Survivor Stories

Coping with Cancer – Making a Difference in a Cancer Patient’s Life

I remember growing up with cancer had it's difficult times, (no kidding right?) I missed field trips, vacations, swimming in public pools, playing with other kids, etc. - But looking back; I had some of the greatest people ever really help make life a lot better. These people made an effort to cheer me up, give me a better quality of life and in the end overcome cancer! They made my battle, their battle! I fought cancer from 5 till [...]

A Marine Fighting the Battle of a Lifetime: A Survivor’s Story

The other day while going about my usual online duties, checking stats, writing blogs, reading emails, I received an email from a man diagnosed with brain cancer, Scott. It came in on the 2survive Facebook Fan page. Scott was looking to connect with anyone that might be going through treatment for brain cancer. Not only had Scott been diagnosed with brain cancer, but at the doctor's office, the day he was diagnosed, his fiancée decided this was a battle she [...]

Ryan’s Keynote Speech from the “Hear the Heart” Tour of Summer 2010

In summer of 2010, I was fortunate enough to embark on my "Hear the Heart" tour, which was sponsored by HopeLab; makers of the game Re-Mission which is a video game for young people with cancer. (Did I mention it rocks?) This tour was one of the most memorable times of my life. I was a broke musician for one - but I was also touring hospitals, clinics, children's camps and you name it, performing for survivors and those affected [...]

“Survivors Survive” – Being Played Around the World and Reaching Others

The story of "Survivors Survive" is a crazy one if you have read any of my other blogs about the song and how it came to be. I won't go into all of the details; however, I would like to talk about how this song has touched thousands and sent out a message that continues to "deliver". In 2011, shortly after recording this song, I wanted desperately to do a video, but at the time couldn't pay for the type [...]

“Survivors Survive” THE Survivor’s Anthem – by Ryan Hamner

I've received several emails from people requesting the lyrics to my song, "Survivors Survive". So, here is the video AND the lyrics. Thank you so much for watching and listening! Be well! Ryan Survivors Survive by 4-time survivor Ryan Hamner Not a day goes by That you don't think of the time They told you all was okay Go live your life now you're fine [Pre chorus] It will be all right How does it feel to survive? [Chorus] All around the world Stand up and join hands Shine your lights to the [...]

Treatment Finished? 4 Important Issues You Should be Aware of!

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); As a patient, the unknowns of cancer treatment can be scary and leave a person with many questions. However, education on the effects of cancer treatment, both short-term and long-term, can help both prepare and put a person’s mind at ease. In this blog I want to focus on a few common issues and concerns associated with the long-term side effects of cancer treatment. Fertility Issues Certain types of chemotherapy and radiation are known for damaging the reproductive [...]

A Little About Ryan Hamner, 2survive, Hope and You!

// First, I have to say thank you if you are reading this, and thank you to all of the Facebook fans and supporters of 2survive. The Story of Me – In Short! 2survive has been a long time coming and years in the making. For those that don’t know about me, my name is Ryan Hamner, and I am a 4-time survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I’m also a singer-songwriter and founder of 2survive. I’ve battled cancer since the age [...]

Bittersweet: A Kid Who Beat Cancer 4 Times, His Friend and His Song

My life as a child was probably a bit different than others—And that's not a "poor little me story". In all honesty, rarely did I ever even feel sorry for myself. Partially because my dad, the voice of reason and reality, was always there to remind me that other people had it worse. He'd say, "Ryan, the man with no shoes thought he had it bad until he met the man with no feet!" Also, heck, I'd been sick [...]

“Gifts from the Train Station” – The Incredible Story of an Incredible Survivor!

It started with just a little tweet; that was my way of meeting Rob Meadows. Rob’s life has been anything but average. Rob, who is well-traveled, a PHD, has faced much adversity in his life and is a phenomenal survivor on so many levels. Rob lost his brother shortly after graduating from college and soon after that lost his father unexpectedly. Later, Rob went on to be diagnosed with acute AML and was given 2 months to live. Shortly after his [...]

Stephanie Samolovitch: Cancer Survivor & Advocate

// Stephanie Samolovitch is someone I met recently. She contacted me after she read an article I wrote for Coping Magazine to discuss a possible fundraiser. On the phone, Stephanie shared her story of surviving cancer. After speaking with her for just a few short minutes, I instantly knew that she was a fighter and that she was not a person to let a disease hold her back. She was also not one to fall into the trap [...]