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I Am a Cancer Survivor

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    Hey I need help. it's URGENT!

    My doctor was concerned in the past because my last blood test my thyroid was on the line. Not bad not good but she was worried it was getting worse since things were happening and the blood test was a year ago. I've been having symptoms my doctor said I need to get a blood test...
    shybutkindd shybutkindd 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    Almost two years in remission!

    Uterine cancer stage 1 B
    DanielleHolmes DanielleHolmes 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    Second year of college (five years ago now) I

    was diagnosed with cancer. As cancer's go, mine was pretty safe. I was given a 95% survival chance, and my chemo treatments had only mild effects on me. I am so grateful to be alive, but I almost feel like I don't deserve to bear the title "cancer survivor." Like I had such a...
    Franklee206 Franklee206 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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    Waking up is the worst thing

    for me. The first thing I remember are all the numbers that the doctors told me 75% chances of surviving at first, then it went down to 5%. I know I don't have anymore cancer cells in my body. But the experience and the scars are there. I feel lonely, angry, scared... some say...
    GuillermoJ GuillermoJ 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma

    cancer when I was 6 weeks old. At 6 months I had an operation to removed my adrenal glands and now life dependant on steroids. I'm now 24 years old. There needs to be more awareness about this childhood cancer, along with life saving treatment that will save lives as well as...
    PicassoSan PicassoSan 22-25, F Dec 15, 2013

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    Adversity Is An Amazing Motivator

    I was only in my twenties when I learned I had ovarian cancer.  The oncologist said I was lucky they caught it.  I went through a complete hysterectomy and endless rounds of chemo.  (For the record, I am not one of those people who can rock bald!) ...
    Pix Pix 41-45, F 9 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Double Orchiectomy

    My story isn't very long. I have had testicular cancer twice. Once in 2005, and once in 2010. Both times resulted in the loss of a testicle. I now have none. I cannot have children now, and since the testosterone medicine is so expensive I do not take it. I guess I am glad...
    ManiacalTom ManiacalTom 31-35, M 7 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    Unfinished Business

    well as odd as this is going to seem, and the fact that I am doing this on my phone text to speech. of all of the sexual things I could have written about first, I will do this story and add and edit when I can. in early November 2011 I was diagnosed with cancer. I underwent...
    thepaidtourists thepaidtourists 61-65 15 Responses Jan 20, 2013

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    I am a liver cancer survivor.

    4 years remission!
    bzimmerman bzimmerman 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Road To Recovery

    In Aug '11 I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. At that time I was given a 28% 5yr survival rate...which later dropped down to 18%. I was told to prepare for the worst. I had to deal with the nightmare of preparing a will & the guardianship of my only child. Having to explain...
    hadyourchance hadyourchance 31-35, F 22 Responses Jan 30, 2013

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    Cancer Info

    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are...
    sweetpleasure sweetpleasure 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 26, 2013

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    jonbz17 jonbz17 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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    Kind Of Funny..... Not....

    Kind of funny, not. You wake up one morning feeling fine... Go to the toilet.. Oh oh my pee looks like watery tomato soup. (Sorry if it's yo much info). Off to the doctors, tests, scans. Cancer in the bladder.... I'm young and fit they say.... Way to young for this type of cancer...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 25, 2013

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    Cancer Change My Life

    Hi Everyone that's will be my first experience share it here I wish it will be helpful to you first the English is not my mother language so I'm so sorry if there is any wrong in my story OK let's start years ago before I got cancerous my name is Adel I'm 25 years old I'm from...
    adel88 adel88 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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    I am a cancer survivor,

    I was diagnosed with early staged ovarian immature teratoma. I was recommended 2 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy. I took it so unwell and not it's 2 weeks post chemo and I feel like I'm loosing my mind, I was never told these side effects so I don't know what is normal. I have...
    stephy23 stephy23 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    grayday104 grayday104 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 7

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    Survivorhood

    I, like all you out there, would not have invited cancer in invade my body, but it did anyway. Noone in their right mind wants to go there. The exception may be those watching a child or spouse go through it. I can understand wanting to go through it instead of them. But...
    ColorMeReal ColorMeReal 41-45, F 15 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    I've always been a little depressed

    or had problems growing up due to my family life. I recently survived Breast Cancer stage 3A which you'd think would have made me glad to be alive and happy to change and love my life. I am happy to be alive so happy and I fought my *** to to survive. Now I feel more depressed...
    kelbellynn kelbellynn 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 3

