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I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 51 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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'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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    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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    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 2 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'd like to go back to "childhood" and somehow get to have what I wanted as a kid. If I was rich, I'd like to have a treehouse and swings. Wanted that as a kid and still do. And...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I've been a cancer survivor for quite some time now. But for some reason, I've been really emotional about it lately. It's not really talking about my story that chokes me up, it's...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F Nov 19

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    This has been my response to everything that I have gone through in life. To those who know my whole story, you know what I'm talking about. The difference between me and someone...
    zooloothe1st zooloothe1st 26-30, F Nov 9

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    From the start of high school, a guy Who I won't name, used to do horrible things to me after the school bell rang. He'd always find me, and would hit me do ******* hard in the...
    TheGayNigga TheGayNigga 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 15

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    Three months ago I was diagnosed with cancer. The phone call came early that morning as the doctor informed me the test results showed a tumor. I remember my heart sinking low as...
    vincentriver09 vincentriver09 31-35, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Tomorrow I start an intense 8 week program at a local hospital. The program is for adult women who survived childhood trauma and abuse. I was sexually abused when I was 6 - 9 years...
    Etheros Etheros 46-50, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    When I was 3 years old, about a week before I turned 4, my dad died of cancer. this was just over 10 years ago. my mum told me he collapsed in the living room, and that me and my...
    jlee45 jlee45 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    I lost my mother to cancer December 15 2010, her funeral was exactly 1 week before Christmas, that was hard my mom loved Christmas. she was and will always be an amazing woman, I...
    McKenna630 McKenna630 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My parents had split up when I was very little. I'm not sure how old I was. Anyway, my mom had custody of me, so I lived with her and my grandmother. My mom was strict and if I...
    JasmineMonique JasmineMonique 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 4

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    I'm a survivor in more then one way. I'm a survivor in the way aim the survivor from my cousins suicide. I'm also a survivor of my ow suicide attempt. It's been 8 months since I...
    leaguegirl97 leaguegirl97 16-17, F 19 hrs ago

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    I had a major flashback to childhood today. I finally decided to tell someone that my boyfriend has been very abusive to me for the past two years. I sat down next to my mom and...
    SkullRoseInsignia SkullRoseInsignia 16-17, T 4 Responses Nov 1

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    Because I work with abused children on a regular basis I know that my story is neither unique or uncommon. Man's inhumanity to man shouldn't really surprise me, yet somehow it...
    brokenat5 brokenat5 61-65, M 2 Responses Oct 30

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    I guess I can't quite say that I'm a survivor of emotional abuse since I am still in the relationship. By the time I knew what emotional abuse was or that it even existed I already...
    LOMD LOMD 31-35, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Breastfeeding protects against breast cancer (especially premenopausal breast cancer) . Breastfeeding appears to lower the risk of both estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen...
    JaneLovesTarzan JaneLovesTarzan 56-60 3 Responses Nov 5

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    I lost my father to stomach cancer when I was 14. He began to feel pain in his stomach about 1.5 years before his death. The pain strengthened form month to month. Unfortunately...
    alexalan alexalan 56-60, M Nov 15

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    Cancer is a life taking evil that I hope one day is wiped out of humanity. My father has cancer he is 73 but is very very ill. But despite the odds he is alive. What an awful...
    riddlesmile riddlesmile 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 3

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    PLEASE PASS ON TO EVERYONE!!!! Miracle Drink : Carrot, Beet Root and Apple This MIRACLE DRINK has been circulating for a long time long ago. It is worth your while...
    Shallowaters Shallowaters 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    My grampa died of cancer a few years ago and I hate how my family had to see him waste away. He died from pancreatic cancer, which is one of the more difficult cancers to detect. I...
    lechatnoirr lechatnoirr 22-25, F Oct 31

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    My Aunt just came out of remission again. It's a miracle she stayed in it for nine months, but still it's a blow knowing that the cancer is growing again. She has battled terminal...
    NerdRock87 NerdRock87 16-17, F Nov 2

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    I almost lost my father to cancer about 19 years ago. I am just thrilled he won the battle. Cancer really needs to be eliminated from existence. My heart goes to those who lost...
    Profweird Profweird 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 27

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    I have just joined this forum and am looking to support and be supported by other survivors of domestic violence. My ex is currently in maximum security awaiting a trial that will...
    KateElizabethF KateElizabethF 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 28

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    As a child abuse survivor, I am completely conscious of how I discipline my son. As a little one, all I had to do was put him in time out. Now that he is twelve, things do not...
    sweetandspicy1 sweetandspicy1 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 30

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    Reading about the personality of a Cancer has helped me tremendously in my life...realize how I am is normal for the cancer woman. Would be glad to talk to anyone who is...
    mmbvh mmbvh 41-45, F Nov 6

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    I lost my grandmother in 2012 due to lung cancer. I lost one of my best friends due to a brain tumour. Last year I lost another friend to skin cancer. When I was 15 And I've lost...
    mparker7789 mparker7789 22-25, M 3 Responses Nov 7

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    I Am a Child Abuse Survivor MOM If you've read some of my earlier posts, you'll see that my step dad was an angry, vile man who ruled the house with an iron fist. He openly...
    JesseLeeJames JesseLeeJames 46-50, M 5 Responses Nov 10

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    My grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year ago. My father's side of the family has a history of alcoholism and when this bomb was dropped on them, they all...
    justanothersteph justanothersteph 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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    I love my zodiac sign! I just love astrology in all. I've always been fascinated by the moon, and when I did research on the Cancer zodiac sign, I found that the moon is my ruling...
    2grunge4u 2grunge4u 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    Or not. What is survivor. Do they hold jobs. Do they avoid applying for disability pay. Do they cheer up. If so then me didnt survive.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 17

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    Hi I'm Lauren. I got sick with spinal meningitis at 2 years old. I was in a coma for 5 days and almost died. Then I had a massive stroke and was paralyzed on the right side of my...
    lolobug87 lolobug87 26-30, F Nov 17

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    I am a survivor, I left just over a month ago and I have fought hard to get myself back on top, I know it will take longer than this but already things are getting better and I am...
    LindaMabelle LindaMabelle 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 18

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    This story is my own, I’m not telling it to get pity but cause it helps to talk about it and I know it can help others in the same situation or who have been there…. This is...
    chanjen chanjen 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 18

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