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I Am a Cancer Survivor

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    There Are Days

    There are days like today, when I would like to forget that I had cancer. I get so furious with myself for thinking about it, talking about it, obsessing about whether or not it is coming back. I am angry everytime I take the daily pill to keep the C away. Yeah right, the pill is...
    mizea mizea 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 16, 2011

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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 3 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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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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    I'm A Vulvar Cancer Survivor!

    December 2, 2012 ago I received the worst diagnosis I could have ever imagined, I have Stage 3 Vulvar Cancer. I still do not think it has all sunk in yet as I am having a difficult time believing this could actually happen to me. I will begin treatments of Chemo and Radiation...
    jcrow216 jcrow216 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2013

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    When the Going Gets Tough...

    It has now been over three years that I am cancer free.  This is one of my biggest accomplishments in life.  Going through cancer, having surgery and then having radiation and chemotherapy treatments has made me a stronger person.  I do not sweat the small stuff...
    jewishprincess jewishprincess 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2008

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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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    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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    jonbz17 jonbz17 22-25, M 5 Responses Jan 21

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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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    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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    I had Cancer and still in pain often My

    employer docks my pay when I leave early and makes me change my appointments do I have any rights In the workplace because of Cancer ?
    dulce1219 dulce1219 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 10

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    "i'm Dancing On My Grave..." - Foo Fighters, Walk

    I am a survivor of a rare cartilage cancer. I had my surgery in February of 2011.  This month I went back for an MRI and it showed up cancer-free.  Thank you, Jesus!  I am now back in school and going for a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  So, even though I will have to spend...
    nudaydawning nudaydawning 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 20, 2012

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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 6 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    grayday104 grayday104 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 7

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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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    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 am a liver cancer survivor.

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

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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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    Two Time

    Once at 3 and again at 17/19. At Three it was Leukemia and at 17/18 Chondro Sarcoma. Which is a rare tumor mainly only found in 60+ year olds, doctor couldn't prove it but thought the chemo that saved me at 3 is what made the tumor grow inside me for 15 years. It was inside and...
    mzjen mzjen 26-30, F Oct 12, 2013

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    I Am A Leukemia Survivor....But Affects Of Tx Are Rough

    I 've been in remission now for 3 yrs after battling b-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I'm so grateful to be alive and get to raise my kids and love my husband that I feel ungrateful complaining about the after effects of all the chemo and other treatments that have wrecked...
    amc92 amc92 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2013

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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 Can't Complain.

    When I was eleven I was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma. To put it more simply, I had a malignant brain tumor. Looking back I really can't complain about much. I was lucky to have survived, and I'm lucky it hasn't come back. I had been having headaches for awhile, and...
    Quartic Quartic 18-21, M Sep 7, 2013

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    Ten Years On Ovarian Cancer

    Diagnosed in 2003 with Stage III Ovarian cancer (epithelial), things seemed pretty grim. My doctors encouraged me but (all in all) it was pretty clear that I was not facing a picnic with very great odds. After radical surgery (debulking), I started a new regimen of CarboPlatin...
    JSayler JSayler 70+ 1 Response Apr 7, 2013

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    Ilovemykids77 Ilovemykids77 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 20

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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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    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 Too Am A Cancer Survivor!

    See all my blogs to share my most recent Journey. I am happy to say after years of battling this disease I am finallycancer free and ready for what I truly believe is my final transplant.  Sure I know there are odds and I know there isalways a possibility that is could resurface...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 21, 2012

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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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    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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    Between East And West My Testimonial

    I was 24 when i was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, 10 years ago i was diagnosed a fibrocystic sickness, i took two surgeries and the doctor in that time said to my mom the suggestion to careful to me because maybe in one future it could be to get a Breast Cancer, i think my story...
    Jatalina Jatalina 26-30, F Oct 25, 2013

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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 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 23

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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 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 10 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    Today

    Today is supposed to be a good day. It is my 4yr Colon Cancer Survivor Anniversary. I'm supposed to be happy, but I'm so miserable. This time last year, I was so happy! Hell, a few weeks ago, I was happy. But, now I don't have you, so I'm not. Knowing you are halfway around...
    Itsmytime2be Itsmytime2be 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 15, 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 2 Responses Feb 21

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    DunnoWhatImDoingHere DunnoWhatImDoingHere 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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    Skin Cancer

    A year and a half ago during a surgery I needed they discovered I had Squamous cell carcinoma. They checked me afyer surgery to see if maybe they had it all. Unfortuneatly there was a small spot that was missed. I kept going to see my cancer dr to check if it was spreading. It...
    dave61 dave61 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 14, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Day That Changed My Life

    Back in 2006 I went to the doctor and was told that I had a fissure and that I needed to have it removed. She operation was for Feb the 14, 2006. Just another day and nothing to worry about.  Well, I was wrong.  The very next day my doctor called to tell me that I had...
    wobbie wobbie 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 13, 2010

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    I Have No Testicles. A Love Story

    I was born with two fine, working, sometimes itchy but otherwise healthy testicles. They hurt when kicked, got blue when severely neglected, and looked fantastic. Such is the vanity of Man, I suppose. I got my first Testicular cancer when I was 23, after I left the Marine Corps...
    Tdcjr52 Tdcjr52 31-35 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    I survived cancer 5 yrs ago

    and for some reason I'm angry depressed and my memory is in a fog at times I don't know why I feel this way ? I should b grateful I'm alive ! Anyone else feels this way ?
    dulce1219 dulce1219 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    Alternatives Available But Expensive

    My son was diagnosed with GBM at the age of 19 in December 2011. He was diagnosed after a massive brain bleed, and had to learn to walk again. He lost the use of his left arm, and walked with a limp as partial muscle signalling was lost from the brain. After he underwent chimo...
    LiamOs LiamOs 22-25, F Sep 26, 2013

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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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    I Have Survived Cancer 3 Times Since Birth. I Am 53 Now...

    53 years ago, I was born with Neuroblastoma - a cancer that was then lethal. I was only 8 months old when I was operated on. The tumor was huge, on the left upper part of my abdomen and crept under my ribs and into my spine. After being under anesthesia for 4 hours, I was about...
    Aloneagainat53 Aloneagainat53 51-55, F 5 Responses Jul 1, 2012

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    28 Years Ago Today, I Developed Symptoms of Cancer.

    It was a Thursday, that week we were off school for state-wide in-service, the night before I'd played Star Wars with my first cousin in his unfinished basement, it was his birthday and he had just turned 5 and I was 7. It was 1980, well before many of you were alive.  ...
    Chemo1980 Chemo1980 31-35 6 Responses Oct 16, 2008

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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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    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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    No disease scares anyone much more than a diagnosis of most cancers. You will find several sorts of scarce flu as well as meningitis that you'll have considered, but most cancers...
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    I lost my father to cancer on February 8, 2014 . I was just shy of turning 16 . He's missed so much in these past 2 1/2 months . I think it gets harder everyday . He should be...
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    A 2 time survivor. I am fair skinned and susceptible to skin cancer. As a golfer, that's a big concern. I have had friends with minor skin lesions which were easily taken care of...
    lakeluver lakeluver 66-70, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Among the scariest items about most cancers is always that it could distribute and turn into infinitely harder to combat the for a longer time is continues to be untreated. But as...