Stories of Cancer
Giving Voice to Real Experiences

Tell your story

The contributions that are included here are called ‘stories’ not because they are fiction but because they are simple recountings of people’s true experiences, told as they would be told to a friend. They are also creatively and clearly written to make them as attractive, interesting and accessible as possible to a wide range of potential readers.

Some of the contributions are anonymous, to encourage people to write without concern about judgements from others, and without worries about upsetting their medical teams. These writers have therefore been asked to use pseudonyms for themselves and others or to use anonymous terms such as “the cancer hospital” or “the oncologist” or “the specialist nurse”.

At present the website is made up of stories written by people with cancer but it would be great to include stories from partners, families and support people who are often on their own lonely journey. The focus on the person with the cancer can leave their loved ones even more isolated.

If you would like to contribute, we welcome your stories for inclusion on the site. You can write an overview of your cancer story to be included in this section, as Mitzi has, or a more specific piece for any of the other sections. Stories, poems, prose, short and longer pieces are all welcome. They will be looked at by a small editorial group, who reserve the right to edit or shorten stories – or to suggest ways of making them easier to read.

At present the only story in this section is from Mitzi Blennerhassett who is a published author. She has kindly contributed a series of stories from her book to help get us started. Her story for this section includes an update and commentary on the extract from the book.

If you would like to contribute, contact us in the first instance and I will get back to you. Stories should be:

  • short – as brief as possible, without losing the essence of your story
  • honest – a true reflection of your story
  • an exploration of the emotional and / or spiritual challenges you have faced

It would be particularly good to be able to include stories that:

  • are about the later stages of the cancer journey, including how it feels to be facing death
  • show how the medical teams can add to existing stresses – a plea for more compassion in health care