I Am Afraid of Cancer

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    A Really Irrational Fear

    I used to have a reasonably mild case of OCD, but I managed to get myself out of it, I still have it slightly about some things but I'm not as bad as I was.  However my irrational fear of cancer borders on OCD, whenever I think about it I have to touch a certain object that...
    juniper juniper
    22-25, F
    9 Responses Feb 2, 2008

    Happy Story.

    I thought to brighten up everyone who is struggling because they know someone with cancer/have cancer and hoping to give you some hope. My friends 2 year old son was diagnosed with cancer in his kidney, July 2012. They started chemo therapy straight away and though it made him...
    bubblesbubbles bubblesbubbles
    Sep 7, 2012


    My aunt has been diagnosed with cancer. I am afraid; afraid that she will pass away, afraid that she will give up. She had been so strong in the beginning, but I think her willpower is dying out. She tells me, I am very tired. She tells me, my stomach hurts. She tells me...
    pleasestay pleasestay
    Jan 9, 2013

    It Just Started With Strange Things...

    I started having severely heavy periods, and my uterus caused me pain almost all of the time, through the whole cycle. I sometimes bled for a day to 2 at a time between my periods. A couple of other symptoms popped up, but I won't go into detail. But I finally decided it was time...
    Proud2bher Proud2bher
    18-21, F
    Dec 6, 2011

    I Just Don't Know What To Do Anymore.

    I lie awake, and I shed tears many nights, picturing myself having to leave my young children, my love of my life, my family and friends. I am so frightened.... and it's eating my life away as I spend a lot of my free time worrying about it. I know I should go see a...
    sublimesfine sublimesfine
    26-30, F
    Nov 11, 2010

    When It Rains It Pours

    Well my story was moving along just fine for the past four years until November of 07. Thats when my wife left me and I am still in shock. About a month later I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in my left side. I had to sign my divorce papers on Christmas eve and have...
    pablo1977 pablo1977
    26-30, M
    Feb 15, 2008

    Im afraid i would get cancer i eat a lot of

    junk food im addicted to it but i dont want to get cancer :( any ideas?
    Nari99 Nari99
    18-21, F
    Apr 1, 2014

    my mom was diagnosed last September she has

    gone down hill ever since she has stage 4 colon cancer.. we just found our last nite she is dying she will be lucky to make it a year.. she had told all of her kids that her tumors had shrunk and she was gonna live but in fact it was the opposite....I don't want to lose my mom...
    shellefb shellefb
    46-50, F
    Mar 20, 2016

    My Brother

     im afraid that my brother wil die he is only 15 hes 10 months older then me ! hes my best friend ! and i dont wana loose him. sometimes i wish ! i had cancer tooo so we could be sick together!
    jordongray96 jordongray96
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 20, 2011

    I Think My Mom Has Cancer

    First post ever... not sure how this works... Earlier today, my mother mentioned some symptoms she has had for years. They are very concerning symptoms that should be checked out as soon as they occur... and now it is literally YEARS later. All of her other seemingly minor...
    missmollie123 missmollie123
    26-30, F
    Oct 22, 2012

    It Scares Me

    My Grandfather passed away about 30 years ago from what they said was old age. He smoked unfiltered cigarettes, 2-3 packs a day, for almost all his 70 years. All in my family think cancer was the cause of his death. My Grandmother died 40 years ago from heart problem. My Mom...
    Josie06 Josie06
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Jul 17, 2008

    Hypochondriac But Iatrophobic Too

    When I was younger, I read books by Lurlene McDaniel.  I remember knowing that some symptoms of leukemia were tiredness, high white blood cell count, and unexplained bruising.  I could not check my blood cells obviously but I always checked for the other two. ...
    Sncats Sncats
    26-30, T
    1 Response Jun 1, 2009


    I'm 42 and have been through hell I've got 5 types of cancer brain, breast, cervacal, bone n lung cancer been fighting cancer forthe past 5 and a half years been through bone marrow transplants n blood transfusion n all kind of tests known to man also have bone cancer n ms in my...
    SweetCountry68 SweetCountry68
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2010

    I Have No Reason to Be

    I don't know why I'm so scared of it. Maybe it's because three of my mum's friends have suffered from it. So far, two are now in remission and we're waiting to hear about the third. My mum was adopted when she was little so we don't really know if my family on her side have any...
    TheatreGirl TheatreGirl
    26-30, F
    Nov 29, 2007

