I Am a Survivor of Childhood Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 55 People

    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

    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

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 12, 2008

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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, 2014

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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