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I Had Cancer and This Is What Life After My Diagnosis Looks Like

Mailet Lopez | Posted 03.03.2017 | Impact
Mailet Lopez

Building IHadCancer.com has allowed me to be an angel for countless others, and now I want to take it a step further by really starting the conversation about life after diagnosis, so that the next person can fell more prepared for what's to come.

I Remember Rachel for Her Ferocity for Life, Not Cancer

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Now eight years after college I wonder if I could I ever do what Rachel did -- live with cancer without any possibility of a cure, all while never letting up on exclamation points?

With Weeks To Live, This Man Proposed From His Hospital Bed. His Young Widow Shares Their Beautiful Story

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living

"We were living a normal life, and the next thing you know, boom, Allen has a brain tumor." Linda Sim was just 25 when she got the news about her b...

So You've Had Cancer and a Heart Attack -- What Now?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I sat up and as much as I could, gathered the heart monitor's leeds to the side, and brought Aura's body sort of close to mine. I pressed her ear against my chest. We were speechless, so she might as well just listen to my heart, and I might as well just breathe.

Childhood Cancer: Collin's Epic Journey

Tanya Rasa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tanya Rasa

"What did I learn from my experience with cancer? It was not fun, but it gave me the ability to handle things better. Life can be hard, but you have to push through it and trust that God is in control. Give thanks to God every day for what you have. And do your best with it."

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

I Do Not Subscribe to Survivor Guilt

Dan Duffy | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

"Why did I survive? What's so special about me? I had much worse cancer than my uncle, or niece, or sister, or friend, or mom. Why am I still here?"

Imperfect Metaphors: Why I 'Beat Cancer,' But Don't Feel Like I Won Anything

Elise Frame | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

We use these imperfect metaphors to describe the indescribable experience of facing cancer, but I have to stop and wonder if these metaphors and clichés are doing more harm than good.

5 Things Everyone Should Know When First Diagnosed With Cancer

Ben Teller | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Ben Teller

There are many reasons I highly recommend not going to the Internet for answers, but the biggest one is that everybody's experience with cancer is different.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Gone Girl

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

My heart will come back a little stronger every day, but it will never be the same. There will always be the spot that Annie carved out, in my heart, and in my life. But she'll never be truly gone. Someone as special as Annie can never truly be gone for good. I will always have a place for Annie. Until we meet again.

When Pessimism Can Do Some Good

Denise Tam | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

They say optimism, positivity and affirmative thinking can get you places. Research shows a positive and happy mindset can not only help you achieve g...

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I'm out of the darkest part of the woods, sure. But society is making it particularly difficult to forget what happened to me. It's moving on beyond me and trying hard to lose me in its wake. I, like other young adult survivors, feel lost, alone, and confused.

Graduation Day: Dying From Cancer to Clean Scans in Six-Month Intervals

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

As a young adult cancer survivor, I will never stop worrying about dying before I've lived long enough to leave my mark, to positively affect the world, and do whatever other things my mother would no doubt disapprove of.

12 Life Lessons From A Cancer Diagnosis

Annie Buckley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

Cancer isn't the life adventure I would have chosen from a list of possibilities -- who would? -- but it is the one I got this time. And as it turns out, cancer had a lot to teach me.

Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

Pat Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

What I did to keep breathing is different from what someone else will choose to do. I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives... will it steal yours, too?

Remission With an *

Bret Hoekema | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Asterisks aside, no one on my medical team seems disappointed by the PET results. In the eyes of many, I am in remission. I will learn to accept this as good news. I'll continue to believe that I'm on the cusp of complete remission.

How Cancer Saved My Life

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

So while I curse cancer with every fiber of my being, this is the one and only time that I will ever say, "Thank you, cancer. Thank you for motivating me to get off my couch to kick your rectum sideways. 'Preciate you."

5 Important Things Caregivers Should Know

Karen Sewell | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Sewell

Fortunately, with some time behind me, I've found ways to enjoy life again. There's no rushing this process, dear caregivers, but if you trust that you'll get there, you will.

Diet and Exercise: One Way in Which I Have Embraced Doing What I Can to Keep Myself Healthy

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle Koeppel

I have learned that treating my body well has an enormous impact on my mental and emotional well-being. I have learned from the mistakes I have made, and know now that eating healthy and exercising are important, whether one has a genetic mutation or not.

Issues and Discussions Regarding When to Have Children and When to Start Removing Parts of My Body

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle Koeppel

At many points in the past 10 years, I have made decisions based on anxiety stemming from my mutation. I almost got married at the age of 24, not because I knew it was right, but in part because I thought if I did so, I could have children early and have a hysterectomy before the age of 30.

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.