    Always On My Mind

    Hi all-- Glad to find somewhere I can at least write these things and get them out of my head. My mother died of esophagul (sp?) cancer when I was 21. I am now 37. My father died from bladder cancer when I was 31. 2 years ago my husband was diagnosed with leukemia. My mother...
    Weeez Weeez
    2 Responses Aug 26, 2008

    Facing the Darkness of Cancer to Reach Fierce Love

    It is easy to give in to the challenges and difficulties of Cancer. With humility, I wish for you to have the courage to look deeply beyond the fear to the other side and see the possibilities. It is in the face of death that we start to live. When my mother told me she was...
    CosiCeleste CosiCeleste
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2007

    Will I Get Cancer Again??

    MY young brother died of lung cancer at the age of 18,It was a terrible time for us all and i had always thought i would fall apart if I was diagnosed with cancer.Two years ago my mother was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney.She has a partial nephrectomny.A year alter I was...
    LaVidaLoca LaVidaLoca
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2008

    I have yet to see my oncologist

    and schedule my mammogram.... I know not to worry until there is something to worry abt but I'm still scared....what if it's back? more chemo? radiation? ugh.....
    angelpumpkin36 angelpumpkin36
    36-40, F
    Mar 20, 2016

    But I Don't Dwell On It

    My goodness I would hate to imagine wasting a whole bunch of years worrying that I was going to get cancer and then never do. I fear it, but I don't let that fear consume me.
    deleted deleted
    Jan 29, 2011


    Tomorrow I find out if my mother, a non smoker who is not yet even sixty years old, has lung cancer. If she does, it is probably advanced. I don't want to lose my mom, and I'm afraid. To be quite selfishly frank, I also am afraid because if she does have lung cancer, my...
    silvermoon silvermoon
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2010

    There Is Hope

      I have beat cancer ...this is a great group..I'm a 15 year survivor of bone cancer..The doctors gave me a 25% chance of living...boy were the doctors dead wrong..Since then I have devoted my life to motivate and inspire others..I have helped thousands with...
    traviscurrier traviscurrier
    26-30, M
    1 Response May 31, 2009

    Awaiting Results

    It seems like forever and I only just had my uterine biospy earlier this afternoon. I know what the results will be but I'm trying to be optomistic. All the tale tell signs point to uterine cancer. In reading all the symptoms and talking with friends who previously had it i...
    Jewels310 Jewels310
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2013


    I'm constantly wondering whether I have cancer or not when I get a consistent pain or bump/lump showing up.  I think I'm constantly worried about it because of all the numerous stories, books, shows, articles and charity/government awareness schemes. Plus, quite a few of my...
    Reeny Reeny
    Mar 23, 2008

    Hey I need help. it's URGENT!

    My doctor was concerned in the past because my last blood test my thyroid was on the line. Not bad not good but she was worried it was getting worse since things were happening and the blood test was a year ago. I've been having symptoms my doctor said I need to get a blood test...
    shybutkindd shybutkindd
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 23, 2014

    One Of My Fears

    I am so afraid of getting cancer.... I just keep thinking about how many of my family members have died due to all the different types of cancer. I think about what an awful thing it must be to go through... But then I think about how it didn't kill you it would make you a...
    allaboutfriends allaboutfriends
    18-21, F
    Dec 22, 2009

    I Can Barely Say the Word

    my mums older sister died of it at home- across my house -I saw her 5 minutes after she passed away. 3 months later I watched my mums twin sister die of it(at the age of 43) at her house-across the road- believe it or not -aand I saw her 5 minutes after she died. I lost my gran...
    blondiesindy blondiesindy
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

    Because it's so damn bad.

    I want to help everyone with cancer. I wish I had powers so that I could cure everybody!
    yourcutelittlejo yourcutelittlejo
    18-21, F
    Jul 19, 2015

    A Really Irrational Fear

    I used to have a reasonably mild case of OCD, but I managed to get myself out of it, I still have it slightly about some things but I'm not as bad as I was.  However my irrational fear of cancer borders on OCD, whenever I think about it I have to touch a certain object that...
    juniper juniper
    22-25, F
    Feb 2, 2008

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    lily449 lily449
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 29, 2015

    I Can't Help It

    I know it's irrational but cancer scares the poo out of me. The one that is the scariest for me is skin cancer. I have very fair skin & light eyes so I'm at a higher risk for it. I'm as pale as I can possibly be, but my friends go to tanning salons & it makes me nervous...
    gardenbeauty gardenbeauty
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 13, 2009

    I'm Very Scared of It...

