I Had Cancer
03/01/2017 at 00:55. Facebook
"Rare cancers deserve the honour, respect and public ear equally, if not more than known cancers. Our support group is small, funds and research minimal, but it's the few that have a big voice and the hearing public that can change this. Stand up, let your voice be heard for your survivorship, others behind you, and those in the future. It takes courage to speak of a personal tragedy but a...
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We Need To Talk About The Rare Cancers, Too

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I Had Cancer
02/27/2017 at 22:00. Facebook
Trigger Warning: This article contains writing that may be triggering to those who have experienced eating disorders.

" 'She's so thin,' I say to myself as the familiar sense of envy creeps in. I notice her jeans billowing around her legs and am filled with self loathing. In the past year, I have gained 25lbs and hate the sight of myself in a mirror. These thoughts would be somewhat normal...
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As I Disappear: My Battle With Anorexia During Cancer Treatment

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I Had Cancer
02/27/2017 at 16:41. Facebook
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I Had Cancer
02/26/2017 at 23:14. Facebook
"The second most surprising thing about having cancer was my reaction to being a cancer patient. When I used to imagine having cancer, I used to see myself as the brave, fierce, fighter—I wouldn't let cancer get me down, I wouldn't let it change me, I would keep working, I wouldn't let it have an effect on my daily life.

I surprised myself by not quite being that person I imagined I would be....
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The 5 Most Surprising Aspects Of My Cancer Diagnosis

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I Had Cancer
02/25/2017 at 15:30. Facebook
"I still think I have work to do here, so I am not losing faith or hope. Sure I’m scared. Who wouldn’t be? But it’s funny, I’m not scared for me. I finally and fully understand my father’s crying words to me before he underwent bypass surgery 20 years ago: "I’m not crying for me, I’m crying for you! You aren’t ready yet."

Well he was mostly right, but I became ready pretty quickly and I was...
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Treatment Setbacks Are Scary, But They Don't Define My Fight

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I Had Cancer
02/25/2017 at 00:40. Facebook
"When I was young and far away from any end of life issues I used to look at the elderly and think, "Don't you wish that you were young so that you could see what the future holds many decades from now?" Then I was diagnosed with late stage, wide-spread metastasizing cancer. My perception of the elderly immediately changed to: "If only I could have a chance to experience life for as long as...
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My "End Of Life" Thoughts

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I Had Cancer
02/24/2017 at 14:57. Facebook
QUESTION: "Does anyone else feel like companies just use cancer as a way to play on emotions to sell their product? And, I'm not talking about during October. Like, I just saw an ad for a coffee creamer showing a woman who removes her wig as she prepares to go back to work, and the tagline is about courage. Yes, we've all been there- going out in public bald, returning to work, or returning to...
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Does anyone else feel like companies just use cancer as a way to play on emotions to sell product?

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I Had Cancer
02/23/2017 at 23:30. Facebook
"I looked at it as something that would bring pain, but also as medicine. It was the very thing that could get me out of this. The doctors wouldn't be putting me through this if they didn’t think it could help, right? Why not look at it that way? Don’t get me wrong, I wasn't crazy enough to want chemo. I don’t think anyone’s that dumb. But when I got to my lowest points, that thought gave me...
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When I Changed My Perspective About Cancer, I Changed My Life

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I Had Cancer
02/23/2017 at 01:05. Facebook
"I've been diagnosed with cancer six times. One of the hardest things I've dealt with through these diagnoses has been keeping my life "normal"... Having to accept the fact that you have cancer is one thing, but adjusting your life around your health is a whole other battle. Through my experiences, I hope to help new and experienced cancer fighters maintain a little bit of consistency during a...
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4 Ways to Maintain Consistency During Cancer

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I Had Cancer
02/22/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
"Written communication — whether it was a text message or an email — is almost always better than an actual face-to-face conversation. It allows the receiver time to figure out what to respond or whether to respond at all. Sometimes, no response was the best thing I could offer someone, and that’s okay. Don’t always expect your loved one to get back to you right away. You can even message...
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12 Text Messages To Send Someone With Cancer

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I Had Cancer
02/22/2017 at 14:27. Facebook
"Scanxiety is anxiety brought on by the anticipation and/or process of going through a scan or test at various times including diagnosis, during treatment, and as part of follow up care in survivorship. Anxiety can last far into survivorship, and ... there is still a lack of resources and the slow implementation of distress screenings and survivorship care plans. This can feel as though...
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety Right Now

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I Had Cancer
02/22/2017 at 03:45. Facebook
"So funny story. The other day I was at the dentists office, as I was getting my cleaning she was talking about cancer. She mentioned how you never really hear about black women getting cancer. And the more I looked around on social media and thought about it, I realized she was kind of right. It's somewhat rare. In the black community it's almost rare to hear of health issues because that is...
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Real talk - what are you struggling with today?
"Everyone around us seemed to be moving forward and we were stuck. They were getting on with their lives, getting pregnant, having babies and planning for the future. As much as I wanted to be happy for them, it was soul-crushing. The unfairness brought me so much anger and at the root of it, I realized, was fear.

Who was I without the ability to have children?

Would my marriage sustain...
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Finding Purpose and Self-Love Beyond Motherhood

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"As my treatment plan began to unfold, my circle of friends began to diminish. The constant messages and words of encouragement began to fade. Invites to hang out or go to dinner weren't sent. At first, I felt hurt and betrayed. I blamed cancer for another disruption in my life. I began to lean on the friends that stepped up. Over time I realized that I couldn't take their disappearances...
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A Survivor's Guide to Friends Leaving

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"The surgeon that put it in told me that it would feel like a sore muscle after working out. Well that's not quite how it feels it hurts really bad and it feels like I had surgery"

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Did you experience pain after getting a port?

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"On one side, we have the values of compassion and a desire to serve others. On the other, there are the moments of feeling guilt, shame, and significant self-judgment when certain thoughts arise or there is a need to direct some resources toward support of the caregiver. Being a cancer caregiver is a complex role that requires the wearing of many hats. It is a demanding role that can feel...
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3 Essential Rules For All First-Time Caregivers

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"I always said one day I would go back to natural
Dye it dark again & do a long bob
But something bigger & stronger
That moment would rob

For life had another meaning of what natural would be
I was thinking my God-given color, no fuss or care
But instead what life gave me
Was no hair"

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An Ode To My Hair: Naturally | Cancer Poem

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"Hard to believe it's been
730 days since my diagnosis.
That equates to 56 rounds of radiation,
46 rounds and counting of chemo,
To many nights in the hospital to count.
I may not be a survivor yet, but I am surviving this dreaded disease.
Still havin Bad days but cherish the good days and having more good than bad."
- Charles, Head & Neck Fighter
"Any of us who have experienced cancer will be all too aware of what it can take from us: our confidence, our sense of well-being, our fertility." On the bad days, I’ll reflect on this, lament my bad luck and probably indulge in another biscuit. And yet, on the brighter days, I can appreciate what I’ve gained: greater clarity on friendships and relationships, increased compassion for others,...
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8 Lessons I'd Share With Someone Just Diagnosed With Cancer

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