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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.

Shelli’s Story (Stage 3B Colon Cancer)


On May 22, 2015, I went in for a routine colonoscopy. They found what they suspected was cancer. After further tests, consultations, etc, I had surgery several days later. They removed about 10 inches of my colon and a bunch of lymph nodes. On June 2, 2015, it was confirmed …

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Debbie’s Story (Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma)


Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma (ESS) is very rare; affecting 2-6 women of one million. June 3, 2019, was the day of my diagnosis after being hospitalized for hemorrhaging with no previous symptoms. I had surgery the next day, and that July I began chemotherapy. I completed chemotherapy on October 30, 2019. …

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Shannon’s Story (Breast Cancer)


In 2015, a lump became a lesion. Scans showed breast cancer in both breasts. I had 4 surgeries and a bilateral mastectomy; no reconstruction. It was followed by 3 rounds of Taxotere chemotherapy and 55 radiation treatments. Sonny, my dog, and I rescued each other to help me through chemotherapy. …

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Teresa’s Story (Epilepsy)


I had my first seizure when I was home from college for my father’s funeral. My mom was out, and I went to hop in the shower…and that’s the last thing I remember. I woke up eight weeks later in a burn unit! I was 27, in prime vanity years. …

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Delana’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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I am a 2 year survivor. My mother and her sister also had cancer. My father was in the a nursing home while I was battling my cancer, and he had to have his leg amputated. I went through radiation during the hardest time of my life. He passed away …

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Savannah’s Story (Depression)

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When I was 15 years old, I was sexually molested by a man everyone knew. We all thought he was a really good guy that just wanted to spend time with us, like everyone else did; but then we saw him doing weird things to us. Things got bad and …

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Deborah’s Story (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)

For months I fought fatigue, no appetite and rashes. I begged my doctor to take me seriously. I started to develop lumps on my neck and face. This prompted me to go to the emergency room on New Year’s Day. After several tests and a biopsy, I was diagnosed with …

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Samantha’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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I first found my lump in November of 2008. Once I noticed it, I made an appointment to get it checked out. During this visit I was told that I was too young and didn’t have any family history, so this wasn’t cancer and I shouldn’t worry. The following February, …

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Kimberly’s Story (Multiple Sclerosis)


I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the day before Thanksgiving in 2007. I’m pretty sure I’ve had this disease years before that. The first signs were small, like sleepiness to pain in the back of my head and progressed from there. I have to fight everyday to get up and …

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Rachael’s Story (Osteogenesis Imperfecta)


My story continues every day. I wasn’t taking care of my health when Osteogenesis Imperfecta and complications from it (asthma, heart issues, scoliosis) got worse. In 2015, I took control of my life; I lost 50 pounds, 12 inches off my waist, and reduced my body fat by 25 percent! …

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