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What It’s Like to Live with Cancer

Breakthroughs in cancer research are making it possible for more people to survive cancer. Still, most people don’t understand that the disease can have lasting impacts on a person’s health and well-being.

Survivor Perspectives

“During cancer, I felt very isolated. With COVID-19, I’m getting a lot of those same feelings.”

- Bin, prostate cancer survivor

  • COVID-19
  • Young Adult
  • Patient Perspective

Bin’s journey during COVID-19

Cancer survivor Bin speaks with Sterling K. Brown about how his cancer journey helped him build tools of resiliency to cope with the challenges of being immunocompromised during COVID-19.

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2021-04-12
"Creativity has helped me to refocus on the important things in life.”
- Joe, tongue and thyroid cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

At home with Joe

Joe, a cancer survivor, shares how art motivates him to stay positive during challenging times.

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2020-07-14
“If you think in the way, this too shall pass, then it feels different. You know, if there's a will, there's a way.”
- Donna, living with multiple myeloma
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being
  • COVID-19
  • Physical impact

Donna’s journey during COVID-19

Donna speaks with Sterling K. Brown to shed light on what it’s like to live with multiple myeloma and how she is adapting to her new normal during COVID-19.
2020-05-04

You are not alone: reflections on coronavirus. 

Hear from Amy, an eight-year cancer survivor. 

 

  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being
  • COVID-19

Navigating life during COVID-19

Read about Amy’s perspective on how COVID-19 has brought back the same feelings of isolation and uncertainty she felt during her cancer diagnosis and treatment. 
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2019-08-03
“Physically, I'm cancer-free, but mentally, I'll never be the same.”
- Justin, testicular cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being
  • Young adult

Justin’s perspective

Men’s health advocate and cancer survivor Justin discusses what it’s like to live with testicular cancer and how he has overcome the feelings of depression, isolation and anxiety that began after his treatment.

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2020-10-18
“Having advanced stage lung cancer and trying to live in this pandemic is really hard.”
- AJ, lung cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • COVID-19

At home with AJ during COVID-19

AJ, living with stage 4 lung cancer, shares how COVID-19 has affected his family and their daily lives.

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2020-09-19
"Many cancer survivors feel a little lost. Everybody wants them to go back to normal, but life isn’t the same.”
- Melanie Goldfarb, MD, MSC, associate professor, endocrine surgeon and cancer survivorship advocate
  • Healthcare provider perspective
  • COVID-19

Dr. Goldfarb’s perspective on cancer during COVID-19

Leading endocrine surgeon Dr. Goldfarb speaks with Sterling K. Brown to shed light on the unmet needs of people living with cancer during COVID-19 and how we can help bridge the gap in post-treatment care for cancer survivors.
2020-08-23
“I used to have all these preconceptions about cancer. Now I know that cancer can affect anyone.”
- Brandi, Ewing sarcoma survivor and U.S. Army veteran
  • Patient perspective
  • COVID-19
  • Well-being
  • Young adult

At home with Brandi during COVID-19

Brandi, a cancer survivor and U.S. army veteran, shares the parallels between facing a cancer diagnosis and COVID-19.
2020-06-27
“What the entire world is living now is essentially what every stage 4 cancer survivor lives everyday - worry, uncertainty, change.” 
- Rebecca, two-time ovarian and thyroid cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • COVID-19
  • Well-being

At home with Rebecca

Rebecca, a two-time cancer survivor, strives each day to live in the moment.

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2020-07-13
“Even though we are physically isolated, it doesn’t mean we need to be socially isolated.”
- Marcia, ovarian cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being
  • COVID-19
  • Young adult

Marcia’s journey during COVID-19

Cancer survivor Marcia speaks with Sterling K. Brown to shed light on what it’s like to live with ovarian cancer during COVID-19 and how creating an online community for patients and survivors has played a role in her healing process.
2019-12-02
“All I knew about cancer was death, and I didn’t want to hear it.”
- AJ, lung cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

AJ's perspective

When AJ found out he had stage 4 lung cancer, he thought his life was ending, but it was actually a new beginning. AJ shares what it’s like to live with his condition and how he finds meaning in every moment.

