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I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 56 People

    My Leukemia Journey

    I was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was 4 months old. They told my parents that I had a 1% chance to live. I am now 21 years old. I, unfortunately, ignored my cancer experience for 20 years now. It left such a burden on life while growing up. Now I am finally able to see the...
    DiscoverThePath DiscoverThePath 18-21, M Nov 4, 2012

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    I am a 26 year survivor of Wilm's Tumor!

    I have lasting effects and ongoing medical problems caused by my aggressive ℅ Rae of treatment–surgery, radiotherapy & chemotherapy (adriomycin, actinomyocin D, Vincristine, & Cytoxan. I'll continue this later because I have an appointment I need to get ready for. XOXO...
    stephysly stephysly 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    Diagnosis All

    I was sixteen when I was diagnosed with ALL.  The (not so) funny thing is that I think several of us knew I had it.  During the last part of my sophomore year, I started getting really tired.  My usual workout was running two miles a night with my two best...
    ippagoggy ippagoggy 31-35, F 3 Responses May 30, 2008

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    A.L.L

    Right before my third birthday I was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is a cancer that starts from white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow. I was young so I guess at first I didn't really grasp it...
    mzjen mzjen 31-35, F Oct 12, 2013

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    Im So Lucky To Be Here :)

    i was dignosed with leaukiemia when i was 6 was told my the doctor there was nothink wromg with me...astmha,chest infections,thatsall he said it was by the time it was found was hours away from death i was dignosed in april 2001 3 days after my 6th birthday and finished...
    imstillstanding101 imstillstanding101 16-17, F Jan 3, 2013

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    Had Osteosarcoma At Age 11

    When I was eleven years old I was diagnosed with cancer. How we found out about was I was playing basketball and kept having leg pain. My docotrs office told us to see a orthepedic. There was one where I live that I had gone to before because I broke my wrist when I was even...
    livelaughlove480 livelaughlove480 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2012

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    I have been cancer free

    for 23 years... and last Friday i did my FIRST ever relay for life, my victory lap! It was scary, and emotional, i fought back tears and at the same time felt numb and confused, it was all in all overwhelming, but i am glad i did it!
    JeanJR JeanJR 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 2, 2014

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    I've been reading some of these experiences

    with something about not being able to remember yourself before the diagnosis, but I can't seem to forget it or stop comparing it to myself now. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when I was 16, which was last year. I was volunteering at a hospital when I started having pain in...
    tiaa26 tiaa26 18-21, F Nov 28, 2014

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    Cancer Sucks!

    “You have cancer”. When I heard that on November 15,2011, I was devastated, terrified, and shocked. It all started on October 4th, 2011. I went to the dermatologist due to dandruff, and I also wanted to show her a weird bump on my scalp. It’d been there for five years...
    morgan505 morgan505 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30, 2013

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    Come Visit My Blog!

     I have a cool blog at : www.survivingsurviving.blogspot.com I am a three time survivor of Ewings Sarcoma and an amputee!!!! Come and share my story!
    angiebadge angiebadge 31-35 1 Response Apr 12, 2009

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    Perspective

    I didn't want to put this in my other post because I didn't write it, and it isn't really about me... but it could be.  I know at least a couple of my friends that have also survived childhood cancer feel this way, too.  I love the way it's written, but I admit that I...
    ippagoggy ippagoggy 31-35, F 1 Response May 30, 2008

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    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    When I was in 8th grade (13 yrs old-1979) I found a lump in my neck. My mom Immediately took me to the Dr.. After several tests they decided I needed a biopsy. From that they concluded that I had Hodgkins. They did exploratory surgery on my mid-section and removed my spleen while...
    Libazeth Libazeth 46-50 Mar 28, 2013

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    Meeting a SUPER GIRL

    Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was a teen who was just looking to get by with his best friend. I had a heart to care for others, but I never followed through with it. That all changed when I met this little five year old girl and her family during one of my rounds of...
    UndisclosedGoodGuy UndisclosedGoodGuy 18-21, M May 31, 2013

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    Survived?

    The diagnosis came when I was fifteen. And like all twists of fate, it abruptly ended a period and caused all that came before it to become some sort of a vaguely remembered, clearly exaggerated Golden Age. I was, for the first time in my life, head over heels in love, and as...
    umiayanami umiayanami 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 12, 2008

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    The 'C' Word

    I was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer at the age of 14. March 10th, 2011 to be exact. I had always thought I was invincible, nothing bad ever happened to me! Before my cancer my life was close to what you could call perfect. From March 10th 2011 until November...
    challege challege 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2011

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    Cancer's Dirty Little Secret

    Cancer's Dirty Little Secret For Survivors Under 40, Nothing's Changed By Matthew Zachary There's a dirty little secret in cancer. The past 30 years of research have yielded amazing strides. On the whole, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), remission rates...
    matthewzachary matthewzachary 31-35, M 9 Responses Dec 19, 2007

