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I Had Cancer Guidelines

We're all here for similar reasons - we've been touched by cancer in some way. It’s up to all of us to show each other that no one is alone. Your IHadCancer profile is your own place to call home during this crazy thing called cancer, we just ask that you keep these simple guidelines in mind when participating.

1. Always Be Nice. This is a place for connections and conversations – we encourage you all to talk openly but please remain considerate in all of your engagement. Don’t post obscene, hateful or objectionable content. Abuse and disrespect will not be tolerated in the IHC community and is subject to deletion and user removal at our discretion.

2. Be a Good Friend. The IHC community is a family. Please remember to be a good friend to the connections you make on IHC. Ask questions that you wish someone would ask you; if you can’t find the right words to say, send a hug, it can speak louder than words. A simple gesture goes a long way.

3. Don't Spam. This includes sending unsolicited messages of any nature, posting links to unrelated content, promoting a survey, fundraiser or product where it shouldn’t be promoted. If you aren’t sure if something is appropriate to post, e-mail us and we’ll let you know.

4. Think Before You Post. Everything you post on IHadCancer is secure, but it is up to you to monitor how much or how little information you are sharing about yourself and your experience. Please don’t share personal or identifiable information like your mailing address or your full name and don’t share other member’s information.

5. If You See Something, Say Something. We work hard to make sure these guidelines are followed closely but if you see something that doesn’t’ feel right to you, please let us know. We review every report we receive and will take anything you say to heart. We promise.

6. Be Open. Welcome newcomers and help guide them through this journey based on your own experience. Whether you are a survivor, fighter, caregiver or supporter, you have valuable information that can very well help someone else who is just beginning the cancer journey. Be open to sharing experiences and give someone else the gift of your time.

Thanks for being a part of our community. It’s up to all of us to ensure that IHadCancer remains a place for us all to call home when dealing with the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis.

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SheriF Connect

Survivor: Head and Neck Cancer

In December 2016, it was discovered that I had Stage IV Maxillary Sinus cancer. I was so frightened and worried and wasn’t sure how I got to this point. I wasn’t done with life and I am not a quitter. I HATE you, cancer, for trying to destroy my life. I have spent hours punching a bag and crying for all of the pain and destruction that you have caused in my life and that you brought into the lives of my family. I will preservere and do everything I can to prove I can kick your ass completely. Cancer treatment for me has included 1 major surgery, 8 weeks of 5 days a week for radiation, months of healing and 4 more surgeries to date for reconstruction and most likely, 3 more per my Otolaryngologist. All to fix the radiation destruction. I’ve past my 2 year mark and I’m an optimist that as I heal in ways I never expected, that I will Overcome this and be the best I can. I have some Limitations and I don’t look like I did before cancer. My hope Is to recover and let others know that CANCER CAN BE BEAT!! I am a survivor forever .