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

May 21, 2015 | by sparkle_dd
Some people just don’t know how to handle a cancer diagnosis. Certain friends may distance themselves which can cause the cancer patient to feel lonely, confused and angry. Read more to find out how one cancer fighter dealt with her changes in friendships.

It’s funny how most people like to be included in your life during celebrations, or when things are going great. Friends, family, and co-workers love participating in those moments of life, but if you suddenly are diagnosed with something like Cancer, this all changes abruptly.

As you grow older, you realize it is more worthwhile to have a few sincere friends than it is to have a bunch of acquaintances who are only there for the good times. I can almost guarantee being diagnosed with cancer will help you determine who falls into which category.

That one...
May 18, 2015 | by wgarth
Not only did Garth decide it was best for him to work during treatment, but it helped him approach his job from a completely new viewpoint. Read on how he navigated this 'new normal' within the workplace.

Recently at my job, employee performance evaluations were distributed. The joy of condensing a year’s worth of work down to a rating from 1 to 5. I was rating myself on my old position with the company. During the year I was recovering from surgery and subsequently diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer. I started adjuvant therapy and have been taking Votrient ever since. For all intents and purposes, I was a cancer patient each and every workday last year. The initial impact of the side effects was severe. I didn’t function well and it really affected my ability to work.

I looked over the employee evaluation form...
May 8, 2015 | by TeamIHadCancer
There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about what cancer patients look like, act like and feel like. We set out to dispel these myths.

Everyone's experience with cancer may be different. For someone who has just been diagnosed, it can be scary to not know what to expect - will it be like what you see in the movies, or will it be completely different? It isn't until we start treatment and the process of beating cancer that we really understand all of the misconceptions that exist.

For those who haven't been affected by the disease, it can be hard to know what to say and how to say it. And for those who are dealing with a diagnosis, it can be incredibly frustrating to be stereotyped into certain categories that arne't reflective of what they're going through. We set out to dispell these myths.

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May 5, 2015 | by sunnedelight
Single Parents can understand the weight of taking care of their children on their own, but when it comes to their own health, and for Sunny, being diagnosed with kidney Cancer, it's a whole new story. Read more.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. In a matter of twenty-one days, I went from an initial routine health appointment, to having my left kidney removed. It was a whirlwind, and I don't think I ever fully processed what having cancer meant to me. Two years later, the cancer returned, choosing to take my remaining right kidney.

My local doctors confirmed my diagnosis after a painful biopsy, which left me bedridden for ten days. Initially the decision was to do Cryoablation for the tumor. Something about this didn't sit right with me. I had limited resources with my insurance coverage. My...
April 29, 2015 | by Sarahkaitlin
For many who leave Cancer behind them, "Survivor's Guilt" is a real feeling experienced. Read more on how one survivor approached this after finishing her treatment.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the post you have been waiting for. This is what encouraged and pushed me to start writing about my Cancer journey in the first place. A little thing called "survivor's guilt" — the feeling that results when you survive cancer yourself and feel personal blame or guilt when another person does not.

If you haven't had cancer, you may read that definition and think that it just doesn't make any sense at all. "Why would someone feel guilty for surviving?" Well, if you have had cancer, chances are that you are used to hearing about it, but that doesn't mean that you have to accept it as an inevitable part of this process....
April 20, 2015 | by Cayci
Sometimes all we need is to make sure our lives feel "normal". Read and share these tips on maintaining some consistency during your Cancer journey.

I've been diagnosed with cancer six times. One of the hardest things I've dealt with through these diagnoses has been keeping my life "normal". Granted, all cancer fighters have to adapt to a new "normal" and it's not always easy. Having to accept the fact that you have cancer is one thing, but adjusting your life around your health is a whole other battle. Through my experiences I hope to help new and experienced cancer fighters maintain a little bit of consistency during a tumultuous journey. Keeping things consistent for you and your family is less stressful for them and ultimately for you as well! So put your adapting hat on and let's get started!

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April 16, 2015 | by mailet
IHadCancer.com's founder Mailet Lopez reflects on what led her to build the site, shares some exciting updates and introduces our new logo.

There's a certain camaraderie between two people who have been affected by cancer that is unlike anything else I've ever experienced. If you are a survivor, fighter or caregiver, you know exactly what this energy feels like. It doesn't matter if we had the same type of cancer or if our two journeys are all that similar. The sole fact that, at one point in our lives, we both experienced the same vulnerable moment: hearing some variation of the words, "you have cancer". It’s an unspoken understanding that we just "get" it.

This energy is the heart and soul behind IHadCancer.com.

Like many of you, I had no idea where to turn when I was diagnosed with cancer. When...
April 11, 2015 | by Fancyleo
It's not easy to accept help and sometimes you may not even realize that you need it, but it can make a big difference in your journey with cancer.

Before my diagnosis, I was a thriving woman in her thirties, mother to a teenage son, who traveled and went out with her friends often. I had many friends who valued me for my advice and kind words. I felt like I mattered, as if people needed me. I was the strong one that everyone else depended on when something went wrong. I adopted this role because I was accustomed to being needed and genuinely enjoyed helping others. I never would have imagined I would be the one needing the help, but cancer sure can flip the script on you.

After my diagnosis, the tables had turned, and now I needed to be cared for. I no longer felt like the strong one. I had no control over this disease and...
April 8, 2015 | by gladtobealive34
The side effects of cancer treatment can make sex much more difficult for patients but oncologists rarely talk about how to fix these problems. Read more to find out how one survivor got past the sexual health roadblocks that she faced.

My husband Joe and I had been married for just two weeks when I started chemotherapy rounds for breast cancer. There was no honeymoon; it was down to the business of getting well. My diagnosis of breast cancer was triple positive, including "estrogen positive" in the mix. As I understood it, this meant that my cancer cells were fed by estrogen. My oncologist sought to remove as much estrogen as possible, thus achieving the best possible outcome. I never realized what a vital part estrogen played in my life until I began treatment.

Within the first chemo round, my body was pushed...
April 3, 2015 | by Kymkeyes
As many as 1 in 3 cancer survivors experience post-traumatic stress disorder, but many of these cases go undiagnosed. Read more to find out how Kym realized she was experiencing PTSD.

Before cancer, I had not been without a paying job since I was 16. After being diagnosed, due to a medical port being placed in my chest, I became a liability at work and the job was unwilling to accommodate. I had two options: medically retire so that I would have insurance to cover myself and live on a salary that is $2.00 above the poverty line, or have the port removed and go back to work, foregoing all necessary treatment.

I chose to retire and treat, barely surviving and dependent on loved ones to help meet my financial obligations. It was a grueling 22 months of chemotherapy, blood clots, pneumonia episodes, radiation, 3rd degree mind...