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October 7, 2015 | by TeamIHadCancer
During and after the experience of having cancer, many people feel the desire to get a tattoo, but may not know exactly what type of design to get. For inspiration, we've compiled 10 photos of tattoos from real cancer survivors and fighters.

When we recently posted a blog post titled " Two Ugly Cancers and Three Beautiful Tattoos Later..." we were blown away by the response. Hundreds of IHC members commented on the post on facebook, sharing photos of their cancer-related tattoos. We compiled just a few of those images to share with anyone who is interested in faigetting a tattoo to represent their cancer battle.

Whether you want to cover up a port scar or want a daily reminder of what you've...
October 2, 2015 | by AnaOno
For breast cancer survivors who undergo a mastectomy, their "new normal" includes struggling with getting dressed every day. Read how one woman took control of her life and wardrobe after cancer.

There is a phrase that often gets tossed around when people talk about life post-cancer: "The New Normal." And while I'll admit I am not the biggest fan of that phrase, it is the best way to describe the void I entered when my doctor released me from care and encouraged me to run with gaiety through the fields of "all clear. Because despite the good news of being "finished" with cancer, and despite being given permission to press play on my life, the mark of breast cancer was still very much with me. Though I may have escaped its grip, my body was forever altered.

I had charged my way through a bilateral mastectomy, the...
September 28, 2015 | by chef-ryan-callahan
Treatment can leave patients facing difficulties with producing saliva, swallowing foods, or a dramatic change in taste. Despite these difficulties, Chef Ryan Callahan provides simple solutions for putting together meals for cancer patients.

Someone recently asked me to come up with cooking ideas to help their husband, with head and neck cancer, eat meals. He has had radiation, chemo, and all of his teeth removed. Between swallowing issues, no teeth, altered taste, and no saliva, cooking for him seems like an overwhelming task but the great news is we can fix this! What I would recommend are the following: soups, smoothies, and a special category that I don't really touch on in my book but will teach you here very quickly. It is called a Puree.

A puree is exactly what it sounds like. It is a fully cooked dish...
September 24, 2015 | by gladtobealive34
Heather felt secure with herself and her career path, until a cancer diagnosis was thrown into her life. After beating cancer, a shift in perspective changed the goals she once set for herself and her career, and affected her ability to secure a job.

When it came to my career, I had it all figured out- or so I thought. I was driven and dedicated. It was hard to find an employee as pushed as I was. At the age of 20 I knew that a career in social work would be my life's work, and so it was. I finished my Bachelors in Social Science then Masters in Social Work.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, I had already been in the field for twelve years. I climbed the ladder and went from working with grassroots organizations to working for the government. My professional goals were carefully planned out and detailed. They...
September 21, 2015 | by michlyko
At an early age Michelle lost her father to cancer. It wasn't until she faced a cancer diagnosis herself, years later, that she had the opportunity to properly reflect on her and her father's lives.

When I was 5 years old, my father was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. The earliest recollection of my father being sick that I have was visiting him in hospital. I remember that visit because I buried my head in his overnight bag so that I didn't have to watch the nurse change his drip. He thought it was extremely funny...although my fear of needles lasted for the next 27 years!

I remember sitting on his knee and looking him right in the eyes.

"Dad", I asked, "Are you going to die?" Of course, he lied. How do you tell a 6 year old the truth without breaking her little heart? "No Princess, I'm not going to...
September 16, 2015 | by bellajenna
Did you get a tattoo to commemorate your cancer experience? As soon as Jennifer began her collection, she felt empowered. It didn't matter that they were hidden by clothes, what mattered was that she knew they were there. Her tattoos are the reminder of how far she's come.

My story begins in May 2007, smack in the middle of my life. I was a thirty-eight year old mom of two young boys. I worked for an internationally known fashion company. I had a husband, an SUV, a big dog, and a home not too far from the beach. I had a family, friends, and obligations. I had plenty of joy, pain, laughter, and frustrations in every area of my life, as do most married working mothers. My life was complex. My cups were full. Then I found a lump in my right breast. Shortly thereafter came the diagnosis that would forever change my life: >Breast cancer...
September 10, 2015 | by BBryce35
Brooke expected her thirties to be a time of happiness and growth for her young family. Instead, after losing her husband to cancer in April, she is facing the world as a young widow and struggling with how to be enough for her two boys.

“...And they lived happily ever after.” Except my husband and I didn't. Our life has been left broken and in shambles by a cancer aggressive enough to take down my strong, smart, funny, 38-year old husband; the loving father of two boys who will only remember him through stories, photographs, and, if they are lucky, pieces of their memory.

I am a 35 year old widow.

I am a rare breed. In fact, the percentage of widows under the age of 60 is in the single digits. Most of the resources I have found online (in the middle of the night, when I can't sleep) are geared...
September 4, 2015 | by TeamIHadCancer
At 90-years-old, former President Jimmy Carter has been diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. Despite undergoing an aggressive mix of treatments, he has taken the time to open up about his physical and mental wellbeing. He has given us all a few key lessons from the way he has chosen to face his diagnosis.

Former President Jimmy Carter has recently opened up about his diagnosis of melanoma that has metastasized to his brain and liver. The 39th president has kept high spirits, despite the grim prognosis of Stage IV melanoma. It is rare that an older cancer patient’s fight with cancer receives as much public attention as Carter’s has, but he was a president after all. Perhaps it will help shed some light to that topic itself. We took this as an opportunity to examine the way in which the former president is handling his diagnosis...
September 2, 2015 | by chachel89
You cannot choose to be diagnosed with cancer, but you can choose how it becomes a part of your life. In this blog post, Rachel, a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, shares how and why she chose to turn her whole life into a celebration.

After being diagnosed with cancer, some people have a hard time finding the strength to participate in celebrations: birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc. We know how quickly a celebration can be taken away.

I remember celebrating a much needed vacation during summer 2014. I was in California enjoying the sun with my best friend when our celebrations were so quickly interrupted by a phone call that would change everything about my life. This is the exact moment that I found out I had been diagnosed with cancer. Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma to be exact- or Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, when...
August 31, 2015 | by DrZembroski
We can all agree: stress is a part of life. According to Dr. Zembroski, a physician, board-certified chiropractic neurologist, specialist in functional medicine, clinical nutritionist and cancer survivor, it's essential for us to understand what it is and how it effects the body in order to start dealing with it more productively.

When dealing with cancer, most people immediately change their diets, begin taking supplements, try to eliminate environmental toxins, and begin exercising to rebuild themselves during their cancer care. While nutrition is the most important component during and after your cancer care, you also need to get your stress under control and find a way to eliminate or change the stressors that create your stress. Currently, the scientific community is showing that stress and the stress reaction are a...