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    Luckily I was a baby

    and I don't remember anything. Retino blastoma is a rare and dangerous cancer of the eye, it's more common in kids. Because at the time Iran didn't have the right doctors we had to come to the UK. I have one false eye, and an eye with less than 20% vision, so I'm registered...
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99 16-17, F Jun 18, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    I have always supported finding a cure for Breast cancer, it runs in my family, and now even more, my mom has breast cancer, so even more now, I am supporting it even more. I want...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I don't know if I am a survivor...Yes I have a heartbeat, but am I really alive?? My first abuser was my father. He then created a ring of people. I don't know how I survived...
    CRPSsurviving CRPSsurviving 26-30, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I am a nice person who wants to try hard to make people happy but yes I was this girl in high school who was bullied. I was the girl everyone in my English class hated so much just...
    chrisscott515 chrisscott515 22-25, F 13 hrs ago

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    When i was about 3, my sister came to get me and told me that Sandy, an Indian man who lived with us, almost constantly since birth, until my parents separated in year 10, when i...
    PixieGrin108 PixieGrin108 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Let me explain something here. Cancer is serious and has SERIOUSLY become an issue in our society...but why is it so much more prevalent NOW? It is a proven fact that Cancer...
    vero423314 vero423314 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I've come to learn that one of the hardest things about being a survivor is not going back. People who aren't survivors and who don't know one have no idea that one of their "jokes...
    cheerdiva cheerdiva 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Am I a survivor I don't know I don't feel like one well I am living but that doesn't mean I am alive
    innocentsoul innocentsoul 18-21 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I was actually born with cancer. I had neroblastma which grew with me in the womb. I was very ill and developed pneumonia and other illnesses on top of the cancer and nearly lost...
    smiler2015 smiler2015 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I lost my mother and my best friend/biggest fan best supporter - God i miss her so much:( -to Cancer-. She was diagnosed in ***1986*** (stage 4) she was told she had 6 months to...
    nsight nsight 46-50, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I wish cancer research was about saving lives instead of making money. I get so angry everytime I see a commercial with sick and dying children prostituted out for the...
    TotalityOfMe TotalityOfMe 36-40, M 2 days ago

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    I have made two major attempts on my life, once at 17 and another at 27. (background: I have borderline personality disorder and PTSD. I started self harming at 13. I'm a survivor...
    BigBaddaBoom BigBaddaBoom 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    Hello...can someone face punch me and wake me the F%#$ up?!! The nightmare I warded off for the past 4 years is closing in on me...I have posted in the past several years ago about...
    mistygreene mistygreene 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I am louis paris, aged 59. once with this diabolical disease called cancer 'when I heard about the magical oil called cannabis oil decided to give it a try. But how to get became a...
    marijuanaoil170 marijuanaoil170 46-50 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've never been diagnosed with cancer, so from that perspective I cannot relate with many of you. My father died of lung cancer in 2009, and it was devastating for all of us, my...
    Nmajor Nmajor 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I am a cancer will be 22 July 2 any other cancer that has a prob. with anger or there temper
    josephpiper josephpiper 18-21 2 Responses a week ago

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    Prostrate Cancer, I know this is not the group to post this experience , but it's a subject many of us men don't talk about . The reason I'm posting this on here is , we all have a...
    JohnCrighton JohnCrighton 51-55, M Jun 25

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    Sexual abuse. I was sexually abused as a child and it's the biggest secret I have. I suppressed the memories because I was very young but I always had flashbacks. They came...
    Dezaria Dezaria 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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    Ever since I was about 4 or 5 Child Protective Services (CPS) had been called in on my family on an almost weekly basis, many of those calls being from extended family members. I...
    ScarletteTranevel ScarletteTranevel 22-25, F Jun 23

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    Just got of the phone my lovely cousin who has battled cancer for 2 years has just passed away , I would hope people will say a prayer for her , thankyou
    warnbronudist warnbronudist 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 22

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    I'm not into astrology, but this is me lolWistful, shy, and mysterious, Cancer is ruled by the Moon. A Cancer man is reserved when he first meets someone new and it will take many...
    PopMuzik PopMuzik 56-60, M 1 Response Jun 20

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    on the 10th November last year I lost my dad to cancer and tomorrow is going to be the first fathers day without him, I don't know how im going to cope, everyone believes im ok and...
    kimmy24 kimmy24 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 20

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    I lost my grandma four years ago (in August) She had breast cancer that spread throughout her whole body. She didn't even know she had anything wrong until she went to the doctor...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 20

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    I'm thirteen and my friend just got diagnosed with bone cancer. His leg gradually started to feel worse and we both just thought it was nothing. Then they found out he has cancer...
    reagan1017 reagan1017 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    my dad is at the end stages of hepatic cancer ,we discovered that too late ,i know he is suffering much but he can't stop blaming us psychologically I don't know what I supposed...
    cindrella15oo cindrella15oo 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    I have serious brain cancer concerns. Headaches, dizziness, cross-eyes, heavy head all the time, heart palpitations it's so bad it's there all the time. I'm scared I have brain...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Jun 19

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    It's getting worse my brain cancer is only getting worse and I need to do chemo for the 9th time this year I'm only 12
    photographyismylife photographyismylife 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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