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Cancer Survivor

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: What to Expect When You're Expecting the Unexpected

Seporah Raizer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If cancer isn't something to blame, then it certainly isn't something to recognize as the reason for you being the person you are today. That's all you.

Living in the Chemo Ward

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

I spent the better part of half a year in the chemo ward. It is one of the biggest things that drives me to continue to help people who are there, and keep people from having to go there.

Cancer-Surviving Commitment-Phobe

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 09.23.2013 | Good News
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

My sense of control was taken the night my parents came up to my workplace and let me know my test results showed I had cancer. Standing in the middle of a library where I'd worked my first job, suddenly my world didn't feel so teenage anymore.

Living in the 'I Don't Know'

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Life is wretched and life is glorious. It is designed that way, I think, to keep us humble. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers probably doesn't know the questions. "I don't know" is a good place to be. It isn't always fun or easy, but it is real.

Cancer Survival: Not So Black and White

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

Maybe a cancer diagnosis isn't as black and white as live or die. With the sudden threat of an expiration date, it's natural to at some point wonder, what could I be doing better? How do I make the most of my short time

To My Donor, on Transplant Day

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

With your stem cells, I can imagine life as an ordinary thirty-something. Back at work. Earning a salary. And writing about something other than life with cancer. With your stem cells, I can imagine a second chance at my first year of marriage and the dreamy possibility of my 50th.

Here's Your Cancer Medal

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

Here's a newsflash: they don't give you a medal for going through childbirth without any drugs and they don't give you a medal when you finish chemo or any type of cancer treatment. There are no medals for "being brave." What does that mean anyway?

Surviving Cancer Won't Be My Biggest Accomplishment

Elise Frame | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

As I reflect on the one-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis, I don't really know how to feel or how to make sense of it. I survived it. I remember it every day, and will always live with the aftermath of it. Still, I must keep moving forward.

Cancer Is Not All I Have

Karin Diamond | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

Sometimes I want to leave it all, unable to handle the weight of my fate staring me in the face. But then good days come, and I forget about the cancer, the chemo, the infertility, so blinded by the gratitude that I get to be here, to do this, to enjoy this world and the people in it.

Running With Scars

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

During the one year from diagnosis to surgery, I read almost every cancer survivor book I could get my hands on. My go-to of yoga was nixed. And if this physical therapist, who was helping me to stand up straight without crying, said I should start running, maybe he was on to something.

A Patient Without Her Entourage

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

I am at my follow-up appointment in secret. Two years after finishing treatment, the novelty has long worn off. I didn't tell anyone this appointment was approaching. I almost forgot about it myself.

The Good Kind of Cancer?

Emma Kelly | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Emma Kelly

I vividly remember two or three different people telling me that I was lucky to have Hodgkin's, "the good kind of cancer." But no cancer is "good," and no treatment "easy," especially when you're the patient.

What If You Treated Everyone Like They Might Die Tomorrow?

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

We talk about not "sweating the small stuff" and "going with the flow," but how many of us really practice this in our lives? I don't know why any of us has to have a near death experience to chill the eff out -- it doesn't have to be that way, does it?

Talking About Your Cancer Experience

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

I found that being open allows people to really rise to the occasion when they know you're going through a hard time and aren't the superwoman/superman that you usually are. Your ability to be vulnerable and honest allows other people to feel free to be open as well.

Asking 'Why Me?' in a Different Way

Denise Tam | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was never angry with God nor did I ever ask "why me?" However during my three-year battle with cancer and with the world of cancer I have come to ask "why me?" -- just in a different way.

The 'Gift' of Cancer?

Jamie Bendola | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Bendola

Part of me knew it was coming and part of me thought I was crazy to even think I could have such a disease at 25. I'll never forget sitting in that room alone and wondering if I would make it to my 26th birthday. It's funny how your attitude about life can change when you realize yours could be taken away.

Dancing With Fear: A Day in My Life Without a Left Pelvic Bone

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I walk like a penguin, I think, chuckling at my short stride. Days ago I danced at a wedding. Historically I had been the loner watching the dance floor from afar, but this time I visited YouTube, where a smooth Asian gentleman taught me basic moves.

Cancer Turned Me Into a Hypochondriac

Kelly Bergin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

Last week I noticed a black speck on my arm. Yep, definitely cancer. Later, I noticed the spot was gone. Why do I torture myself like this? I suppose my medical history has taught me that my hunches are usually correct, but lately I seemed to be going crazier than usual.

A Complicated Relationship

Karin Diamond | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

My relationship with cancer will forever be evolving. I hope for a clean break. Yet, even when we say goodbye for good, it will take a long time to heal from the forever imprints our time together has made on my being -- a tattoo inked during a four-year (and counting) bender.

The Meaning in a Cancer Survivor's Yellow Shirt: Working to Prevent the Next Story of Despair

Paul Majkowski | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Paul Majkowski

My LRF colleagues and friends come back to the Lymphomathons each year, and will keep coming back until we see only yellow shirts; and we will continue to visit legislators for funding and vital cancer legislation.

Your Life, Like Mine, Might Be Touched by Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

At the age of 25, I knew but one distant, family friend who had been diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked to know it was me. My diagnosis taught me that it's exactly the possibility that you can't imagine that presents the biggest threat to your happiness and well-being.

Cancer's Best Friend: Fear

Molly Lindquist | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Molly Lindquist

Fear. We all deal with it at some point in our lives, but never had it been such an all-consuming part of my life until my cancer diagnosis.

The Debate We Need: How to Help People Live After Cancer

Doug Ulman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Doug Ulman

Survivorship as a treatment discipline means going beyond just medical care to equip people to thrive today as well as they can, both during that fight and beyond it. It is treating the whole patient, the abnormal cells spurring tumor growth as well as the day-to-day challenges that accompany them.

Today Was a Gift -- Until I Burned My Soup

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

It's days like today that I realize that sometimes the advice and outlook that I dish out from time to time isn't exactly the easiest to follow.

The Fight After the Fight

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one thing I really was prepared for was the fight during treatment. I knew I was going to have surgery. I knew I was going to get radiation. What I was not fully prepared for was everything that came after.