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Why Are Many Young People Who Never Smoked Getting Lung Cancer?

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

Anyone who knew her would tell you that Jill Costello hated to lose. She was a fierce competitor as the coxswain for the CAL Berkeley crew team and th...

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.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We're the Metsters

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that's it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn't be farther from the truth.

What To Say (And Not To Say) To Someone With Cancer

Dr. Nikhil Joshi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nikhil Joshi

Is thinking positive and cultivating a happy and balanced outlook important to people with cancer? Absolutely. Is telling someone else to think positive even the slightest bit helpful? Not at all. And don't get me started on The Secret.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Another Day, Another Diagnosis

Seporah Raizer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

I was understandably upset by this new diagnosis of lymphedema. It happened to be April Fool's Day and yes, part of me was hoping that this was just one colossal prank the universe was praying on me. But it's real and devastating to me.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Brownies or Bust

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If you're not a doctor, please don't offer me medical advice. If you don't have cancer, don't tell me how I should be living my life. And actually, as a general rule, if you're not ME, don't tell me how I should be living MY life.

I'm Playing Cancer Before It Plays Me

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've been preparing myself for battle since I was a 5th grader fighting it out on the basketball court. I've been slowly building my armor from the day I was born. And although I might still be young in your eyes, I can guarantee you a war in which I will be victorious.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Cancer Is Not a Competition

Seporah Raizer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Cancer is not a competition. Oh, well, it is if you ask Official Pancreatic Action -- their latest ad campaign features a picture of a woman, with a bald head (presumably from chemo), and next to her is a quote, "I wish I had breast cancer."

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: To Womb It May Concern

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women
Seporah Raizer

Most of the articles I see about young women with cancer are about women who are mothers-- which is tragic, and breaks my heart every time I read them. But what you don't read about as often is about young women who were childless at diagnosis, and will remain childless due to cancer treatment.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Awareness Is the New Ignorance

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

People go around showing off their new pink swag like they're the bee's knees, but ask them what the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer are, or if they've heard of triple negative breast cancer, or lymphedema, and you'll get a blank stare and a change of subject.

Organic Life Post-Treatment

Kate Sievers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Sievers

I've learned many things post-cancer. Some things I've been doing right, but there are some of the things I've been doing have been wrong this whole time.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Pinktober Shminktober

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

How the hell is a "Save the Tatas" mug supposed to save a life? In truth, it should say, "Save your money, go home, get naked, and check yourself not just for lumps, but for ALL the signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate breast cancer."

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Insurance Companies, and Other Things That Suck

Seporah Raizer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Insurance companies suck. Anyone disagree? No? Good, let's continue. They want you to die, don't they? Okay, maybe that seems a little harsh, but that's what it feels like to me every time I hear the word "denied." I'm sure by the end of this post, if you put yourself in my shoes, you'll feel the same way.

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.

What Happened at the OMG 2013 Stupid Cancer Summit for Young Adults

Erin Havel | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Cancer can and does happen to adolescents and young adults. We are not an anomaly, we are not being punished for something we've done, we are not lazy. Unless we authentically show ourselves to those who do not understand young adult cancer, nothing will change.

This 9-year-old Cancer Survivor Is Taking Back the Term 'Bucket List' (PHOTO)

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Seamus McKiernan

This 9-year-old cancer survivor is on a mission to take back the term "bucket list." One game of "messy twister" at a time. Maya, a third grader from Ohio who is battling a rare form of leukemia, wants to share her "bucket list for summer 2013" (below) to inspire others -- healthy or sick, old or young -- to get busy living.

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.

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.

Giving a Big Fat Finger to Cancer

Seporah Raizer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Once you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, the word "worry" takes on a life of its own. You worry about the treatment working, the cancer coming back, the cancer spreading, how you're supposed to live a "normal" life. You worry. But you live. Because you have to.

My Health Insurance Nightmare

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

I can hear the collective sighs of all of us who have been through the ringer when it comes to health insurance companies. My first phone call was to our health insurance company for pre-approval (cue scary music). No really, think Norman Bates scary.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. I was 30 years old. I had no insurance. I was screwed.

Valleys: New Webseries About Cancer and Life (TRAILER)

Mike Lang | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Cancer has a profound effect on everyone: friends, family, colleagues -- not just the person who is diagnosed. Follow the eye-opening and powerful journey as Amy, a cancer survivor, and her best friend raft the Grand Canyon and discover important truths about living with cancer.

No Grades for Cancer: Redefining Success as a Student

Elise Frame | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

When I was diagnosed with cancer in the middle of college, I threw myself into the study of being a "good" cancer patient. But it didn't take long for me to realize that cancer doesn't play favorites with the teacher's pets.

Why I Choose 'Survivor' Over 'Victim'

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjoriet T. Matute

"Survivor" by definition is a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died. So clearly I am a survivor, considering that after receiving chemotherapy and radiation I am still here. But why do I feel guilty?

Keeping in Shape During Cancer -- Artistically

Robert Johnston | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Johnston

Cancer can present many challenges to a person, one of which is staying in shape. My medical team asks every single time I'm in for a follow up if I'm exercising. My way of staying in shape is taking adult ballet classes.