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I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 56 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'm 25 and I've been abused for almost my whole life and I usually don't talk about it but I think it's time to spill it all out.. I'm a pretty strong person and have overcome a...
    courtney25 courtney25 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    I am a cancer survivor. I was born with a brain cancer located in my carabelum called medualblaastoma . At three months old I had seven and a half month chemotherapy and 3...
    crazyram45 crazyram45 22-25, M 19 hrs ago

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    I'm two time breast cancer survivor (06 & 2013). I'm on every 6 month follow up scans and labs, had my most recent last month and everything is good. Having my follow ups always...
    jgeorge68 jgeorge68 46-50, F 4 Responses May 5

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    I am a 70 year old Aussie male who underwent surgery for bladder cancer in March 2014. I had my bladder, prostate and pelvic lymph nodes removed, and I now wear a bag. Pathology of...
    petediscreet petediscreet 66-70, M May 16

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    I am three months out of treatment for ovarian cancer. Everything is going well, but genetic testing shows that I have Lynch Syndrome, which is a genetic mutation that makes me a...
    makeitnew makeitnew 41-45, F May 21

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    I was diagnosed with stage IIIB cervical cancer in September 2013. I received Chemo-radiation and I pretty much thought I was on my way to remission, still hopeful even though some...
    Kathyrmercier Kathyrmercier 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    When I was younger, I had this childhood friend named Wyatt...she was my first crush...my first kiss and she was diagnosed with cancer...and today is the anniversary of the last...
    PiloSympathy PiloSympathy 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So many people carrying the same wounds and pain… I am one of them…My mother abused me horribly, but I managed disconnect from her as I was age 4-5. I told myself: this is...
    soulbridge soulbridge 36-40, F 1 Response May 6

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    I don't remember allot about my childhood. but I remember the abuse more clearly. I really wish I could get mental help. it's like my hart has shattered into shards of glass .
    flowergirl1997 flowergirl1997 18-21, F 19 Responses a week ago

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    Last Tuesday (5 May 2015) I lost another Aunt to cancer. She is the 5th person to die of cancer in my family during my lifetime. Cancer sucks. That's all my family has died from...
    CodeyL CodeyL 18-21, M 3 Responses May 10

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    I wrote this on someone's page earlier because of how mad I got from what they posted. A victim is not just the one who died. Many victims live. Their fight to survive is a daily...
    neverendingfairytale2 neverendingfairytale2 36-40, F May 3

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    “A flip of the coin” is the phrase that ran through my head as I sat in the doctor’s office on Friday. As a kid, there was that one guy in my class who could flip a quarter...
    katzlaw katzlaw 36-40, F 4 Responses May 9

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    Men can be raped too and there are fewer resources for men survivors. If you are one of those men, know that the rape is not your fault. Never is rape your fault no matter what...
    TheBlessedOne TheBlessedOne 51-55, F 1 day ago

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    So I have a friend we've know each other since we were little but we've never been great friends but is never let anything happen to her. She's recently been extra bitchy to...
    AwquardTallGirl AwquardTallGirl 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    In May 2013 it was discovered that my mom had stage 4 ovarian cancer. Hearing this news devastated everyone. It killed me because I was thousands of mile away from them.She was...
    Dandelionsblowinginthewind Dandelionsblowinginthewind 41-45, F May 4

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    My father died of cancer during the month of November. He was a stubborn guy and fought right to the end. The very last words he said to me were ..."I guess I'm a goner". He went...
    Roastedacorn Roastedacorn 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    I lost my Dad to cancer one week ago. It was on May 20, 2015 my Dad had been battling bladder cancer for 17 years. And on Wednesday night he lost his battle. I hate cancer it just...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 2 days ago

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    Gloriavale nz are you a Survivor if so what you story
    1234cardiff 1234cardiff 46-50, M Apr 30

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    I don't mind being labeled a victim because it means there's an upcoming battle for survival of not just body and life but of mind and heart as well; and only the winner of the...
    neverendingfairytale2 neverendingfairytale2 36-40, F 2 Responses May 2

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    so what gets to me the most about what happened to me is the fact that even though I reported the rape to the police but he paid them off... is that I know there must be more well...
    JessiAimee JessiAimee 22-25, F 1 Response May 9

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    Hi All, I'm a student working on a project to help burn survivors in developing countries. In the developing world, burns are just as common as they are here, but few people get...
    lifeRAFT lifeRAFT 26-30, F May 13

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    I honestly don't know how I could be a survivor. I don't feel safe he's not in jail he knows where I work it scars me it only happen 4 days ago I have called the cops they won't do...
    madisonhenson13 madisonhenson13 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I got a call late last night from my little bro.He told Me that they had found a brain tumor on My Mother.It was late at night so I waited until today to call Her.Seems they found...
    The1960texan The1960texan 51-55, M 11 Responses May 6

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    Starting child years instruction and mulling over is a particular self-control that is concerned with caring for and showing young people, considering their own needs and likings...
    proeducation02 proeducation02 22-25, F May 11

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    I believe that those of us who have lost someone to cancer should stick together. We understand each other. We share the pain, anger, sadness, disbelief. I believe that we can help...
    unpredictableprediction unpredictableprediction 22-25, F 1 Response May 11

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    Last Thursday, at where I volunteer there's a lad who's dad had lung cancer for a year and he got a phone call saying he had to go home as his dad wasn't well. I went in yesterday...
    LFCno1 LFCno1 22-25, M May 15

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