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

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...
April 1, 2015 | by JBC17
Cancer experts say that Anglina Jolie Pitt was wise to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, but what do cancer patients and survivors think? Read more.

As many of us have already heard, actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt has recently announced that she has removed her ovaries and Fallopian tubes in an attempt to significantly decrease her risk of Ovarian Cancer. She made this decision, as well as the decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy in 2013, after discovering that she carried BRCA1, the genetic mutation that significantly increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

It is interesting to see the different reactions she has received for her decision. I believe that every person is entitled to their opinion, but I also believe that every person is entitled to make the choices...
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...