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August 24, 2015 | by pregnancycancer...
There's a rare chance during a pregnancy that could lead to something called a Molar pregnancy, which threatens the life of a child. For one mother, this affected the twins she was expecting and in turn led to her getting Cancer.

Most women get a baby after pregnancy. My pregnancy, however, gave me a baby and cancer. Actually, what began as two babies and cancer. That's right- I got Choriocarcinoma, or cancer of the placenta, as a result from my pregnancy. Who knew such a beautiful milestone could turn into something life-threatening? A Molar pregnancy happens when the tissue that normally becomes a fetus turns into an abnormal growth inside the uterus instead. What I experienced, my twin Molar pregnancy, resulted in the disease known as Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia, or GTD. The word Neoplasia means "new growth". Not all...
August 19, 2015 | by TayScheibe
Coming to terms with one's scars is never simple. Having to face them with the added pressure the summertime brings can make it even more stressful. But for Taylor, a survivor of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, she learned to accept these markings of her war with Cancer. Read more below.

Summertime. A time of heat waves, beach days, and wearing any outfit to help cool off. Now that it's summer, the bikinis, tank tops and flirty dresses are in and any stylish clothing that also functions as covering up my scars is, well...OUT. I can't be "that girl" who sits on the beach refusing the invitation to remove my cover up...
August 14, 2015 | by sedonawoman
When you first receive a cancer diagnosis, questions will start flooding your mind. It's important to keep these under control by knowing what NOT to do.

The urgency of receiving a cancer diagnosis requires your undivided attention as you attempt to understand this new information and sort things out. Looking back at my own experiences, I recall hearing those words and feeling a sudden feeling of tremendous shock. It honestly felt like a boulder fell from the sky and socked me right on top of my head! I reacted with an enveloping sense of disbelief that left me both stunned and speechless. It felt in that moment like time was frozen and I was functioning in extremely slow motion. It was as if I was almost completely paralyzed with fear of what to think or do next.

These sensations lingered for several days afterward. The...
August 11, 2015 | by stevepake
Scan anxiety, or "scanxiety," is the tension that builds up as those fighting cancer approach their regular check-up scan. Read more about this feeling below.

No one in their right mind would knowingly get on an aircraft that was bound for trouble, or one that would have to attempt an emergency landing. Despite never having been in that situation myself, the video of an aircraft successfully making an emergency landing recently brought me to tears, because I know exactly what this feels like: it's exactly how a cancer survivor on surveillance feels like. The feeling one might have when the captain announces a serious problem with the aircraft, and you know that you might not land safely, is about the same feeling one has when they've said "You have cancer".

The worst part is the waiting.

Hours spent in the...
August 5, 2015 | by VictoriousSong
Some people may think they are strong, and then the word ‘Cancer’ is thrown into the equation. A million questions run through your mind with no answer of where to start. What will you do? How will you overcome? How will you find the strength to get through this next battle?

There have been many instances in my life where I've had to be strong, but never as strong as the time the word 'Cancer' was used to diagnose me. Somehow in my head, I couldn't consider the disease ever being aligned with my fate – especially not while I was in my twenties. After my diagnosis, I wasn't sure what to do next, who to talk to, who to tell, or even when I would need to start fighting. Truth be told, my fight started the moment I heard the words "You have cancer". I knew then that I needed to tap into finding inner strength more than I had...
July 31, 2015 | by thingsiwishidknown
A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family. The urgent challenge of explaining cancer to children at any age can be overwhelming when the future is uncertain and you're still trying to get your own head around this "earthquake zone."

As soon as you use the words "kids" and "cancer" in the same sentence, you know you're in for a rough ride. Perhaps you (as the parent)have cancer, or maybe the child has been diagnosed. In either case, you need to explain and plan for the changes that are coming. It's critical to get your own brain in gear quickly so that you can help the children to cope.

A cancer diagnosis within the household or with a close family member—especially early on, before the prognosis is known—changes nearly every aspect of daily life. Emotions will be strained and personal family routines altered or...
July 29, 2015 | by chef-ryan-callahan
Chemo can alter your taste, sensation of feeling, your ability to smell, and cause untold side-effects that will alter the way you see yourself and the world. Chef Ryan Callahan has developed a few tips that can help making eating enjoyable again.

Cooking for chemotherapy patients is extremely difficult, especially when you don't have the knowledge or resources to understand what changes have occurred to the person. Chemo can alter your taste, sensation of feeling, your ability to smell, and cause untold side-effects that will alter the way you see yourself and the world. Here are some tips and techniques that I used when I was the primary caretaker for my mother during her chemotherapy treatments.

1. Hydration: Ingest a lot of fluids.

Dehydration is...
July 27, 2015 | by lutintoutnu
When Adele decided to open up and share her cancer story, she never have expected the impact it would leave on her life after cancer...or that it would land her a free trip to New York City. Read more.

Shortly after I was handed my 'cancer-free' membership card, I found myself in a very dark place. I might even dare say almost darker than when I was going through the many stages of being a cancer patient: from testing and biopsies, from the doomsday of my diagnosis to the hospital visits, treatments, surgeries, etc. Weird, I know. Then came that fateful day when the doctors told me those words I had been praying for: "You are cancer-free".

Yet, post-cancer, I found myself in a place so dark that it was hard to admit it--seeing as I was now 'a healthy and cancer-free human being'. I should have been thankful for that...
July 22, 2015 | by rachaelyahne
Prom is a high school experience that many people many never forget but it is something many young cancer patients do not get a chance to attend. Luckily there are organizations that help provide these young survivors with a prom and a night to remember.

Eighteen-year-old Gaby and sixteen-year-old Lexy are best friends that have much more to talk about than school gossip. Their friendship runs deeper than your average teen experience, because they are both cancer survivors. They've been forced to ask life's big questions; questions about survival, blood counts, treatment plans; while most kids are asking what college to attend. Smack dab in the middle of adolescence, they both know too well the magnitude of treatment and both successfully - with eyes and hearts wide open- lived to tell the tale.

This summer, along...
July 17, 2015 | by bellajenna
There are certain phrases that people with cancer are used to hearing, including "you'll be fine" "it's the good kind" and "you're so brave." Read more to find out why many people dislike these well-intended messages.

I’ve had cancer two times, and both times, I heard the following three statements multiple times. I know that they were not intended to be negative or to make me angry, but I also know that I speak on behalf of so many fighters and survivors out there when I say that we HATE to hear these things.

"Oh, they caught it early, so it's the good kind! You'll be fine."

    Early stage does not mean you’ll be fine-because even if you are physically fine, your life will never be the same. Telling someone they have the ‘good kind of cancer’ is like saying there is a ‘good kind’ of...