Finding My Cancer Style … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times June 2012 One year ago, almost to the day, I asked my hairdresser to cut off 16 inches of my hair. It was a pre-emptive strike. A few days later I would be admitted to the oncology unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan to undergo […]

Taylor M … An Osteosarcoma Teen Survivor

Source: LiveStrong My name is Taylor Matthews. I’m an osteosarcoma survivor. I became a cancer survivor when I was diagnosed on May 29, 2003. I went to the doctor for a regular X-ray because they thought I had asthma. They told my mom that there was something wrong in my lungs. I had […]

Changed by Cancer … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times April, 2014 On Monday evening, I stood on a stage in front of a thousand people and talked about what I’ve learned since my diagnosis with cancer two years ago at the age of 22. I was speaking at the Angel Ball, the yearly red-carpet event […]

Getting Away … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times May, 2013 Like a lot of other cancer patients lying in hospital beds or in chemotherapy suites, I have spent a fair amount of time fantasizing about jetting off to a tropical island. A certain part of me knew that the fantasy was really about escaping […]

Brotherly Love … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times There are a lot of things about having cancer in your 20s that feel absurd. One of those instances was when I found myself calling my brother Adam on Skype while he was studying abroad in Argentina to tell him that I had just been diagnosed […]

After Surviving Cancer, A Focus on True Manhood by Dana Jennings

  The New York Times February 15, 2010 I’ve trudged through Stage 3 prostate cancer and its treatment in good shape. Nearly two years after learning I had cancer, I’m an active 52-year-old, I exercise regularly, my blood tests are where they need to be and my oncologist wants to […]

After Cancer, Everyday Miracles by Dana Jennings

  The New York Times April 6, 2010 It has been two years since I learned that I had prostate cancer, and a bit more than a year since I had any treatment for what I eventually learned was an aggressive Stage 3 cancer. Being from the sticks of New […]

The Friendship of Cancer by Dana Jennings

  The New York Times, May 11, 2010 Two years after I found out that I had an aggressive Stage 3 prostate cancer, I’ve learned that, more than anything, cancer is about stories and friendships. That was made clear to me again last month when I went back home to […]