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I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 50 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 '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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    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 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    It has been a while since I have posted here. I've restarted the videos on Survivors of Child Abuse and Maladaptive daydreaming. My latest video is about flashbacks and tips on how...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Aug 7

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    A childhood friend of mine who is currently living in Japan has been successfully battling cancer for about two years now, but she sent me a message today that the cancer has...
    MrsApple MrsApple 26-30, F Aug 9

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    I had a young mother... Actually my mother was 13 when she became pregnant, and 2 weeks after her 14th birthday I was born. As if that doesn't leave you mind to ponder multiple...
    MisMel MisMel 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    Victim"...I hate that word. We are not "victims". We are some of the strongest, bravest women to walk the earth. We are survivors.  We are not stray helpless animals, we are the...
    TriciaFL TriciaFL 36-40, F 1 Response 4 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 1 day ago

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    Its been almost a year since i lost my mum to cancer and i miss her so much. I was only a few years old when my mum was first diagnosed with primary cervical cancer and as i was...
    smem smem 13-15, F Aug 15

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    My grandfather passed away from stomach cancer in October of 2011. When he was fist diagnosed with stomach cancer, the doctors said he had the cancer two years prior. This was...
    Faith1293 Faith1293 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I have been researching about skin cancer and the signs, and I think I might have it... I would get checked, but we don't have insurance or money. I have two slightly raised moles...
    Impuritiii Impuritiii 13-15, F Aug 24

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    I'm not aloud to say I know a cure, the FDA and Feds don't allow anyone to say hey this cures cancer. So I am going to tell you what it is, and how I know. First of all here is...
    NewWaveBallet NewWaveBallet 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    So I'm 13 and this guy I was with at the time was 18 I wasn't dating him just hanging out and I wasn't high or anything but we were chilling and he asked me a lot if times before...
    ryry009 ryry009 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    When I was 8 my grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. It's been 5 years and I still miss him everyday. When I was little he used to watch me all the time while my grandma was at...
    Swagaliciousk Swagaliciousk 13-15, F Aug 7

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    I went back around the same time it's brought the side back the awful angry nasty side why for what? That place holds what scares me the most my nightmare It holds what should of...
    cailowe cailowe 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 25

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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 2 days ago

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    She died because of cancer. I don't know what kind of cancer it is. She died last January 25, 2014 and today (August 4, 2014) is her 24th birthday... I really missed her. :( She's...
    smjuap21 smjuap21 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 3

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    My girlfriend sadly was raped when she was a young girl which sadly went to cancer I fell in love for her she had cancer for 2 months and I stayed with her in the hospital as much...
    hi163 hi163 13-15, M 3 Responses Aug 4

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    I recently came down with cancer....brain cancer to be exact and soon I will be starting chemo therapy I'm a bit scared though like what happens during it do u go into a machine...
    baconismycat baconismycat 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 4

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    If you read my list of 100 things about me, you saw I mentioned a person that is the second most important person in my life's development. When I was 10, I befriended a person in...
    AtheistsForJesus AtheistsForJesus 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    What if someone that has cancer gets pregnant and stays in a comma the hole time at the hospital to be monitored and has the baby and the baby is immune to cancer and it's the...
    luzlovenpeace luzlovenpeace 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    You know, I pray every day that my moms cancer isn't too bad, but yet, I look on the negative side every day, I wait patiently for more bad news. However, no one ever understands...
    KJGaskins KJGaskins 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    For some reason I've been thinking about my childhood. Maybe as another birthday is around the corner I'm just reminiscing. I just want to share some things that I remember and...
    SirLaughalots SirLaughalots 36-40, M 4 Responses Aug 10

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    At 45 years old I'm starting to notice how my nighmarish childhood has and still is effecting me. I'm the youngest of 3 children and family scapegoat. Both my parents were youngest...
    brainwrecked brainwrecked 36-40, F Aug 15

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    At 45 years old I'm starting to notice how my nighmarish childhood has and still is effecting me. I'm the youngest of 3 children and family scapegoat. Both my parents were youngest...
    brainwrecked brainwrecked 36-40, F Aug 15

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    The cancer I have has a 5 year survival rate of 5% and those were mostly people that caught the cancer early at stage 0-1. It looks like mine is at stage 3 or 4. With the growths...
    REBELYELL67 REBELYELL67 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 24

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    No child should have to suffer through depression for most of their life because of their childhood because it truly sucks. I'm 15 and I know I'm young but I do have a lot of...
    lvcr lvcr 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    Janet jackson janet mutha ****** jackson I realize in my past I looked up to janet jackson soo much i love michael too (R I P) but janet out of all pop singers but she had r&b...
    Xxchristinx18 Xxchristinx18 18-21, F Aug 19

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    Remembering my childhood missing the 90's hip hop and pop mvs seeing mtv nelly,chingy(myfault) , and janet jackson sometimes watching nick nick nick nick nick are you afraid of the...
    Xxchristinx18 Xxchristinx18 18-21, F Aug 20

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    My Mother's Rock-"You stay in a child's place!" is the most underused and BEST parenting advice of modern times. A child is unable to pay bills, run a household, or be held...
    Joha0505 Joha0505 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I never had any brothers or sisters to play with. I was always alone in my room playing. I wish I had a childhood. My parents didn't even buy me any nice toys..they'd buy me like...
    anathefluffycat anathefluffycat 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    My wife of 28 years is in hospital and she has terminal cancer and has maybe 4 weeks to go
    Rogerrowley1947 Rogerrowley1947 66-70, M 1 Response Aug 3

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    I just got back from thee doctors and I am packing and going to head to the hospital now, I went in because of head aches that got worse and worse along with my health, I have...
    laurendq25 laurendq25 22-25, F 17 Responses Aug 4

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    My Zodiac sign is Cancer I'm 24 Male from Toronto, Canada.
    cancerian24 cancerian24 22-25, M Aug 4

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    My mother has been diagnosed with two types of cancer within the last 4 weeks. Renal Cell Carlsonoma stage 2 or 3, and (ALL) B lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma on her bones. I'm...
    KJGaskins KJGaskins 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 7