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I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 50 People

    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Dec 19, 2007

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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 1 Response Jun 2

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    If it weren't for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital I wouldn't be here today. I was only 2 years old when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer. I was the first patient at St. Jude with this type cancer to survive, all the kids before me had died. I only had to have 3...
    SexyBellyButton80 SexyBellyButton80 31-35, F 5 Responses Sep 29, 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 21-25, F 4 Responses Feb 12, 2008

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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 13-15, F Jun 18

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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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    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 26-30, F Oct 12, 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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    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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    My sister had cancer when I was younger, Got diagnosed with being one of those people with a poor immune system(couldnt go out side, could be touched) There is a thing call camp...
    LLAMAAAA LLAMAAAA 13-15, F 5 hrs ago

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    June 26, and a proud Cancer. Theres a lot of aspects of being a cancer that used to.effect me negatevitly but I was able to use this to my advantage. I absolutely love being a...
    njflyer njflyer 26-30, M 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    Symptoms and signs of other sorts of mesothelioma are unclear, considering that these forms of the condition are extremely uncommon. Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects tissue...
    Andrew558n8la3 Andrew558n8la3 31-35, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    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 13 Responses Sep 15

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    i think it's odd what we don't know about cancer until it knocks on our door. i was lucky when i finally got around to going to a dentist and they took the time to look at more...
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M Sep 16

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    2 years ago I was raped by a stranger while backpacking in Europe--I was alone at the time because I was en route to meet up my cousin that night. After a terrible night of doctors...
    imasurvivor411 imasurvivor411 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 31

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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 Sep 9

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    By the time I was 24 years old, I long ago passed that line between social drinking and alcoholism and, in that nebulous alcoholic fog and exaggerated egoism, smirked at relatives...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M Sep 17

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    It was before i get pregnant. I was alone, with no friends kids were making fun of me everyday i didn't want to go to school anymore. I was bulliyng. My dad left my family. my mom...
    bay07 bay07 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Want to share a bit of my story with Domestic violence: Well I had joined a dating website and met a guy in April 2011 and the first time we met we drank all night smoking...
    jlam123 jlam123 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    Online and in real life and on the advertisements, people are sad about cancer. While I was at first depressed from having breast cancer from simply fenugreek hormones, I soon...
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21 1 Response Sep 18

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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 4 Responses Sep 16

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    Actually I know two for certain, my grandfather has rectal cancer and my dad has cancer too although I don't know what kind of cancer he has and I don't want to ask. I.. I don't...
    udamansteel udamansteel 16-17, F Sep 5

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    My uncle/godfather. My uncle was a very sincere, sensitive, cheerful man. He helped everybody very much. Suddenly, in 2007 he fell into a long pnemumonia. He was ill earlier due to...
    michalmos michalmos 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 11

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    In April 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer. I had surgery to remove the lump and the sentinel lymph node. My surgeon took about 5 nodes and 4 were positive for...
    Natassa69 Natassa69 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    I was diagnosed with cervical cancer June 2014 by the time July was over I had a radical hysterectomy to remove everything excerpt my ovaries which were moved up in case I needed...
    weeziewoo weeziewoo 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    Cancerians have a strong survival instinct. They are protective of those they care about, and of themselves too. They are often quite reticent about sharing their inner selves to...
    BornInTheWrongEra72 BornInTheWrongEra72 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    5 1/2 years ago when i was 9 i lost my twin brother to cancer. He was diagnosed with brain cancer when we were 4 and never went to school. After going into remission when we were 7...
    katysmith01 katysmith01 13-15, F Sep 17

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    I am sadden by the fact that 2 of my relatives have been afflicted with cancer this year. It's even harder on my mom because it was her dad and older sister. I lost my grandfather...
    tessa4ever tessa4ever 31-35, F Sep 18

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    If anyone out there is survivor or going through domestic abuse and would like to talk or be listened to by some one who understands. Looking for understanding people who have had...
    tazygirl tazygirl 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 31

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    Born on 7/26. Sun in Leo, Moon in Cancer, rising in cancer. In my early 20's I was super outgoing but now I am more introverted and am content with a handful of trustworthy friends...
    Beeperinaweeper Beeperinaweeper 26-30 1 Response Sep 4

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    If you are reading this message, you too are a survivor. If you are not reading it, then you may or may not be dead.
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 10

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    My mom recently had a lumpectomy, and is currently recovering. The cancer had spread to one of her lymph nodes, and will have to undergo chemotherapy. Although chemotherapy will...
    boomkimchaloy boomkimchaloy 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 12

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    I am a survivor of rape. I was a victim of an ex-boyfriend and he raped me in January of 2014. I need some support and all of that to get through this. It would be nice if someone...
    momoshep142 momoshep142 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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    A couple months ago I found out I have lung cancer. I haven't told my younger brother yet for fear that he will get hurt. Im doing chemo pills and they are really taking a toll on...
    19alexanderknight95 19alexanderknight95 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I lost my grandmother to either breast cancer,brain cancer, bone cancer, or possibly all of them. Sorry it's hard for me to remember, I try to remember the good things that...
    mistywolf14 mistywolf14 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I have realized of late, my memories of my childhood is slipping. I guess my brain is considering it a trauma, because it's hard to recall anything about me growing up. Guess the...
    Barlong Barlong 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 20

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    Growing up, I was never very active. I always just stayed home with my parents & brothers. I would just watch television & play with our pets. There were a few times during my...
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I want to share my mother story~ One day she got in a car crash not that bad of a one. After that she been feeling bad pain in her back a couple of weeks later the doctors did some...
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    He was my dads friend I knew his daughter a little And I knew him When he died of cancer I could not believe it That night I cried I look at the ceiling and said Bull if ur...
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    My grandma had breast cancer I didn't know her well but I loved her She was very sick so we can down to her state to visited her When we left I said I love her One day she felt...
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F Sep 4

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    My 31 or 32 year old sister called us on my birthday last year to tell us she had cancer. She's always had issues with blood clots on her brain, a miscarriage, and general bad...
    polyglotparrot polyglotparrot 13-15, F Sep 5

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    I have a type of leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic. Pretty much cancer in bone marrow. I'm a high risk. It gets you thinking about stuff. I had to quit my job and can't go to high...
    Btimez3 Btimez3 13-15, M 5 Responses Sep 11