    Cancer has taken over my body... It's almost killed me... But I fought it.. I'm scared that it might come back... Cancer has taken away so many of my family members... I'm so afraid of it... 
    XLunaXLovegoodX XLunaXLovegoodX
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

    The Dreaded C -word

    Hey gang, well first let me say Cancer who needs it Who wants it Nobody.. Unfortunately this is the real world and people do get cancer. I am proud to call myself a 10 year survivor. But that day in the Dr. Office when he hit me with the “you’ve got cancer, aggressive and I...
    skychef skychef
    61-65, M
    1 Response May 26, 2012

    I had a dream one time

    that I died from cancer. It was terrifying at one point. Ever since I have been worried about cancer.
    moose73630 moose73630
    18-21, M
    Feb 27, 2015

    This Is Not Happening

    AsyleighJ AsyleighJ
    36-40, F
    Jul 12, 2013

    All In The Family

    My granmother on my moms side granfather on my fathers side my little brother many aunts and uncles..I am probley going to end up with it one day
    mulder mulder
    1 Response May 17, 2012

    I'm afraid that I might have oral cancer.

    I have a doctors appointment Friday. I'm probably just being irrational because that's what I do but the signs are there. I guess it would be just another thing I can add to the list of terrible things I've gone through within the past year.
    fhn0512 fhn0512
    18-21, F
    Nov 25, 2015

    Deathly Afraid...pun Entirely Intended.

    It seems I start every story these days with: My mum died from cancer earlier this year. Well, it was horrific. Things are slowly moving forward. I'm afraid of cancer because I saw what it did to my Mum and because I know that I most likely have a breast cancer gene. The...
    BettyValentine BettyValentine
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 4, 2012

    For the last couple years I watched my father

    fight thru cancer and the doctor told me this will be his last Christmas but I didn't let that phase me till I watched my best friend die from cancer recently.. Watching my best friend gasp for air for his last time and look like a Skelton is a sight I'll never forget!! Just...
    chris0478 chris0478
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2014

    So I think two weeks ago on a Thursday I went

    for a check up. I was having pain somewhere and I want say where exactly. Could be an infection or cancer my doctor said. It's been almost two weeks and they haven't called for my results. They gave me a ridiculous paper to find out about the results but the information is wrong...
    deleted deleted
    20 Responses Mar 19, 2016

    Scared To Death..

    i am a single mother 21 yrs old and i just discovered a very large painful lump on my breast....the dr. says she hopes its only an infection.. if it doesnt go away with antiobiotics in a few days i have get a diagnostic mammogram done...i am so scared i already have alot of...
    Honesty89 Honesty89
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2011

    I Am Afraid Of Cancer

    I've had so many bad pap smears--- and that combined with losing my brother, father, aunt, and grandmother to cancer has me on the edge.  I manage my fear well by eating right (stopped eating meat), exercising regularly, keeping my stress levels down, having fun (woohoo...
    VoyagetoAtlantis VoyagetoAtlantis
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 13, 2010

    The Big C.

    My paternal grandmother had it.  My maternal grandmother had it.  My maternal grandfather had it.  My father had it.  My mother-precancerous colon polyps.  Yes, it is safe to say I am afraid of cancer.  I can be a little calm knowing I will die in...
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Nov 19, 2007

    These last couple of days have been the worst

    of my life, I found a lump in my underarm, I was worried but enough to go to the doc, but not that much. Cancer goes in my family, but I mean I'm 21.. I didn't seriously think of it. My sister yelled at me and called me a bunch of things for worrying enough to even go to the doc...
    lily449 lily449
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 27, 2015

    Absolutely Terrified

    If there was one disease I would wipe from the world, it would be cancer. There are so many types and so many ways that it can obliterate your system that it is like a true life horror story. I have lost several relatives to it, so I know that it is in the family. Considering...
    TheEvilLeaper TheEvilLeaper
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 2, 2012
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