Submission Guidelines

This is a site hoping to convince survivors to tell their stories to everyone. As such, one of the most helpful things on this site are your stories. Those come in many forms and shapes, so I have a few guidelines for each. I also threw in some photo guidelines, if you want to show off your new shirt to the world.

Join the CiMB Army With Your Blog!

Many of you out there are tracking your personal stories in your blogs and I’m a big fan of all of you. Everyone needs to be able to see what you’re going through, both to see just how strong you are and to have an idea of what they might be in for. At the very least, it’s a great feeling to know you’re not alone.

So if you have a blog and you’re following your cancer progress, whether that’s during treatment or after you’ve gotten the all-clear, send me the link to your site and I’ll add you on to the “People Making Cancer Their Bitch” list, A.K.A. The CiMB Army. In the email, please give me your blog’s URL, your first name and last initial and the type of cancer you have/had.

Go to the Contact and Submissions form.

Join the CiMB Army With Your Story!

Don’t have a blog and still want people to know your story? You can email your story to me and I’ll put it up in a special section on the site. it’ll be added it to a second “People Making Cancer Their Bitch” list which will hopefully be chock-full of people’s stories at some point.

If you email your story to me, I may do a little editing for grammar/spelling/emphasis reasons, but I won’t mess with the content of the story or the way you tell it. Your story is yours, I’m just the prettifier of it. I’ll also send you a link to your story before it goes live on the site so you can give your approval.

Go to the Contact and Submissions form.

Join the CiMB Army as a Secret Agent!

If you aren’t comfortable sharing your story and just want to say nice things about the site, idea, shirts or us in general (or if you feel the need to criticize any of the above), then you can send me an email too. If you don’t feel comfortable telling the world your story, but you would like me to know it, there’s an address there for you as well. I will respect your privacy and keep it to myself. I may ask, beg or plead to give the world your story, but I won’t do anything with it without your approval. Your story is yours.

Go to the Contact and Submissions form.

Join the CiMB Army with a Photo!

I have two rules for submitting your photos.

1) Naturally, you have to be wearing the “Cancer is My Bitch” shirt, since you can’t speak in a photo and tell people you’ve made it your bitch.

2) I don’t want a photo of someone in their living room. If you’re undergoing treatment right now and you’re confined to your bed or isolated in your house after a transplant or stuck in a hospital, this rule obviously doesn’t apply to you.

But if you can get out of the house, that’s where your photo has to be taken. In the mall. At work. In the middle of your favorite field of daisies. In the marathon. The bicycle race. The sporting event (note: t-shirts aren’t much protection in most sports, so only wear it if you’re a spectator. We’re awesome, but we’re not superpeople, right?). I want to see pictures of people out there enjoying life and being seen! That’s the whole point of this idea – we need to be in public so the public realizes what cancer is and, more importantly, who cancer is.

And if your photo happens to be of you in the infusion room surrounded by dozens of admirers with credit cards and internet access, even better :)

At the moment, I don’t have an easy way set up for you to get the photos to me, but in the meantime, you can send your photo to the email address photos at this domain. Be sure and include your first name and last initial, as well as what cancer you have, where you are in the process, and what’s happening in the picture.

If you have any questions about anything you’ve seen here or have suggestions for the future, then head over to the Contact and Submissions form.