The Survivors Club


Dallas Wiens lost all his facial features in a 2009 burn accident, now he makes his first appearance as the nation’s first full face transplant survivor. Read More


Thousands of Americans are about to find out what it means to live below the poverty line on just a buck fifty a day for food. Read More


More gay men were diagnosed with cancer than heterosexual men and more lesbians and bisexual women reported negative health after surviving a cancer diagnosis. Read More

New Site Promotes Heart Health for HIV Patients

Because heart disease is a major cause of death for HIV patients, HIV and Your Heart is helping peop…

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“Survivor Kid” Book

A new book written by a search and rescue expert offers children and teens tips on how to survive if…

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Alyson Adam to Raise Money for Myasthenia Gravis Organization

Alyson Adam, a 28-year-old from Walkey, England, is participating in a half-marathon to benefit the …

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Teen Shot Multiple Times Survives

After receiving multiple gunshot wounds, a Massachusetts teen is expected to survive.

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A New Year and Change for the Domestic Violence Community

By: LY Marlow

I spent New Year’s Day racking my brain about a resolution that I will not only stick to, but will bring about real change—for me, my family, my community. But I don’t want to just do something typical, like join a gym, or embark on a pipe dream, or commit myself to frivolity. I want to really give, and give back BIG. I was so inspired on New Year’s Day watching the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network. I sat there thinking, if Oprah can do that, what is it I can NOT do?Read More

A Healing Massage

By: Alexander Smith

I chose to give myself a healthy treat at the end of last week that would also double as a new experience, so I called for a massage appointment at a local wellness studio. Since I have never gotten one before, I didn’t know what they were really like, only what other people have told me. I expected the massage to be relaxing, but I was surprised to discover that it was also a learning experience. Whatever the emotion may be, we hurt ourselves to release a little bit of what we’re feeling. Maybe we even decide that we don’t deserve to be healthy.Read More

Do You See What I See? Domestic Violence During the Holidays

By: LY Marlow

One of the darkest memories that I’m often reminded this time of the year is a story about my aunt and uncle who’d come to my grandmother’s home for a holiday gathering. I remember looking at my aunt wondering if anyone saw what I saw. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the festivities, while I, young and naïve, sat staring at my aunt, wondering, “Do you see what I see?”, it reminded me of the Christmas carol.Read More

Meredith Israel Battles Stage Four Cancer: ‘I Think of Myself as a Warrior’

Meredith Israel, a “cancer warrior” fighting Stage 4 breast cancer, shares her touching story. When she was 25, Meredith Israel found her first lump through a self breast exam. Two biopsies found that both were benign, and so when the lump began to grow a year later, doctors performed a lumpectomy and told Israel she should come back at age 40. It was advice she would not follow.

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Sisters Use Craigslist to Save Dad’s Life

We are three sisters from New York who had one out of box idea — to post an ad on Craigslist for a living donor for our father, after he was diagnosed with kidney disease. We were not compatible to donate to him, so we put the word out there to the universe! I am a nurse, my twin sister works in finance on Wall Street and our other sister is a social worker and Columbia alumni. We had used Craigslist for selling our jewelry, advertising, for jobs and for finding childcare ( I’m a single mom). We figured it had worked for everything else so why not for Dad? For a living donor? After a year and 4 months, much publicity and over 100 responses thereafter, an unknown woman from Monterey, California donated her kidney to our father. Today, they are both doing amazing!

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In tough times, who bounces back and who doesn’t? Who overcomes adversity and who gives up? And perhaps most important: What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don’t? These are the questions that award-winning journalist Ben Sherwood explores in The Survivors Club from Grand Central Publishing.

In search of answers, Ben immersed himself in the world of surviving and thriving.

Survivors are my personal heroes. Read More

I have survived 8 years of working in NYC restaurants. Not an easy feat. Read More

Each one of us has overcome some form of adversity in our lives — we are already survivors. Read More

Don’t give up — you’re a survivor. Read More