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

August 25, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Sarcoma: A Visual Guide Do you want to learn more about Sarcoma but you don't know where to start? We've worked with Sarcoma Foundation of America to create an infographic that you can share with your loved ones.

There's a lot of information out there.

When you google "cancer", there are more than 3 billion results. Even when narrow your search, you're still left with millions of pages to sort through. That's why we wanted to make it easier for you to find the information you're looking for. With help from The Sarcoma Foundation of America , we have created a visual guide that conveys some of the must-know information, including the types, sign...
August 22, 2014 | by HeidiG
Do you ever wonder who you would be if you never experienced cancer? Read more to find out how Heidi's brain cancer changed her life.

I'm a brain cancer survivor. I was barely out of my 20's when I was first diagnosed with what was first believed to be a benign brain tumor. My oldest daughter was only a year old then. She just turned 25. She's only four years younger than when I was first diagnosed. I'm still here.

Over much of my treatment time, I felt both physically and mentally aged beyond my years. Through my various treatments and surgeries over the years I’ve lost the hearing in one ear, the ability to swallow on one side and certain vision abilities; my tongue is paralyzed on one side (amazingly, the other side works to the point that you mostly can’t tell about the paralyzed side), and l have some memory...
August 20, 2014 | by uzy27
Do you remember the day that you found you had cancer? When Uzma heard those five words, her life changed forever. Read more.

On July 15th, I heard the words that pushed me from a life of carefree existence to a life of spiritual liberation.

"I am sorry, it's cancer."

These five words were uttered from the other side of the line, during a phone call that I had been dreading all weekend. My lymph node biopsy was done on a Friday, leaving me about 60 plus hours to contemplate what life held in store for me.

Normally weekends feel short and are over in the blink of an eye but that weekend lasted a lifetime. I had already "seen" my funeral, my mastectomy, chemotherapy treatments, the sickness - all of it. No movie was entertaining enough that weekend, no...
August 18, 2014 | by rachaelyahne
Life is full of ifs. Big ifs. If I live to be 100. If I never get cancer again. It might be just one big if, in fact. But there's one thing I know for sure...

If I ever have a daughter, I'm going to tell her that when you die, life becomes a symphony.

I'm going to tell her that the little things don’t matter.

That the mean kids in school and all the cruel things they said, those don’t matter because some day you will either forget them or you will prove them wrong. That it won't matter if you were the prettiest or the tallest or the smartest. That it doesn't matter if you had a bad day or a good day, because when you die, your entire life will turn into a song, performed by a symphony in the hearts of all the people that loved you, and it will have been up to you to write...
August 13, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Season 1 of "Chasing Life" on ABC Family has come to an end, and the main character April has just started her treatment. See what these four cancer survivors have to say about Season 1 Episode 10, "Finding Chemo."

The season one finale of Chasing Life starts to depict the reality of what it's like to go through cancer treatment. Your whole life is put on hold for whatever time you may be in and out of the hospital and a lot of the time it is solely dedicated to getting better and fighting the disease - everything else has to wait. April has finally checked into the hospital, where she will be spending the next month. She is not allowed to leave and is confined to hospital meals as well.

The first few days seem to be going well— her family has gathered to support her and Dominic has even returned from his trip abroad to...
August 7, 2014 | by HannahHager
No one shed a tear for me when I was diagnosed with cancer.

I know this is true because my cancer is not attempting to kill me. It's not quietly advancing through my blood and bones. It isn't wreaking havoc on my endocrine system or latching onto my lymph nodes. No, my skin cancer is neatly tucked where it's always been – living on my shoulder like a parrot who repeats backs to me as I look myself in the mirror: "You did this to yourself. You did this to yourself. You did this to yourself."

My sore and I have been living together for the better part of two years. I call it a sore because that's what it looks like – a shallow, superficial scab that won't heal and has become engrained in my physique just as much as my freckles. My sore arrived around the same time I moved to Manhattan. I ignored it for the most...
August 6, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Season 1 of "Chasing Life" on ABC Family is almost over and April is just about ready to start her cancer treatment. See what these two cancer survivors have to say about Season 1 Episode 9, "What To Expect When You're Expecting Chemo."

With just one more episode left in the first season of "Chasing Life", episode 9 is all about those few days right before treatment begins. April is trying to do as much as she can before being hospitalized for a month.

She is also no longer hiding her feelings for Leo, and she checks up on him after being hospitalized. Still expressing her opinions about Leo's potential life-saving surgery, April flat out tells Leo that if he does not have the surgery and try to fight for his life then she wants nothing more to do with him. April and Leo are both connected through their cancer but they...
August 1, 2014 | by Mallory
Many things about my personality and my life have changed since I was diagnosed with cancer. I have met many of these changes with distrust and dislike.

The fatigue that I began to experience during chemo, which continues from time to time into my survivorship, is frustrating and debilitating. It brought my late nights dancing salsa and my early mornings in the lab to a halt. Before cancer, I had always been able to jump from activity to activity, homework assignment to homework assignment, and meeting to meeting with plenty of energy. But all of the sudden I needed to take breaks, establish a defined work-life balance, and make time for sleep and relaxation. Dealing with stress felt almost impossible. It was all hard enough to deal with and plan my life around during chemo but once my treatments were over, all of this fatigue and discomfort...
July 30, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Are you caught up with "Chasing Life" on ABC Family? See what these four cancer survivors have to say about Season 1 Episode 8, "Death Becomes Her."

The eighth episode of "Chasing Life" touches on the complicated issue death – whether your own or the death of a close friend. The show exposes the many ways to dealing with death: accept it, fear it, fight it, or be saddened by it.

Everywhere April turns it seems as though she is dealing with death in some way. Not only is her new friend Jackson from the support group dying, but April is also dreaming about death – both her own and those around her. After April visits Jackson in the hospital, she gets a new appreciation for life. With her treatment starting soon, she wants to go out and live before she is bed ridden for a month.

Having never taken a sick day...
July 29, 2014 | by Mama_Emma
emotional support I talk about cancer...a lot. I’ve even been told that I can be "negative." Take it as you will, but I don’t care – I get the word out anywhere that I can, any time that I can. I could imagine it can get a little "much" for some people. But there is never enough for me. It's my mission to find a cure and raise awareness.

As a result, I've lost a lot of friends.

When I first started noticing that my friends were disappearing in the midst of my son's battle, I tried to think up reasons why. Do I smell funny? (Seriously, meds do smell funny.) Did I step on your cat? Could it just be me? I like to think that I have not changed much from the person they once knew but I know that would be a lie. I HAVE changed – I'm not the same person. I've lost...