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January 28, 2016 | by tracymax
If you struggle with defining self love and what it means to you, especially after having cancer, then continue reading below.

I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in May of 2006. Treatment included surgery to remove my right ovary and six rounds of chemo. Four years later I had a recurrence which we caught super early thanks to my spidey sense. I am treating naturally this time with diet and supplements - working with a naturopath, acupuncturist and my oncologist on an integrative path. I had a second recurrence in the summer of 2013 and had another surgery to remove several large masses from my abdomen.

Even after being a few years cancer free, I still visit my acupuncturist, and recently, we started having a conversation about New Year's Resolutions, He told me that most New Year's resolutions are...
January 25, 2016 | by Ccormier
When Courtney, an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor, was reaching her 18-month mark of remission she was not prepared to hear the words "your cancer might be back". While many of us unfortunately live with a fear of recurrence, it's hard to prepare ourselves to hear that it could be back for real. Read more below.

I've been sitting on this post for awhile. I wanted to share this with you in an effort to be honest about this shitty journey, but I had a lot to process so it took me a bit to get this together. So without further adieu here it is.

A few months ago I received a call from my Nurse Practitioner(NP), telling me they found a few B cells in my spinal fluid. She kept talking but I honestly have no idea what she said after that.

I had prepped for the leukemia to come back in my bone...
January 20, 2016 | by triciapagano
How does the power of love affect someone going through cancer treatment? From young love to the bond between a parent and their child, these stories prove love can surprise you during your darkest times, in ways you never thought possible.

Last November, the story of 8-year-old David Spisak Jr. of Virginia was all over the news. During his fourth battle with cancer, and after being well enough to return to school, David met the love of his life. You can watch David’s heart lifting story here. This story struck a nerve in me, as I have also witnessed the effect love can have on someone going through treatment.

Every so often my 8-year-old son will ask me to lay with him at...
January 16, 2016 | by KOsborne
When entering your new life and new normal after cancer, it is not uncommon to experience mood swings on a daily basis. Kristan struggled with the after effects of treatment, hospital visits, procedures, and everything in between. Read more of how she manages her unpredictable emotions below.

Before cancer, I was engaged to be married and living a happy, healthy life. But everything changed in April 2014 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. After a few weeks of frantic appointments, I had a full hysterectomy and the removal of several lymph nodes in my groin. After my surgery I was "couch ridden" for about four weeks. I was in a lot of pain. I couldn't do anything for myself. I was so miserable.

Months of chemo, several scans, blood work, a colonoscopy, and mammogram later...I finally entered remission....
January 14, 2016 | by TeamIHadCancer
There is no right or wrong way to handle a cancer diagnosis.

This week the world was surprised by both the diagnoses and the deaths of two beloved artists: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Seemingly no one in the general public knew that either of these very-public men were diagnosed with cancer, which caused their deaths to hit the public especially hard. As many of us know first-hand, the emotional combination of grief and shock is a lethal one, and it's often one that causes us to ask: "Why?"

Why did they "hide" their diagnoses? Some have speculated that they are secretly private people, despite living under the public eye for decades, and simply wanted to be able to have some part of their life not be revealed to the masses. Others say that in David Bowie's case,...
January 12, 2016 | by JessicaMelore
It's hard, but it's not impossible. If you're thinking about dating during and after treatment, don't let cancer hold you back.

When it comes to dating, everyone has their quirks. Usually it takes a few dates before you find out about a secret anime obsession, a messy apartment, or a complicated past relationship with an ex. But dating during and after cancer has its own challenges. Add a heart transplant and prosthetic leg into the mix, and things can get especially interesting.

As a 16-year-old high school senior, I had a sudden, massive heart attack with no prior health problems and wasn't expected to live through the night. I waited nine months to receive a life-saving heart transplant. Three months later, as a freshman at Princeton University, I had to figure out the most nonchalant way to tell my new friends...
January 9, 2016 | by ikickedass
Receiving a cancer diagnosis as a young adult is a lot to take in. For Nicole, possibly losing her fertility and facing important decisions within such a short time frame was just another part she had to consider. Read more of her story below.

When I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, I never imagined my fertility would be at risk as well. I received my diagnosis while in my late twenties, and the very next day I was thrown into beginning Chemotherapy.

At this time, I was presented with no options to help preserve my eggs, ovaries, or uterus-NONE! I was later told that there was no time to do anything because the cancer was well advanced and the cells were multiplying rapidly. I couldn't believe this was how this was unfolding. I was completely devastated. Was this part of my fight with cancer preventable? Could I...
January 6, 2016 | by stevepake
Yes, colder weather effects cancer patients and survivors worse than others. If you're wondering how to make it through the winter, here are some tips to help beat the cold.

Cold weather never bothered me before cancer. My body would just naturally adjust on its own, and all was well. After cancer has been an entirely different story, and as the temperatures drop below 40° F, my body just wants to grind to a halt on me. Most of this has been due to chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, as almost all of the symptoms that I have from this such as nerve pain, numbness, muscle fatigue, and weakness issues, all get worse in cold weather. As a testicular cancer survivor, even my testosterone levels would tend to swing around on me as energy levels dropped, and in the cold winter months I'd feel like a lethargic, depressive, and...
January 4, 2016 | by TeamIHadCancer
Our community has shown us the importance of solidarity in empowering one another throughout the cancer journey--especially after treatment, when some believe the fight ends. To keep you from endlessly repeating yourselves, here's a list to share with someone who may not understand chemobrain.

Chemo Brain, or Chemo Fog, is an increasingly common experience among cancer patients and survivors. It can begin at any time during chemotherapy, even several years after treatment has ended, and last for an indefinite amount of time. Patients who received radiation therapy have also sympathized with the symptoms associated with Chemo Brain. The cancer community has repeatedly spoken up about suffering from this phenomena, but there are still doctors, friends and family who write them off. No offense to those disbelievers, but we agree to...
December 31, 2015 | by Fancyleo
With the new year inevitably comes New Year's resolutions. They can be big aspirations or small promises, but either way, New Years is a time of reflection and looking forward. Read how one cancer survivor views these resolutions and the "new normal" below.

As the New Year approaches, everyone is always asking, "what is your resolution?" Each year I ponder what that really means. Should I strive for more money, a better job? In the past, my answer has always been: "I want to travel more."

But this year, I sat quietly and meditated on what I wanted for the coming year. I realized that I couldn't find a specific answer, because I simply want to LIVE. Before cancer, this wouldn't "count" as a resolution, because as far as I could tell, I was living. But as a cancer survivor, I know now what it feels like...