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Fight Like a Girl’s collection of Power Stories are written and shared by real women who have overcome cancer or who are still battling their health adversary every day. The cancer stories found here are a source of empowerment and education, teaching women key signs and symptoms of the many different forms of cancer as well as how to take care of oneself throughout the treatment process. Survivor stories are equally powerful, written by women who now advocate for others still in the fight against a form of cancer or other detrimental illness.

Read the inspirational cancer stories below to find the support you need in your battle, or the final push to share your story with us. Immerse yourself in our community of warriors and join in — we can’t wait to meet and celebrate you.

Maryam’s Story (Lupus)

Hello, my name is Maryam. I am almost 16 years old. It all started when I was 13 years old. The rash was the first sign. It was creepy, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. But it grew bigger, and suddenly it was also on my face. I went to a clinic, …

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Halle’s Story (Lupus, Anemia)

Like many, my story begins with a series of symptoms that could be linked to a handful of average ailments: fatigue, body aches, swelling, and the occasional purple hands and feet. At 12 years old, your first instinct isn’t that you may be suffering from what would become a lifelong …

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Alice’s Story (Lupus)

Hi everyone, I’m Alice, and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed at 13, halfway through my first year at high school. I had gone to the beach for a week prior to diagnosis and thought that my fatigue was due to the swimming and late nights with my …

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Mae’s Story (Lupus)

I go by Mae. I was 11 in middle school. One day, I was doing a backstroke when suddenly the concrete step in the pool cut me. I love swimming and playing tennis, so getting a cut wasn’t a big deal in my thoughts. It was just a cut. I …

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Nafz’s Story (Lupus)

Hello! I’m Nafz, 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 14 years old, in my 2nd year of high school. I was able to see a lot of doctors, but they could not tell me what I had. One day, I was rushed to the hospital, due …

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Keirstyn’s Story (Lupus)

My name is Keirstyn. I’m 18 years old, soon to be 19. I’m in college, have a wonderful job, boyfriend, family, and friends. But I feel I can’t enjoy life like an 18-year-old should. I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus, however my symptoms all point to it. When …

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Rachel’s Story (Lupus)

Where do I start? Well first, I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. My symptoms started when I was about 15 years old, and I am now a 27 year old mother and wife. At 15, my knees would start popping every time I moved. It was uncomfortable but …

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Danielle’s Story (Lupus)

I am in the process of being diagnosed with Lupus. At the age of 18, I awoke one morning with almost complete loss of vision in my left eye. I went from having 20/20 vision to having barely any at all;  this was not a gradual loss, this literally happened over …

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Emily’s Story (Lupus)

My family, my friends, doctors, and even strangers, they have all seen my pain. I questioned the other day how many of them actually know what it’s like to live with Lupus. I thought about it and in all honesty, I don’t expect anyone to know what it’s like, I …

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Kamyiah’s Story (Lupus)

Hey my ladies ! I am Kamyiah Blackmon and I am 15 years old. I found out I had lupus in late November of 2013. I remember (before finding out I had lupus) having inflammation in my joints all the time and they were stiff ALL THE TIME (I remember …

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