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November 21, 2014 | by JamiMayberry
Is it possible to come to terms with cancer treatment and everything that your body is going to have to endure? According to Jami, it was the best thing she could have done.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer I wasn't sure what journey lay ahead of me. So many decisions to make. When my doctor at MD Anderson in Houston, Dr. Eifel, laid out the radiation treatment plan for me it seemed rather long but thought I could do it. Then she decided to add chemotherapy as well once a week. So on Mondays I would get radiation in the morning and chemo for 5 hours in the afternoon. Mondays were very long days.

I began to feel agitated and began to suffer from the side effects. It seemed I was fighting against this happening to me. I didn't want to have cancer. I didn't want chemo and the weakness and nausea that goes with it. I...
November 7, 2014 | by CMMoore
Did you find yourself stuck on the couch while you were going through cancer treatment, and even afterwards? According to Christine, that could have been a good thing. Read more.

Never would I have imagined that I would get cancer in my thirties or that I would be on disability for nine months recuperating from cancer treatment. Many of my hours were spent lying on the couch sleeping, lying on the couch fighting the nausea monster, or feeling so weak I could barely get off the couch. During that experience, I looked at it as wasted time. All I wanted was to be at work, go places and do things, like a normal person. Lying on the couch wasn't my idea of a productive life. It made me feel depressed.

But was it really a waste?

Now, as a twelve-plus year survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, I believe those countless hours,...
October 30, 2014 | by rachaelyahne
Like many cancer survivors, Rachael has endured countless dark days and periods in which she questioned why she, so meager and lost, was able to live on, and whether she was wasting a second chance at life. Read more to find out how she found hope.

I write this post not as a typical article, but as a love letter to you, reader. There can be no doubt that this burden I experienced is one anyone who has fought to survive could face. As such, I write this honestly and without restraint, personally to each and every one of you, in hopes that we might help each other see the light ahead when night is at its darkest.

    My beautiful comrades,

    I so desperately wish the truth could be different or that I could somehow, impossibly, change the circumstances for you when you needed me to, but I cannot.

    You...
October 22, 2014 | by DrZembroski
Dr. Zembroski is a Doctor Who Became a Patient and a Fellow Cancer Victor®, who hates the word "remission." Read more to find out why.

A diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, to say the least. For most, going through cancer care can be physically devastating, from cancer itself, and the side effects of toxic and disabling chemotherapy, to invasive and often disfiguring surgery. Let's not forget radiation therapy, hormone modifiers, immunotherapy and, sometimes, stem-cell and bone-marrow transplants that can lead to graph-vs-host disease (someone else's white blood cells attacking your body).

Along with the physical effects of cancer care, there is the emotional anguish of dealing with the diagnosis, treatment, and language of cancer. Terms that we often hear are "survivor", "survival rate", "metastasis", "cancer staging...
October 16, 2014 | by Tiffany_Staropoli
Tiffany doesn't want to fight with cancer anymore. Read more to find out what she does instead.

What I am about to tell you may not be very popular. And truth be told, I've been hesitant to write about it for fear of offending or insulting others. But there's that word again...FEAR. I no longer want fear to dictate my life or my decisions or my desires to share my personal belief system with the world. Especially a belief system that seems to be working some seriously great things in my life.

So here it goes...

Are you ready?

I have given up the fight with cancer.I refuse to engage in the struggle any longer. The battle is futile and the war on cancer is a waste of my time, my energy and my talents.

Allow me to explain...

Our society has embraced one way and one way only to discuss...
October 10, 2014 | by advimed
Before you start chemotherapy, make sure you are prepared for what is about to happen. Read more for some tips that can help you prepare.

If you were recently diagnosed with cancer, and you are prescribed chemotherapy, anticipating surgery or awaiting radiation therapy, you should have an educational visit before treatment starts. If you’re not scheduled for such a visit, request one. The visit, usually led by a nurse, is crucial so that you can understand, prepare for and manage your upcoming treatment. It should be the first step of a successful journey toward recovery.

As a billing manager for a busy oncology practice, I have participated in hundreds of such educational visits. These tips should help guide you in this process:

1. Bring one trusted, level-headed person...
October 3, 2014 | by uzy27
It's good to be aware and it's good to get mammograms. But for Uzma, that wasn't enough. It was her gut feeling and a self exam that helped her locate the 7cm mass in her armpit.

The month of October has begun – the surge of pink is overflowing. Sure, everything looks cuter with a little pink in it. But there is nothing remotely cute about breast cancer. Absolutely nothing.

Aren't we all already aware that breast cancer exists? Every 14 minutes someone gets diagnosed with this illness. How can anyone not be aware?

I, for one, am aware of this disease. I have always been aware. So, so aware.

I was aware that breast cancer is fatal, when I said goodbye to my aunt. I was aware of what it can do to a family, when I saw the trauma that her kids underwent.

I was aware of how breast cancer stops lives...
September 25, 2014 | by Mama_Emma
After cancer treatment ends, a lot of people expect life to go back to "normal." But when Emily's son finished treatment, she found herself more stressed and anxious than ever before. Read more to find out how she coped.

My son's last day of chemo was a Sunday. I watched as the very last drop of poison dripped into my baby's IV line, and then we were officially discharged from our very last hospital stay. He got out of bed, put on his batman cape and walked out of the Cancer ward. Some of the nurses clapped and kids cheered, others just looked and smile. My little bald 2 year old stopped and turned to wave like he was the King of England. The nurses cried and there were hugs all around. I had a goofy smile on my face...but it wasn't real.

I was more scared than ever.

...
September 23, 2014 | by jh7204
John was a life-long pessimist...until he was diagnosed with ALL and discovered the Power of Positive Thinking. He believes it's never too late to change your mindset. Read more.

I have been a pessimist my entire life. Growing up, I always assumed the worst was going to happen. I resonated with Smalls in the Sandlot, afraid to go outside to play, and instead choosing to work on my Erector Set. Erector Sets can’t make you projectile vomit like a bag of Big Chief chewing tobacco. (They also don’t get you anywhere near Wendy Peffercorn).

As sad as this is to say, I can remember growing up thinking about what would happen if I were to become gravely ill (I never claimed to be normal). So, when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 2, 2004 (at 16 years old), I can’t say I was surprised. I guess assuming...
September 16, 2014 | by sedonawoman
Cancer is a double whammy, as you have to immediately cope with the disease, plus cope with a sudden loss of control and self-direction. But it IS possible to take control back. Read more.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, wrapping my brain around the initial diagnosis resulted in a feeling of being totally shell-shocked. It wasn't on my 'radar screen,’ so hearing this news after a routine screening was like getting hit in the head with a huge boulder. I was left to feel this overwhelming and tremendous sense of loss. It was a loss of control – not only of my body, but of my life. I felt like I had little to no time in the decision-making process, as everyone around me wanted to start to fight this cancer.

All of these reactions lead to feelings of hopelessness and much sadness. This anxiety was then coupled with the...