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Survivor Guilt

RachelLozanoby Rachel Lozano, Living with Cancer


Survivor Guilt: condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves to have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not…


A couple of close friends, that I met through cancer circumstances, have passed away in the past year, and it reminded me of a topic that I have been asked about fairly often.  People ask me “Do you have ‘survivor guilt’ and how do you deal with it?”


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Identity: Existing to Inspire

MayaStern2by Maya Stern, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member


I was three when I learned how to absorb pain like a bike’s shocks absorb jumps. I was sitting in the phlebotomy lab, clutching my fluffy pink teddy bear. I cringed as the tourniquet pinched my skin. I have always found that part to be more painful than the actual penetration of my skin.




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Balancing Your Life to the Fullest

MayaStern2by Maya Stern, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member


One of the biggest internal struggles that I face on a daily basis is: how do I live my life to its fullest, and maintain my health and energy so that I don’t make myself sick?


Because of the trauma my body has incurred and the medications that suppress my immune system, my energy can be consumed much more quickly from simple tasks. And because there have been many times when the ability to pursue my dreams was taken away from me, I feel like I have to take advantage of every wakeful moment so I can experience as much as I can. Often these things come in direct opposition to each other.


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