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Cancer Chronicles

Stories of suffering and surviving, and from some of us left to simply cope.

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All Hail Yo-Yo, 4-Year-Old Mayor of the Cancer Ward Clowns

My mission as a hospital clown was bringing laughter to life’s darkest moments. One little kid in chemo taught me what the job was really all about.

What I Learned About Life at a Company That Deals in Dead Bodies

My thankless, bizarre job made me feel like I’d be more valued if I just died at my desk and gifted them my corpse.

The King of Adventure Stares Down Death

A rodeo cowboy, skydiver, firefighter, ultramarathoner and motorcycle racer, Coach Stroud is a 71-year-old badass. And he’s determined to die on his own terms.

After Years of Tumors, Growing a Baby Instead

Doctors said I probably wouldn't live to see my child grow up, but I still wanted to be a mom.

My Childhood in the California Sun Gave Me Skin Cancer…and It Was Worth It

I wouldn’t trade those carefree beach days for anything.

How a Chinese Farmer’s YouTube Videos Help My Mom Through Cancer

Chemo left her exhausted and depressed, but Mom found comfort in an obscure vlogger who reminds her of home.

How Dad Lost His Voice — And Finally Learned to Listen

We never realized how much dad’s booming bravado controlled our family dynamic, until it was gone.

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I’m Not The Perfect Cancer Survivor. But I’ve Learned to Live With That.

Things My Dying Sister Taught Me: Live Freely. Love Openly. And Never Wear Beige.

For years, I kept everything from my love life to my wardrobe safe. My sister’s bravery in the face of cancer convinced me to embrace color—and finally be my true self.