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Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed at 16: What Having Childhood Cancer Taught Me

Julia Hernandez | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Julia Hernandez

Four years later, I still remember the feeling that took over my family and me on Valentine's Day 2010. And every year my friends know that I might need some extra chocolate or a bigger hug to get through the day.

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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.

Everything Doesn't Happen for a Reason

Melissa Miller | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miller

I no longer believe in karma. I've seen too much. I don't like the expression "everything happens for a reason." Try telling that to someone who has lost a child or a spouse or a friend.

To Matthew

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Dearest Matthew, Do you remember how it snowed on the night that we met? Your eyes met mine, and in that moment, it felt as if I had found you aga...

Lifting Young Adult Cancer Survivor Baggage

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

You're too short for her. No amount of ambition, personality or strength will change her mind. One repetition down. She thinks you're weak and sick because of your limp. She needs a guy who will beat her in a 5k and you can't run ever again. Two repetitions down.

Dying to Be Me Author, Anita Moorjani, on Healthy, Fearless Living

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

Anita Moorjani has a recipe to fight cancer that might catch some by surprise. The New York Times bestselling Dying to be Me author revived from a...

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

Kevin Lankes | Posted 03.12.2014 | 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.

To My Son

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Your mama was diagnosed with cancer one week before your second birthday. It was Stage IV lymphoma, and my PET scan lit up like a Christmas tree.

Be Brave

Amanda Evans-Clark | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Evans-Clark

It's the best advice a friend sent me today. To be honest, I feel like it's our only option -- be brave. What else can you do when a doctor tells you you're dying?

The Truth About Heroes and Cancer

Kevin Lankes | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

If you think someone is a hero for surviving cancer, or courageous, or inspiring, then you're part of the problem. You're doing it wrong. Anyone can survive cancer. And anyone can die from it.

The Loneliness of Cancer

Lisa Masters | Posted 03.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I am by nature an optimist. I am strong. I usually keep the sadness of myself to myself. I tell you that I'm not terminal and that I believe a cure will be found in time. I so want that to be true. I have Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.

I Left My Husband Immediately After My Cancer Diagnosis

Posted 03.02.2014 | Divorce

By Lizzy Smith for I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January 2012 and immediately upon diagnosis, I...

Conquering Kili With Love

Marc Middleton | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Yes, it was beautiful, but we weren't here to look. We were here to climb, and through that prism, it was a huge, foreboding, snow-covered monolith that seemed impossible to reach let alone climb and summit.

A Cancer Patient's Guide to Wedding Planning

Pauline Lewis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Pauline Lewis

Planning a wedding is an expensive and logistically complicated undertaking, and it is often the first (and only) large party you will throw. But you should never feel inferior, whether it's because you are in a wheelchair, can't afford a photobooth, or simply don't give a damn about the centerpieces.

Remission Rites

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Stoller

Remission puts you in the indeterminate space between health and illness, a space that can be fraught with doubt, anxiety and fear -- of cancer's return.

Knocking Out Adversity With Boxing Champion Terri Moss

Erin Havel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Erin Havel

As a young adult cancer survivor, I personally believe we need to hear as many triumph stories as we can find. It helps to know others have made it through difficulty and succeeded in their goals. I recently had the privilege of interviewing female boxing champion, Terri Moss.

Cancer: The Daily Grind

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

I want to live more than I'm annoyed by the setbacks, more than I feel afraid. I've got something important to do, and I need to get better to do it. Maybe just by sharing what I'm going through I'm doing it. What other choice do I have?

The Cancer Card

Jamie Bendola | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Bendola

I can take a joke. I've told other survivors to "pull the cancer card" -- I think it's more of a joke than anything else between those fighting and survivors. HOWEVER, if you're not in our cancer club, I suggest you don't make a joke about us pulling our cancer cards.

Things I've Wondered Since Being Diagnosed With Cancer

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

I've wondered, is this real? Is this really happening? Is this just a dream? I've wondered what you would all think of me if you knew, despite the positivity in my recent writing, that at my worst moments I've cried because I've been in such physical pain, that I've cried because I've felt sorry for myself.

The 4 Stages Of Breast Cancer Recovery

Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

By Kelly Corrigan Seven years ago, Kelly Corrigan called a truce with cancer—only to discover that, in important ways, she was still in the...

The Magic and Wonder of Surviving Cancer

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

As a cancer survivor myself, she's reminded me that despite the pain that cancer can bring, there's still a place for hopes and dreams. If I let myself marvel in the magic and happiness of life -- maybe some of that pixie dust will keep floating in.

Moving Forward, or at Least Trying to, With Uncertainty After Cancer

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

I have started to learn that confronting my fears and issues surrounding moving forward and dealing with cancer is much more positive for me then trying to push past it. It really is hard, and I always feel emotionally drained after each session.

Love Is... (Holy Shit, I Have Cancer)

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Love is when the CT scan comes back, and the doctor carefully, gently, sits down on the gurney next to me and asks if I would like to read it with him. Love is when I know this cancer will hurt, and will make me sick, but it will not kill me.

How I Dealt With Breast Cancer, From Betsey Johnson (VIDEO)

Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas

When fashion designer Betsey Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, she found out on the day of her big, annual company Christmas party which she h...

To My Next 30 Cancer-Free Years

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I counted the days after cancer surgery until I could eat Cinnabon and wear my favorite yellow Adidas pants. I sometimes counted how much of my life was stolen by cancer, how far behind I was and how fast I'd have to catch up.