Video of Founders' Story - About our online cancer support community, where cancer fighters, cancer survivors and cancer caregivers/supporters come together to help one another.

The story behind I Had Cancer. A cancer support network for cancer survivors, cancer fighters, doctors, healthcare professionals and caregivers.

About Us:

I Had Cancer is a cancer support community that empowers people to take control of life before, during and after cancer. Members can search by type of cancer, age, gender, location, year of diagnosis and type of user so that they can easily find others who have experienced their specific situation. This peer-to-peer support is crucial because it allows survivors, fighters and supporters/caregivers to share firsthand experiences about treatment, side effects, long term effects and more. Cancer can be isolating and scary, but I Had Cancer helps anyone who has been affected by cancer find real support and real answers from those who have been in similar situations. Most importantly, it lets survivors, fighters and supporters/caregivers know that they are not alone.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to empower anyone who has been affected by cancer. Whether you are a fighter, survivor or supporter/caregiver, you can find the support and answers you need from people who have experienced similar situations.



Who is I Had Cancer for?

  • Fighters: People currently diagnosed with cancer who are looking for information and support from other people who have been through a similar experience and understand.
  • Survivors: People who have overcome their diagnoses and are looking for continued support or hoping to inspire and help others who have been recently diagnosed.
  • Supporters: Caregivers or supporters who have been with their loved ones through their cancer diagnoses and are looking for support or to exchange information.

Our Story:

It all began with three words: "You have cancer." When Mailet Lopez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 33, she had great support from family and friends, but still found that they couldn't fully understand what she was going through. She spent a lot of time searching online, but couldn't find a resource that easily connected her to someone who could answer all of her questions, such as:

"Should I get a second opinion?"

"What are treatments like and how do I deal with side effects?"

"How do I tell the rest of my family and coworkers?"

"What are my options with fertility?"

It was only by chance that Mailet found her cancer hero - a breast cancer survivor who was the same age as her and happened to be in the same waiting room. She was able to answer many of the questions that Mailet had and shared valuable information on treatment options. Most importantly, she really understood, first-hand, what Mailet was going through.

It was this encounter that made Mailet realize that when it's a matter of life and death, nothing should be left up to chance. Mailet decided that she wanted to help the next person who was affected and change the way people deal with cancer. She took advantage of her unique position as the co-founder of an award-winning digital agency and, along with founder Anthony Del Monte, leveraged the talent and experience of their team at Squeaky Wheel Media to build IHadCancer.com.

So why I HAD Cancer? By using the verb in its past tense, we aim to spread messages of hope, positivity and optimism for the future.

In less than two years, the I Had Cancer community has grown to thousands of members in more than 110 countries. In 2012, it was recognized by the Webby Awards as the Best Community Website and in 2013, Parade Magazine listed I Had Cancer as one of seven social networks that could save your life. But more importantly, it has made a difference in the lives of our members - just read our testimonials to see why our members think you should join IHadCancer.com.