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March 24, 2015 | by JBC17
After her diagnosis, Julie re-examined her life and discovered new things about others and herself along the way. Read more on one fighter's journey in finding purpose.

I found out I had colon cancer two days before Thanksgiving. I was 32, married, and the mother of two amazing boys. It was supposed to be a time of giving thanks and enjoying time with my family but I couldn't do that. All I could think about were those four words, hearing them over and over again in my head, "Julie, you have cancer".

Looking back, I realize how much I had always put everyone first, especially my then-husband and my children. The first person I called wasn't my family, my closest friends, not even my husband. It was my mother-in-law. I made that call because I was more worried about my husband and wanted to ensure he had...
March 20, 2015 | by writersam
As a 27-year-old colon cancer survivor, Sam often spends time wondering what her like would be like if she never had cancer and developed Lynch syndrome.

It's been five years since I had my bowel removed due to colon cancer, and I'm still dealing with the emotional effects of it. I suppose I've had a long time to come to terms with the fact that it even happened to begin with, but I'm also trying to deal with the fact that I have Lynch syndrome, a hereditary condition which increases the risk of getting certain types of cancer. So not only has it been difficult to come to terms with what happened when I was 22, but it has also been difficult to come to terms with the possibility that it will happen again.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about what my life would be like without cancer...

I wouldn't be...
March 19, 2015 | by GiulianaAngelgirl1
After a 27-year-career, Giuliana found herself out of a job as a result of her cancer diagnosis. Read more to find out how she handled this devastating blow.

I worked in the health services industry for 27 years before being diagnosed with stage 3 peritoneal cancer. I had coded thousands of medical inpatient charts yet never in a million years did I think my name was ever going to be on the top of an oncology chart. Imagine the ego in that statement? I was clueless. I lived like most people. I didn't eat as well as I should have, smoked socially, didn't exercise as often as I should and was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years before the cancer. It was like God was whispering to me, "G take better care of yourself." But I didn't listen. I took advantage of myself. I ate what I wanted, did what I wanted and thought I was...
March 17, 2015 | by chachel89
Rachel is a 25-year-old Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor who is in the process of really defining what "the new normal" really means.

Normal. What is normal? Miriam and Webster say normal is "conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural." A high school student may say normal is going to school, going to sporting events and seeing friends. The man sitting across from me at Starbucks says normal is whatever is comfortable and familiar. To me, normal used to be defined by waking up, going to work, doing school work and seeing friends and family. I would spend my days living fairly carefree and having a good time. I had a decent job, was about to move and start an exciting chapter to my life.

But quickly after starting treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, "normal" took on...
March 13, 2015 | by TomArguello
Many of us experience epiphanies in our own individual ways. For Tom, Cancer proved to save his life by leading him on the road to wellness and self-transformation. Get inspired to discover your inner truth and read more below.

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Buddhist Proverb

By the age of 37 I was a ticking time bomb. I was 50 lbs. overweight, I had a fatty liver, stage 2 hypertension, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and routinely suffered from panic attacks due to a high stress job. Ask anyone and they'll tell you that is a lethal combination, a real recipe for disaster. My diet and lifestyle was literally killing me! I was on a collision course, and in desperate need of a wake up call, which came two weeks before my 37th birthday in the form of testicular cancer...
March 11, 2015 | by sedonawoman
Staying calm during a cancer diagnosis is an extremely hard thing to do. Your mind immediately assumes the worst. Read more to find out how Helen found a way to remain calm.

The ability to stay calm during a high-stress and scary situation is extremely difficult. After being diagnosed with cancer, it feels like everything changes. Sanity goes out the window and gets replaced with nerves, fears and a sense of hopelessness. You know that if you could only find a way to stay calm, you would be able to think more clearly. But where do you even start? After thinking more about my experience with colon cancer, I was able to pencil out six tips that helped me find some sense of calm in the middle of the storm that is cancer.

1. Affirm your goals every day.

One suggestion is to write two or three...
March 7, 2015 | by bryonimillar123
Bryoni had just celebrated her 17th birthday before receiving a diagnosis of Chondrosarcoma. The months following were a whirlwind.

I was 17 years old when I woke up in a hospital, no clue of where I was, what was going on, or what was wrong with me. I was attached to machines with bandages all around my head. No one would explain to me why. I was so scared. Was I going to die? When my mum arrived, I remember not believing it was her. I still had no clue what was happening to me. I wasn't allowed to eat or drink. I knew it was definitely more than a drunken night out. Finally, my gran explained to me what was going on: I had bone cancer and a brain tumor.

Cancer? Seriously? I was 17 years old. The first thing I thought was "is my life over?" "what is going to happen?". I remember asking...
March 5, 2015 | by curlytopNJ
When Cynthia was diagnosed with cancer, she had to put her love for acting on hold to make room for the new stage in her life: Ovarian Cancer Stage 3C.

I discovered my love for community theatre in my twenties when I joined my Allegro Productions Family at the Parsippany Playhouse in Parsippany, NJ. Singing, acting, and dancing in various musicals became a passion of mine. Being introduced to performing was a source of fun, a place to transform and be creative. I loved the theatre and I was at home on the stage!

Fast forward to July 2012, where I was introduced to an entirely new and unfamiliar stage; One I had never stepped on or auditioned for before. The stage I am talking about is Stage 3C. This stage is not located in a Universal Studios lot. This stage was brewing inside of me at a rapid rate and...
March 3, 2015 | by ikickedass
When Nicole stared losing her hair as a result of chemotherapy for Acute Myeoloid Leukemia, it took an emotional toll on her confidence and self-esteem. Read more to find out how she was able to overcome the painful process.

Before my Leukemia diagnosis, I had really pretty long brown hair. I was able to curl it, straighten it and style it any which way I wanted to. I loved my hair and everything about it! I invested in good brushes, hairsprays, shampoos and conditioners to ensure it always looked nice and healthy. Little did I realize how much I was taking it for granted, and how much it would affect me when it started falling out.

A few weeks before I was admitted to start induction chemotherapy, I noticed that my shower drain was clogging frequently. My hair seemed like it was thinning but I honestly didn't think...
February 28, 2015 | by 2xsurvivor
Tiffany was diagnosed with cancer shortly after giving birth to her first child and then re-diagnosed shortly after entering remission. Read more to find out how she coped during this difficult time.

Six weeks after giving birth to my first child, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. My world and my family’s was stunned and shaken. I felt numb. Then, reality set in and I became scared. Not only did I have the worries of being a first time momma but now I had to add the worries of being a cancer patient as well.

I remember the night before my first treatment, rocking my precious brand new baby girl, just gazing and being mesmerized with her. I prayed countless times that she would never see me sick, never see me bald or never see the fear of this awful disease within me. I knew she was only weeks old, and...