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Share Triumph is a website & community that shares YOUR cancer triumphs – some big, some small.

? We celebrate cancer survivors at any stage & of any type. ?

This site is a place to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N Title: When Poetry Is Surgery With a Pen Name: Barbara Bowen Town: San Antonio, Texas Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3, ER+, PR+, Her2+ (“triple positive”) Age at diagnosis: 40 Age now: 42 I am a poet. Because I’m not paid for this, people like to call it a hobby. I hesitate to define it that way—very few poets are paid to write. I would actually consider myself a poet before I’d consider myself a trade-show manager, which is what I do professionally. I’ve been writing poetry since about 8th grade, but I wasn’t much good until later. Initially it was a way to spew emotions onto the page. I was an awkward kid and needed a safe space for expression. Then I had a brilliant teacher in my junior year of high school, Carol Mengden, and she showed me how to take that spew and turn it into craft... More of Barbara's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/445040572848715?__tn__=K-R Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1g8uENQe0MZHdKOmHfUXgAGjAXCAoFd6UJbJJ3gnmIYkJ5eFGmV4aamxk #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! Name: Lauren Lopriore From: Chicago, IL Cancer Type: Breast Cancer, stage 3, diagnosed at age 29 Here is Lauren's story that she submitted. The link to the submission form is at the bottom of this post. "Liv & Let… “Live in the Moment”, “Live for today”, “Let your hair down”, “Let your light shine” are all tough phrases to live by when you are a perfectionist. I’ve always been one to look 10 years down the road to make sure my life plans fall perfectly into place. These phrases took on a whole new meaning 4 years ago when I received a diagnosis that would forever change my life, how I live it, and how I let things happen. In September of 2014, I found a lump under my arm and on my right breast. It took until February of 2015 to be diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer; estrogen, progesterone, and Her-2 positive. I would later find out I was also positive for the BRCA (breast cancer) gene. My treatment regimen moved forward quickly. Before I started I went through IVF (In Vetro Fertilization) to save my eggs before they would be destroyed by chemo. I then went through 6 intense chemotherapy treatments, a 12 month treatment targeting the HER2 positive cells, a double mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, and completed 30 rounds of radiation..." See more of her stories on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/photos/a.323586524994121/434930463859726/?type=3&theater Also see check more of Lauren's journey at Livandlet.com. Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0cRiVTbhWXvNOSMPaCXtyuMS9MU-5fMvbj7s4PaoPWd-IHugoM6fRmgPA #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N Title: Self-Portraits in a Dark & Messy Medium Name: Kathryn Hust Town: Colorado Springs, Colorado Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 2; ER+, PR+, HER2+ (“triple positive”) Age at diagnosis: 36 Age now: 39 The summer before I was diagnosed, I knew change was coming. I had lived in a small town in Northern Michigan for about nine years and had always wrestled with my place there. Uncertain of our plans, my husband and I planned a little sabbatical of traveling with our family as we figured out our next step. Part of preparing for this included dentist and doctor appointments while we were still covered by insurance. My doctor appointment was the last one. That’s when I discovered a lump—and it was clear that we wouldn’t be gallivanting off as we’d thought... More of Kathryn's story on Share Triump's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/photos/a.323586524994121/425180694834703/?type=3&permPage=1 Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1g8uENQe0MZHdKOmHfUXgAGjAXCAoFd6UJbJJ3gnmIYkJ5eFGmV4aamxk #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N Name: Josephine Guzman Town: Phoenix, Arizona Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3; ER-, PR-, HER2- (“triple negative”); BRCA1+ Age at diagnosis: 37 Age now: 40 Here is Josephine’s story that she submitted. The link to the submission form is at the bottom of this post. I was working full-time in the health insurance field, as a prior-authorization representative handling referrals for providers, when I was diagnosed. My three kids were 16, 9, and 4. I was also taking care of my mom, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer herself two months before. This was her second time; her first had been 10 years earlier. It was taking care of her that led me to do a self-exam. I felt the lump and immediately knew. I pinched around it because it was on the upper part of my chest, and I was like, “No, this is totally weird.” I was in so much shock. I went to my mom and sister and said, “Look, this is weird, right?” And right after that I started looking for a new primary-care doctor, because I didn’t have one at that time. Read Josephine's full story at Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://xtw92.app.goo.gl/bK38hUPcB4Fr4DKr9 Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1HaW2IHGxopRkn1JZE6k538rbO3VZzjO3eF33I63eZgYiIjdDxFXqNu0s #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N Title: Making Peace with a Double Mastectomy Name: Kate Zickel Town: Seattle, Washington Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3; ER+, PR+; HER2-; invasive ductal carcinoma plus DCIS Age at diagnosis: 30 Age now: 31 My friends in college used to joke that I was like a moth in a room full of Bunsen burners, flitting from one thing to the next, always happy and excited about the next thing. Since my diagnosis, that has changed. What makes me happiest now are the people in my life, whether it's someone special I meet once who makes an impact or someone who has been holding my hand the whole time. Those connections are what really matter to me. Right before my diagnosis, I told anybody in my family who asked how I was doing that "Life is boring, but in a good way." There wasn't much going on, which was nice because in the years before there had been a lot of moving, a lot of ups and downs and job changes. But the previous couple years had been pretty relaxed. Then one day my husband found a lump the size of a marble near my left nipple. I received my diagnosis on September 21, 2017. The same day, a group of close friends came to our place. We all talked and prayed and discussed what our mentality was going to be like in the times ahead, how I could keep a positive attitude and best take care of myself—which was so great, because it really set the stage for everything that's happened since then. It was also where I established the idea of intense transparency and honesty around my experience. More of Kate's story in Share Triumph's Facebook Page: https://xtw92.app.goo.gl/sk8BFuAB7Z9Zhfw76 Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1g8uENQe0MZHdKOmHfUXgAGjAXCAoFd6UJbJJ3gnmIYkJ5eFGmV4aamxk #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N Title: Two Diagnoses & One Proposal Name: Francesca Elizabeth Dials Town: Lubbock, Texas Diagnosis: Osteosarcoma in nasal cavity; myelodysplastic syndrome Age at diagnosis: 25, then 28 Age now: 30 Before my first diagnosis, in 2014, I had just graduated from Texas Tech, a college here in Lubbock, and I was getting ready to move to Austin, Texas, with my best friend, Erica. I had been offered a management position at Torchy’s Tacos. Lubbock had been my home for 25 years, so this was a big change. Austin is a great city, and I was really looking forward to a new career. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed a couple months after my move, so it was one quick change after another. After I was diagnosed, it was better for me to move back home. The story started with me waking up one morning with an eye that was swollen almost shut... More of Francesca's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://facebook.com/ShareTriumph/photos/a.323586524994121/398083900877716/?type=3&source=54&ref=page_internal Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1g8uENQe0MZHdKOmHfUXgAGjAXCAoFd6UJbJJ3gnmIYkJ5eFGmV4aamxk #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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Share Triumph Story Submission! Name: Dena Taylor From: Seattle, WA Cancer Type: Breast Cancer, Stage 1 Here is Dena's story that she submitted. The link to the submission form is at the bottom of this post. I was a single, 39-year-old freelance copywriter living in Austin, TX, when I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. Underwent a bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction but chemo was unlikely. Until it wasn't. But I got through it--bald and all, exercised on my good days, started picking back up on client work, voiceover work and did a few interviews (all with chemo brain). After treatment, excited but nervous to go out into the world unsupervised by my oncologist, I began to take trips: Belize, Baltic cruise, Alaska, Paris. But none of these were far enough. So about 18 months after I finished treatment, I landed in Tanzania where I spent three weeks helping out in a classroom of 100 students and learning about the country and its culture. I needed to expand my mind and immerse myself in the world that is. Over a decade out, I'm living in Seattle, have a great job working as a copywriter with amazingly talented people, and loving friends and family that I'm eternally grateful for. And after years of writing/editing/rewriting/editing, I've just published a book about my experience, I DON'T WANNA BE PINK: How a single, 39-year-old woman refused to let breast cancer and its fervent culture define her. I guess it took all those years to really sort out how I feel about that time and living with this new box checked on my health history form. I had a lot of help/support along the way and hope that the finished product might help someone coming face-to-face with cancer or any tragedy for that matter, and trying to navigate being a survivor but staying true to themselves. Here's the links to a couple of Dena's pages. www.denataylor.com www.idontwannabepink.com Submit your story here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0jKFKHUm4jjqx5SREifuDALyXt8yB0tb-bBaVFfYEhElI9Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0cRiVTbhWXvNOSMPaCXtyuMS9MU-5fMvbj7s4PaoPWd-IHugoM6fRmgPA #sharetriumph #cancer #survivor #survivorstories #tough #hope #livenow #lovenow #thetimeisnow ...

