Writing Prompts

About you

  • What name do you prefer on the website
  • Tell a bit about yourself
  • Tell a defining story or moment in your life
  • Starting out

  • How was your cancer discovered?
  • What tests and studies did you require and were they explained well to you well enough?
  • Did you have any delays in starting care, how did you deal with them?
  • Impact

  • What were your first thoughts?
  • What were the first things you did?
  • Did you tell people right away or wait (and if you waited why?)
  • How did you initially deal with your emotions?
  • How did you deal with the emotions of friends?
  • What mental approach has been most predominant for you through the early stages? Has it been helpful?
  • What would you want to tell someone who just got the diagnosis?
  • Managing Information

  • What do you know now that would have helped you then?
  • What sources for information were good and what sources for information were not helpful?
  • What was the single best advice you got and what was the worst advice you got?
  • Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?
  • If there are any other writing prompts that you feel would be beneficial for others please leave a comment below.

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