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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...
July 13, 2015 | by TeamIHadCancer
When you're dealing with cancer, a daily dose of inspiration may make a big difference in your outlook on life. Share these inspiring words with a fighter in your life to lift them higher during their cancer journey.

Keeping a positive outlook is proven to help with stress management, but when someone says to "think positive" or "be optimistic" during a time such as cancer, it can be much easier said than done. We know that cancer isn't all rainbow and butterflies and once you enter a dark mindset, it can be hard to get out of it. But most of us have that one message of hope and inspiration that somehow manages to help bring some perspective and optimism to a situation.

So with the help of our community, we compiled 20 of those messages. If you need some motivation or you know someone who does, please share these...
July 8, 2015 | by Guest Blogger
During and after her cancer diagnosis, Tamika experienced a roller coaster of emotions while she tried to figure out what life was all about. Read more to find out how she learned to embrace her new normal.

My name is Tamika and I had cancer – cervical cancer to be exact. When diagnosed at age 25, I thought I was going to die. It's true. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Before cancer, the worst I'd been through was a mole removal.

To save my life, my doctor performed a radical hysterectomy, then prescribed followup chemotherapy and radiation therapy to kill any cancer cells that stayed lurking behind. It wasn't easy. I cried almost daily, and was living in a "fog"-not knowing if I was doing better or worse. I didn't have any clarity, and there was no simple way out. Each option came with some major life...
July 1, 2015 | by Frenchgirl
Before being diagnosed with cancer, Florence was a 20-something year old French girl living the American dream and focused on perfection. After cancer caused everything to change, she learned to let go of perfection and love her new life. Read more.

When I arrived in San Francisco, I was a shy and naïve 22-year old French girl who dreamed of a perfect life. I always had a smile on my face and loved being a "foreigner" in a new country. I finished law school and got a job. Along the way, I made new friends and fell in love. After 9 years in California, I had it all. I just did not know it then.

Call it the American dream syndrome maybe but I kept wanting more. Always more. The next step was to have kids, move to a nice house and get a dog. I had big dreams and everything seemed possible, but life is not a straight...
June 26, 2015 | by TomArguello
When Tom was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he found himself overwhelmed with emotions that he didn't know how to control. Read more to find out how he managed his fear.

I have often told people that I wish I could travel back in time and talk to my past self on the day I was diagnosed with cancer, because nothing has ever been the same since then. For me, cancer was like a nuclear bomb in my life. My entire life is now divided into two time periods: Before cancer and after cancer. As I write this, I am traveling back to "B.C.", and to be perfectly honest, it's hard to go back there. It's difficult to put myself back in the headspace I was in when I first found out I had cancer because it was a painful time and I am an ardent believer in never looking back. I choose to look back now in hopes that my story can help others cope...
June 22, 2015 | by ikickedass
During her time in the hospital, Nicole realized she was living a completely different life before cancer. As she entered her "new normal," she made a list of the top three things that cancer taught her.

Before my cancer diagnosis more than two years ago, I was a completely different person. I took countless things for granted, I stressed out every single day, I had a negative attitude, and I didn't take care of myself – both mentally and physically. I was the type of person who worried about everything under the sun and the type of person who rarely used a sick day at work. I also never took time to 'stop and smell the roses' because I was always in a rush. Life was passing me by and I didn't take the time to appreciate or even realize it.

My body subsequently endured four toxic rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell...
June 19, 2015 | by bellajenna
As a parent, it can feel overwhelming to think about how you're going to tell your kids you have cancer. It's normal to want to protect our children. For Jennifer, it was important for her to explain her diagnosis in a way that her young boys could grasp.

I think the worst day of my life was the day my husband and I chose to tell our young boys about my cancer diagnosis. We both knew we had to tell them sooner rather than later. Things move fast in a household turned upside down when cancer barges in. I had already been home from work for a few days, recovering from a biopsy and then meeting my surgeon for the pathology reports and going for the seemingly endless tests that follow.

As is typical in my house - I don't overthink anything. I go with my gut and jump in with both feet. I didn't know the right way to...