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We hope that what you find here will bring you closer to finding Health, Hope, and Happiness.

July 23, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Do you watch "Chasing Life" on ABC Family? We asked four cancer survivors to weigh in on Season 1 Episode 7, "Unplanned Parenthood." Read more.

The seventh episode of "Chasing Life" highlighted some serious concerns in the life of a young adult cancer patient: fertility, the cost of treatment and having to put your career on hold.

April assumed that her insurance would cover the cost of freezing her eggs, which left her feeling blindsided when the doctor told her otherwise. All of the sudden she was scrambling to find enough money in time, causing her to put treatment on hold for an additional ten days. As many AML fighters, survivors and supporters know, waiting any longer could have serious consequences.

On top of this, she still hasn't shared her diagnosis with her boyfriend. With the news that he may be...
July 18, 2014 | by Mama_Emma
emotional support Does your child have cancer? In this guest blog post, the mother of a 3 year-old Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor talks about her experience of befriending other cancer families and the importance of those friendships.

As I sit at the funeral of a four year-old brain tumor patient, the saying "It's better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved at all" is rolling around in my head. I question my decision to get close to fellow cancer families. Why do I do this to myself? Here I sit at yet another kid's funeral and my heart is ripped apart. I FEEL this Cancer Mama's pain...and it's not even my child.

Why do I put my heart out there? Why do I become friends with these kids that I KNOW have a really good possibility of dying?! I can hardly deal with my own child’s illness and possible...
July 16, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Have you tuned into the new ABC Series, "Chasing Life"? We asked cancer survivors to weigh in on the way the main character has navigated the cancer journey so far.

In the sixth episode of “Chasing Life”, April starts to confess some of her fears – including losing her hair, her appetite and her energy– but still doesn’t seem to be taking much action. She has yet to start treatment and after weeks of watching this, the viewer’s frustrations at her disregard for her health continues to grow. She also hasn’t told her boyfriend about her diagnosis, likely out of fear on how he will take the news. Although she has not told Dominic, she has continued to open up to Leo. Their relationship grew even more this week, which resulted in a kiss that was unfortunately soon followed by news that he is terminal.

This episode also...
July 11, 2014 | by lutintoutnu
cancer free? For many survivors, the effects of cancer don't end when treatment does. In this guest blog post, Adele shares what she has experienced since treatment has ended, and how she copes with her new fears and questions.

I am coming up on my one year anniversary of being cancer-free. Reason to CELEBRATE? You bet your A$$ it is. And I will celebrate. Trust me, I will. But...

"But what? There is no 'but'"...says someone who has thankfully never had cancer. And they are right in a way, but sadly oh-so-wrong in another way.

The "but" for me is what happens to you —your mind, your heart, your fears, your dreams— once the cancer is gone. It's what you go through when the "doom and gloom" days of doctor appointments are long gone. Once you're done with tests, blood work, biopsies, consultations, scans...
July 9, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Have you tuned into the new ABC Series, "Chasing Life"? We asked cancer survivors to weigh in on the way the main character has navigated the cancer journey so far.

The fifth episode of "Chasing Life" really hits home for anyone that has ever had to reveal their cancer diagnosis to friends and family. Reactions to dealing with this can range from we're all in it together to someone wanting to take complete control. This exact situation, which April has been avoiding ever since she was diagnosed, can no longer be ignored. She finally breaks the news to her family about her cancer and although there are tears, they do not last long. April's mom wants to immediately take control of the situation and this overwhelms April. Not ready to face the full reality of her situation April leaves the house in tears. She ends up at her boyfriend'...
July 7, 2014 | by JoshuaDiMezza
When Joshua was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he didn't know how it would affect his ability to continue working out. With determined mindset, Joshua was able to develop a regiment that kept him active and in shape while going through chemo.

When you have cancer, it's easy to make excuses as to why you shouldn't stay active. You may feel like you're too weak to get out of bed, let alone do any type of exercise. Or maybe you're afraid that exercising could hurt you in some way. I get that - when I was going through treatment for testicular cancer, there were days I barely had enough energy to get out of bed. But one day I decided that I wasn't going to let cancer stop me. It could slow me, but it could not stop me. However, I recognized that as much as I wanted to, I couldn't stick to my old, pre-cancer routine. I had to make...
July 4, 2014 | by grover2014
No one should have to worry about finances when they are faced with a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, millions of people do. That's why Graham is part of a new initiative to increase access to affordable medicine. Read more.

My dad died on November 9th 2011, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. As he battled this hideous disease I never once thought about whether he could afford the medicine he needed. As the doctor prescribed patches to manage his pain, the issue of cost didn't enter my head. The only time we talked about money was just before he died. It was a handover discussion so I could care for mum. In my personal grief, I only had to deal with the injustice of death and my sense of loss.

But I know that my experience is rare. The World Health Organization estimates that 100 million people each year are...
July 2, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Have you tuned into the new ABC Series, "Chasing Life"? We asked cancer survivors to weigh in on the way the main character has navigated the cancer journey so far. Read more.

In the fourth episode of Chasing Life, April continues to struggle with accepting her diagnosis and the severity of her symptoms. For the past few episodes, she has refused to acknowledge her symptoms, which goes against the norm of many young adult cancer survivors who are anxious for their doctors to take them seriously. This week, she finally admitted to herself that she is not OK when a quick nap turned into a deep sleep that left her waking up on a train that she was supposed to get off of hours earlier.

Not only does she start to take action to treat her cancer in this episode, but she also opens up to her sister about what she’s going...
July 1, 2014 | by Mallory
emotional support Did you receive the emotional support you needed during your cancer journey? In this guest blog post, Mallory shares her experiences and how she hopes support will improve for future cancer patients.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I met with numerous specialists, nurses, oncologists and doctors. Along the way I was told plenty of information — what my treatment would look like, what side effects I could expect, what the likelihood of survival was for my type of cancer, that I had the best kind of cancer (I really hate that saying…but that is another topic entirely!). I even asked specifically what would happen if I chose to do nothing. All these different specialists had suggestions for treatment, but not a single suggestion to look into counseling. My options for support were already limited because...
June 27, 2014 | by Pichardoa
When you are young and have your whole life ahead of you, the last thing that you think is going to happen to you is Cancer. This is a story of a young woman who has had to deal with infertility and menopause after Cancer treatments, like so many other survivors.

I am 23 years old and I am going through menopause.

Hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritability and crying for no reason. These are just some of the symptoms I have to deal with. The average age for menopause is 51, but for me and many others in my situation, we have to subtract about 28 years.

When I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at 22, everything happened so quickly. In a matter of 4 months, I had 3 rounds of extensive chemotherapy, 2 rounds of radiation, and 1 grueling bone marrow transplant. I have to take...