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    Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Stage Iv

    On June 8th 2006 I was diagnosed with stage IV nasopharyngeal carcinoma. After concomitant chemo and radiation, I've survived five years since that time. God is Awesome. There has been some ugly side effects from this awful disease. I hope to learn from you and more importantly...
    000180457W 000180457W 26-30 6 Responses Jun 28, 2011

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    I am a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor (stage IVB)

    who was diagnosed in 2012 and went through R-CHOP chemotherapy and an autologous bone marrow transplant. I received a CR from my doctor based on a PET-scan in March 2013. I am currently looking for work, and I was wondering whether there is a survivor's job network or bulletin...
    yotakeda yotakeda 41-45, M Feb 6

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    Life Saving, Life Changing!

    In spring 1998, when I was 40, I discovered a lump in my right breast, which later was diagnosed as invasive lobular and ductal carcinoma, stage 3B. The news was devastating, as I had already lost my left...
    MegWolff MegWolff 46-50, F 8 Responses Nov 10, 2007

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    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011,

    went through 6 months of chemotherapy after the mastectomy operation
    Ntediseng Ntediseng 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 22, 2013

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    You took my Aunt 3 years

    before you extended your dark, suffocating grasp around everything that I, at 17, embraced. You made me think I was pregnant, and you made me feel so afraid and alone. You spread through my body, silent...deadly...leaving damage and turmoil in your path. You made them have...
    DoubleDoxie DoubleDoxie 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    I am 6 years in remission

    since I was diagnosed with cancer July 2, 2007. I sometimes forget all the troubles I went through learning to accept myself for who I am rather than what I look like or what I can or cannot do. I was reminded of these troubles today on Christmas Eve 2013, while cleaning up my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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    I had Hodgkin's lymphoma

    when I was 22 and then Non-Hodgkin's when I was 30. Every time I go to a new doctor they are shocked that I had both types. I've been remission since 2011.
    ItsTheSmallThingsInLife ItsTheSmallThingsInLife 31-35, M Jun 6

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    Am I A Cancer Survivor.

    I dont know if I qualify as a cancer survivor , but I feel as though sould.About ten years ago my wife Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer, on hearing that word I was absolutely devastated. I thought the end of our world had come , After a couple of operations  and a ...
    alvin521 alvin521 61-65, M 23 Responses Jan 14, 2010

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    Dealing With Being A "Survivor"

    Does anyone else have issues dealing with all the after effects of being a survivor? Sometimes I really wonder if I wouldn't have been better off not living through it. The long term effects, not just of the disease itself but from all the chemo and radiation... I think cancer...
    Gwen1982 Gwen1982 46-50, F 5 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    Survived Cancer With The Hoxsey Diet Treatment No Chemo And No Radiation

    Survived Cancer with the Hoxsey diet treatment no chemo and no radiation. I have been 13 years cancer free. It has taken lots of discipline with respect to my diet but no bad side effects like chemo or radiation. And very reasonably priced, actually very inexpensive compared to...
    corazon77 corazon77 51-55, F 4 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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    I survived stage 3 colon cancer.

    .with colostomy bag at the age of 38. Carried my tumor for 5 yrs before they found it because of myself being female and only 33 when started. By time they found it tumor rippid threw bowel and sigmoid colon..left not one inch not perforated. I felt death withen me and no...
    wickedone72 wickedone72 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    Ilovemykids77 Ilovemykids77 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    2 Time, Now 5+ Years Melanoma Stage 4 Survivor!

    It seems to me that more and more people outlive their cancer now.  No longer is it automatically a death sentence to get the diagnosis.
    hopefullyhumble hopefullyhumble 56-60, M 3 Responses Nov 28, 2011

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    I Was Way Too Young When I Got Cancer

    I was only 21 when I got diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. I had 6 surgeries including a mastectomy and 17 rounds of chemo over 6 months. It doesn't even run in my family.... I am stronger from the experience but I'll never be the same person. I live in constant fear if it...
    Inglinkkkk Inglinkkkk 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 7, 2013

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    EvadingDeath EvadingDeath 46-50, M 1 Response May 29

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    I have been cancer free

    for 8 years now it's great I'm 16 and have my whole life ahead
    Peedripping2 Peedripping2 13-15, M 3 Responses Jul 18

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    I Was Only 17!