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2020-01-19
“I’ll always be grieving for the life that could have been if it weren’t for cancer.”
- Rebecca, two-time ovarian and thyroid cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Rebecca’s perspective

Two-time cancer survivor Rebecca discusses the importance of a strong support system. Rebecca is currently cancer free, but the possibility of reoccurrence is always with her.

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2019-05-11
“Cancer has played a role in every decision I've made.”
- Jamie, breast cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Young adult
  • Well-being

Jamie’s perspective

Jamie was 14 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Years later, cancer and the fear of reoccurrence still follow Jamie and play a role in every decision she makes.

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2020-06-28
“When I faced cancer, the concept of ‘normal’ really changed for me. And now facing the pandemic, normal has changed once again.”
- Justin, testicular cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • COVID-19
  • Well-being
  • Young adult

At home with Justin during COVID-19

Justin shares how his cancer journey prepared him to adapt to the “new normal” he experienced during COVID-19.
2020-01-18
“In some ways, Rebecca’s cancer has brought us closer together and, in some ways, it has driven us apart.”
- Robert, Rebecca’s partner
  • Caregiver perspective
  • Well-being

Robert's perspective

Caregiver Robert discusses how cancer can impact relationships and his experience caring for his partner and two-time cancer survivor, Rebecca.

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2019-08-04
“In order for me to be healthy, I knew I needed to share my story.”
- Amy, breast cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Amy's perspective

After breast cancer, Amy felt like there was no safe haven in her community to talk about her experience.
2020-11-22
“I try not to fear the future. After surviving two cancers, I’ve learned fear is an unwanted companion in my life.”
- Rebecca, two-time ovarian and thyroid cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • COVID-19
  • Well-being

At home with Rebecca during COVID-19

Rebecca, a two-time cancer survivor, shares COVID-19’s impact and how she’s adjusting to her “new normal.”

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2019-12-01
“There’s no cure for multiple myeloma. I'll be living with cancer for the rest of my life.”
- Donna, living with multiple myeloma
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Donna's perspective

When Donna was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she was given three years to live. Now, despite daily challenges, she manages the disease as a chronic condition.

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2019-05-10
“Where I’m from, there’s still a lot of shame around cancer.”
- Bin, prostate cancer survivor
  • Patient perspective
  • Young adult
  • Well-being

Bin's perspective

Cancer is not often talked about in the African American community, so when Bin found out he had prostate cancer, he knew it was important to share his story.
2021-02-08
AJ: Finding perspective after cancer
  • Patient perspective
  • Caregiver perspective
  • Well-being
  • Physical impact

AJ’s day in the life

For AJ, living with stage 4 lung cancer can be physically painful and mentally challenging, yet his diagnosis changed his outlook on life.
2019-05-09
Episode 1: Overcoming barriers
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Episode 1: Overcoming barriers

Cancer survivors Bin and Jamie speak with Sterling K. Brown to shed light on what it’s like to live with cancer and how they have overcome the physical and emotional barriers the disease presents.
2019-08-02
Episode 2: Healing the mind
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Episode 2: Healing the mind

Cancer survivors Amy and Justin speak with Sterling K. Brown to share how community and emotional support tools helped them overcome feelings of loneliness and anxiety brought on by cancer.
2019-11-30
Episode 3: Against the odds
  • Patient perspective
  • Well-being

Episode 3: Against the odds

Cancer survivors Donna and AJ speak with Sterling K. Brown on how they are making the most of life despite the daily physical and emotional barriers they face.

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2020-01-17
Episode 4: Relationships afterwards
  • Patient perspective
  • Caregiver perspective
  • Well-being

Episode 4: Relationships afterwards

Cancer survivor Rebecca and her caregiver Robert speak with Sterling K. Brown about how cancer can affect relationships and the way people living with the condition interact with others.

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Learn Why Cancer Survivorship is Personal to Sterling

"Today, living with cancer has taken on a different meaning, with new realities, triumphs and challenges."

- Sterling K. Brown, Actor, Two-time Emmy award winner, This Is Us, Black Panther

 

 

Resources

 

Information and support if you or someone you know is living with cancer.

Survivorship Today: What It's Like to Live with Cancer

An initiative by Bristol Myers Squibb, Survivorship Today aims to share stories of people across the country who have been affected by cancer and advance our collective understanding of what it’s like to live with the disease today. We’re working with those featured to call attention to their personal triumphs and challenges, because with greater understanding, we can inspire more action and better support.