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Cancer Survivor

Planning for an Uncertain Future

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

I fought cancer, and was fortunate to win, but I had to start over. How do I make a new plan? The uncertainty that comes with being in remission, as well as many of the financial difficulties for the future are ever-present. How do you plan for the future, when yours (like mine) is so uncertain?

5 World Cancer Day Stories That Will Make You Laugh And Cry

Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact

Talia Joy Castellano, a 13-year-old and battling two aggressive forms of cancer, was named the "honorary face" of Cover Girl after her makeup tutorial...

Don't Bother Me If You Stub Your Toe

Alicia Garey | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Alicia Garey

I'm still absorbing the impact and distilling the multitude of details that became the focus of last year. I'm still growing my eyelashes back (nature is funny like that), and there are a couple of fun-filled appointments with my plastic surgeon in the near future.

Career, Interrupted: Facing Cancer in Your Twenties

Tiffany Williams | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Williams

Young adults face a slew of unique challenges when it comes to cancer -- from dating and sex, to finances, to career interruptions, to the fact that our cure rates haven't caught up with other age groups. We juggle all this while trying to stay alive at the same time.

Telling Your Children About Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

A golden rule that we learned in kindergarten is still a golden rule: Honesty is the best policy. Both of my boys, ages 6 and 4, know that I had cancer, and they know that I have to get checked every year to make sure that it doesn't come back.

The Pursuit of Happiness: You Are Not Your Cancer

Woody Roseland | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Woody Roseland

Cancer patients tend to bond with the pain they've gone through. They identify with their greatest pain because it's also their greatest victory. But you are not the car you drive, you are not how much money you have in the bank, you are not your khakis, and you are not your cancer.

Living the New Normal After Cancer

Sanyu Janardan | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Sanyu Janardan

After months of chemo and radiation, I walked out of my last day of chemo and radiation and was so excited, thinking it was all finally over. Physically, I was feeling better each day. But mentally, I was fighting a whole new battle. It was harder for me to relate to kids my own age.

Life on Planet Cancer

Beth Pointer | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

I am an alien -- any young adult who has gone through cancer is. But being at First Descents was the first time in the last year that I felt like maybe I wasn't alone on my planet.

The Allure of Pain Meds

Kelly Bergin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

It wasn't until after my surgery for cancer at 21 that I took my very first painkiller. But like many others before me, I made the fatal error of mistaking drugs for happiness.


Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

Sometimes doing everything you can is not enough. Sometimes your best isn't good enough. Sometimes things don't work out the way you want. Sometimes it just isn't fair.

Why I Created a One-on-One Cancer Support Network

Jonny Imerman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonny Imerman

Although I had my network of support in my family, friends and doctors, once I started introducing myself to these fellow cancer fighters I realized that they were providing me something valuable that my caregivers could not

No Longer the Sick Kid: Living Without Regrets

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I also used to hide that I survived Ewing's sarcoma (bone cancer) at 17 years old and myelodysplasia (bone marrow cancer) at 19. Now nearly 10 years cancer-free, rules help me live a complete and genuine life.

You Look Great; You'd Never Know

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

Sometimes they say, "You don't look sick at all. You'd never know."

For now I know it's true.

An Awkward Talk That May Save Your Son's Life

Jim Higley | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Higley

Stop. Right now. And think of some of the young men in your life. Maybe it's your own son. How about that cute kid down the street who is always outside shooting hoops? Would you be surprised to hear that those guys are in the number one age group for testicular cancer?

The Cure for Fear

Meghan Brennan | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Brennan

Yes, surviving cancer takes the sting out of bad hair days and flat tires, but it also creates a sort of hyper-vigilance with regard to potential suffering -- whether on dates, at work, or even at a family meal.

After Cancer, Returning to the Workplace

Shelley Nolden | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

Grocery bills, health insurance premiums and mortgage payments don't stop when cancer strikes. Fortunately, neither do dreams nor ambition. Returning to work after cancer treatment can be both gratifying and challenging.

When I Realized That Cancer Could Kill Me

Beth Pointer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

I am not in control. My oncologist is not in control. Cancer controls my schedule. No one else. And cancer decided to fucking remind me that these days are not mine to plan. These days are only mine to appreciate and take the most pleasure and joy from as possible.

Tips for Sharing a Cancer Diagnosis With Your Children

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

In the dizzying days after a cancer diagnosis there is so much emotion that it might be hard to think about what to do. But for those of us who are parents, helping children adjust to this news is vital.

5 Reasons Why First Descents Should Be Called F'in Dynamite

Craig Stein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig Stein

Missing a leg from extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma? A colon from adenocarcinoma? The ability to walk from meningioma on the brain? Well, hate to tell you, but no one is feeling sorry for you. First Descents is here to empower you to begin "outliving it."

Climbing Cancer Mountain

Marjorie Malpass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Malpass

Challenged by the river, I learned that the trick to kayaking is the same trick I used to navigate my illness -- you flow. Fighting against the current lands you upside-down, underwater, with your head bouncing against rocks.

Everything I Need to Know About Cancer I Learned From Lollapalooza

Beth Pointer | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

According to my oncologist, I'm stuck over here at Stage 4, listening to a lame Gin Blossoms cover band that he says is called "Follicular Lymphoma." What? I've heard of worse band names at Lollapalooza.

The Isolation Of Cancer

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

How I handle metastatic cancer matters. "Doing it right" doesn't mean I have to be positive all the time. But it means I have to be honest.

WATCH: My Date Freaked Out Over My Brain Cancer

Posted 12.04.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Matthew Zachary, the founder and CEO of Stupid Cancer (also known as The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation) joined HuffPost Live host Alyona M...

A Letter to the Daughter Whose Death Saved My Life

Shelley Nolden | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

Dear Lily Elizabeth, I never held you, yet my heart will hold you always. You became our baby angel, While sucking your thumb, in my womb. In a...

How She Overcame Cancer To Dance With The Rockettes! (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Hannah Orenstein | Posted 12.03.2012 | Teen

When 19-year-old Hillary Husband dances, she flashes a bright smile and exudes energy. Unless you knew about her five-year struggle with cancer, you w...