      I know that I didn't HAVE cancer yet...but was on a one way street to getting it and was very close to the turn for cancer when I found out....this is my story, sans many emotions I can not express into words...... When I was 17 years old I went in for my yearly pap test...
    dreamin2183 dreamin2183 21-25, F 9 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    I had cancer twice ..

    I lost people... the girl I loved died from cancer... friends died from cancer ... I lost many things I lost things in my body and in my mind ... I think I lost my mind...
    Ale93 Ale93 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 30

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    People don't understand

    that cancer changes you for life, I had cancer and have survived so far, it cost me my house and my job it destroyed my life and leaves me thinking why did I bother fighting it
    phototed54 phototed54 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    Survivor of Cancer

      I lost my husband my best friend to Cancer over two years ago, helping him go through the chemo, Radiation and the endless trips to the hospital and Dr.'s offices was hard. He was given day to weeks to live and we eeked out 9 and a half great productive months with the...
    grams grams 56-60, F 25 Responses Jan 12, 2008

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    I was diagnosed with leukemia

    when I was five. A month later the doctors said I was in remission. I went through two more years of chemo and radiation. Now I am 9 years in remission.
    Wallflower5906 Wallflower5906 13-15, F 5 Responses Jun 22

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    I am a cancer surviver.

    I had an embryonal sarcoma of the liver and I have many scars that tell my story. When I came out of my treatments and moved to a new state and began to like one of my best friends, I grew afraid of my scars. But now we're dating and he tells me how beautiful they are and how...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F 1 Response May 19

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    Testicular Cancer

    I survived it in 94. The same thing Lance Armstrong (multiple Tour De France winner) had. Personally, I dont care for his public service announcements, making him sound like he did something great by surviving it. I was lucky enough to have the head of oncology at Chapel Hill, N...
    tat2doc tat2doc 51-55, M 6 Responses Mar 5, 2009

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    Hodgkin's Disease/lymphoma

    January 14th 2007 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I know the symptoms leading up to it was heavy coughing. And in the months prior to being diagnosed I was getting severe night sweats. I would wake up with my clothes stuck to me like I jumped in the pool with them on...
    LoveIsAddictedToMe LoveIsAddictedToMe 26-30, M 4 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    Fight Like Hell

    ~Cancer, one word, one six letter freaking word and everything changed. I remember staring blankly at my doctor it almost felt as if he was speaking another language as if this was some colossal joke that the universe decided to play on me. Cancer, I tried to wrap my mind around...
    smalltownminnesota smalltownminnesota 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 20, 2011

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    Two time breast cancer survivor Stage II,

    right breast in 2007 and stage III, left breast in 2013
    jgeorge68 jgeorge68 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 15

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    DunnoWhatImDoingHere DunnoWhatImDoingHere 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 15

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    When I was about four years old I was diagnosed

    with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Along with this I also had a stroke, who knows how many radiation treatments and about a dozen other complications and treatments. Even to this day I still have complications from my treatments. Almost my whole left Sid is under developed so...
    theartist102 theartist102 22-25, M Aug 1

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    A Sad Tale

    On Friday, the 8th of November, I lost my last surviving grandparent to Cancer... but she lived a full life.. passing away at 96. I just hope I can live that long. 
    TimmAllen TimmAllen 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 19, 2013

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    TWICE. I had stage IIIc Ovarian

    and within a year I had Mucos epidermoid carcinoma. Survived them both and am in full remission. Tons of side effects of course, anyone who has cancer knows it lives with you forever but the cancer itself lies dormant right now...
    AnnieAlways AnnieAlways 41-45, F Feb 21

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    Related Experiences

    Today, September 15, is my 5 year cancer survivor anniversary! The day that most cancer survivors are considered cured! I was lucky mine was caught early, so that I only had to go...
    Itsmytime2be Itsmytime2be 41-45, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I lost 2 members of my family while we r struggling to get out of our burning house , it was horrible .. It hurts that they didn't make it .. It's true we took them out of the...
    farnoush farnoush 26-30, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    It started out as a fever and then it turned out to be lymphoma. She survived, agains the odds. There was a relapse five years ago. She was a survivor. It's fingers circled around...
    unravelling unravelling 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Victim"...I hate that word. We are not "victims". We are some of the strongest, bravest women to walk the earth. We are survivors.  We are not stray helpless animals, we are the...
    TriciaFL TriciaFL 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 29

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