion.”

Tenured Breast Cancer Student- Lianne

Tenured Breast Cancer Student- Lianne

"I try to create awareness for my stage 4 diagnosis that it’s chronic. I am not going anywhere the coming years, that’s what I hope and feel... And for me to stay here even longer, I need people to donate for more research to find a cure. I wish people understood that currently there is no cure. I believe in miracles, and I always say out loud for the universe to hear it; There will be a cure for me. I will celebrate my 50th birthday!"

Ovarian Cancer Student- Natalie

Ovarian Cancer Student- Natalie

"I wish there was a voice for women with Ovarian Cancer. Every foundation we have contacted tells us that they do not support Ovarian Cancer, only Breast Cancer. Do they know that Ovarian Cancer kills 80% of women!? There needs to be more awareness so if my little story can help, I want to help!"

Thyroid Cancer Student- Rebecca Hetherington

Thyroid Cancer Student- Rebecca Hetherington

"I honestly think in some ways having cancer makes you appreciate things so much more, especially at a young age. You learn to take nothing for granted and accept what you love and bin what you don't."

Tenured Breast Cancer Student- Chiara D'Agostino

Tenured Breast Cancer Student- Chiara D'Agostino

"I learned that I don’t need mounds on my chest to feel like a woman, that I’m even more resilient than I ever thought I was, and that, at least at this moment in time, I’m leaning towards not being afraid of dying."