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Lindsay Goldstein
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Lindsay Goldstein is a 22-year-old college student, blogger, and cancer survivor of a year and a half. She moonlights as The Chicago Prep, where she blogs about making it through her crazy college days in pearls and stripes. She is a senior at DePaul University majoring in jouranlism, and when she's not writing, she can be found watching MTV's The Challenge or Criminal Minds reruns, painting, or playing with her adorable mini goldendoodles Brody and Aubrey.

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Entries by Lindsay Goldstein

Why Nobody Ever Really Loses Their Battle With Cancer

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:24 PM

As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I noticed a headline from one of my favorite media personalities, Rob Cesternino. The former Survivor castaway runs a website and podcast that recap reality television, and this particular headline previewed a recap of MTV's popular competition show The Challenge. The most recent...

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Love, Hair Loss, and MTV: The Anti-Love Story Every Cancer Survivor Needs

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:51 AM

For the past few days, I've been rewatching old seasons of MTV's The Challenge, an all-time favorite show of mine. The more recent seasons have gotten trashy and disappointing (so much so that I wrote the show a breakup letter last summer), but the older seasons will always be near...

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What Cancer Took Away From Me (and What It Gave Back)

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Sometimes, it's hard to look forward when you think your entire life is moving backwards. One minute, you're an adult, living on your own answering only to yourself, and the next, you're relying on family and friends to care for you, answering to every instruction made by oncologists and nurses...

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A Breakup Letter to MTV's The Challenge

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:51 PM

To my beloved The Challenge,

Since the eighth grade, I've been a self-proclaimed reality television junkie. American Idol, The Amazing Race, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, and Top Chef were my solace and entertainment after a hard day of algebra, history, and middle school drama. But no...

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In Memory of Talia Castellano

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:48 PM

When you're sick, you look for motivation to keep going and fight on anywhere you can find it. While I worked hard to avoid fictional tales of cancer, as those often ended in tragedy, reading about the real-life fights by other people, especially teens like myself, was an uplifting and...

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(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:19 PM

The other day, as I was getting out of bed to go brush my teeth and start my day, I noticed the weirdest feeling in my feet. It was as if I was wearing thick woolen socks, up to mid-calf or so- but I was barefoot. My immediate reaction? I...

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The Power of Relay for Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 10:15 AM

As I took the stage, I hoped that my nervous, heavy breathing wasn't audible in the microphone I held tight in my sweaty hands. I squeezed my eyes shut, taking a few more deep breaths as Kaitlyn, one of the event planners for the 2013 Relay for Life at UIUC...

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Bald Is Beautiful?

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 1:03 PM

What is beauty?

I've debated this question over and over again, wearing many different hats. Student, young adult, free spirit, cancer patient, and now cancer survivor. It's certainly a vague question, open to interpretation and very much dependent on each individual who answers it. I've seen edited graphics upon edited...

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Are We Ever Really 'Done' With Cancer?

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:54 PM

At of the end of March, I'll be two months out of chemotherapy. In every aspect of my life, things should be normal, or really close to it, by now. My body has finally rid itself of the toxins infused through chemotherapy, and my stomach sickness is almost gone. I...

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Cancer in the Media: My Missed Chance at Potential Therapy

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:35 AM

When I was still going through chemotherapy (up until a mere month ago), people would ask me if I watched shows like AMC's Breaking Bad. They questioned if I'd caught the movie 50/50 back when it was in theaters two years ago. They made uplifting comments about potentially meeting a...

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Thank You, My Friends

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 12:09 PM

As I sit and write this, my best friend Dani is sprawled out on her lofted bed, sucking on a sour apple Blow Pop and perusing Facebook. Millionaire Matchmaker plays softly on the little TV across the room and provides the white noise I need in order to get any...

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