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About Me

I’m Marquina – a mother, wife, digital marketer, breast cancer survivor, competitive air guitarist, insufferable karaoke singer, and all-around-goofball living in Brooklyn, NY.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, my life stopped. We had been trying for a second child – that dream was dashed. I had recently launched a business – that project was sidelined.

I experienced uncertainty, sadness, anger, and pure fear. That fear caused me to retreat into myself. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis because it was too painful to relive with each retelling. Each time I would muster the courage to discuss what I was going through, I left the interaction feeling depleted and raw. At a certain point, I didn’t want to talk, walk, smile, or leave my bed. I was short-tempered with my husband and son. I felt stalled. Stuck.

Depression loomed like a rain cloud that would not pass …and I sought professional help. I mourned the loss of my old life. How could I escape this cloud of sadness?

I wanted to take my life back. But how could I keep moving when I was paralyzed by fear – a fear that never leaves your side, even after you’re in ‘remission’.

I began to create…

It started small. Drawings, sketches, poems, songs.

These small creative projects brought me one step closer to myself. They were my ‘little triumphs’ over my all-encompassing fear.

I started ‘Share Triumph’ to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

My little triumph may not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. We are all on different paths.

As we share our small triumphs we are both encouraging others as much as we encourage ourselves. Sometimes we need a reminder that we should simply start putting one foot in front of the other.

– Marquina

About Me

I’m Marquina – a mother, wife, digital marketer, breast cancer survivor, competitive air guitarist, insufferable karaoke singer, and all-around-goofball living in Brooklyn, NY.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, my life stopped. We had been trying for a second child – that dream was dashed. I had recently launched a business – that project was sidelined.

I experienced uncertainty, sadness, anger, and pure fear. That fear caused me to retreat into myself. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis because it was too painful to relive with each retelling. Each time I would muster the courage to discuss what I was going through, I left the interaction feeling depleted and raw. At a certain point, I didn’t want to talk, walk, smile, or leave my bed. I was short-tempered with my husband and son. I felt stalled. Stuck.

Depression loomed like a rain cloud that would not pass …and I sought professional help. I mourned the loss of my old life. How could I escape this cloud of sadness?

I wanted to take my life back. But how could I keep moving when I was paralyzed by fear – a fear that never leaves your side, even after you’re in ‘remission’.

I began to create…

It started small. Drawings, sketches, poems, songs.

These small creative projects brought be one step closer to myself. They were my ‘little triumphs’ over my all-encompassing fear.

I started ‘Share Triumph’ to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

My little triumph may not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. We are all on different paths.

As we share our small triumphs we are both encouraging others as much as we encourage ourselves. Sometimes we need a reminder that we should simply start putting one foot in front of the other.

– Marquina

TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer is the ultimate recovery companion for women facing cancer.

Working from interviews with 40 survivors, Iliev-Piselli has created triumphant essays that will lift readers up like a conversation with good friends (if all your friends had survived cancer!).

During life’s most difficult moments, these women found joy in creative pursuits as diverse as they are, including writing, stand up comedy, drawing, air guitar, and many more.

Get ready for honest, inspiring, uplifting, rock-n-rolling, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, chemo-brain-fueled tales about cancer and its aftermath.

The ultimate recovery companion for women facing cancer. This book is for newly-diagnosed women, survivors, and the people who love them.

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