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Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Making a decision

    Evaluating treatment options
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    After talking to family and friends and researching on-line, I decided that I wanted the Mohs procedure. The advantage of Mohs, is that they biopsy the tissue during the surgery, continuing to remove the smallest amount of tissue possible until the margins around the tumour are cancer free. It’s usually used on delicate eye and face areas, but I…

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    Choosing a care team

    Choosing a care team
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Because of the sun damage to my skin over the years, I started having yearly, whole-body exams in my late 40s. I was determined to stay on top of this thing. Over the years, it was not uncommon for me to have numerous keratoses (pre-cancerous spots) frozen off my hands, arms and face. I felt I was being vigilant and prudent. Then several years …

  • I'm ConnieM, and I'm a survivor of Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma), Stage 0

    My diagnosis

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I’m very fair skinned, of Irish decent. Having spent ten years, in my 20s, living at the beach in Southern California, I was not surprised to get a biopsy result telling me that a spot on the back of my left hand was positive for skin cancer. I always suspected that this would happen someday. (I turned 65 in July, and my type of skin cancer (S…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    Going through treatment

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Surgery

    [Brad sent an e-mail out after surgery to give everyone an update]

    Hello All,

    Beth had her surgery today and all went well. Beth’s spirits are good.

    As a precaution they put in a drain and as such they have admitted Beth to ensure it is working properly and show her how to look after it. We expect she will get out of the …

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    Telling Family & Friends

    Telling family & friends
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Telling the Boys

    How to tell the boys (Zach is 14, Carter is 11)… The day after I got the diagnosis, Zach was going away snowboarding for 3 days. We decided to wait until he got back to tell them. Saturday afternoon – we are sitting around chatting, so I say ‘I need to tell you guys something’. Zach immediately said ‘I don’t think I want to…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    Worrying

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    Worrying (Dec 2008)

    I first found a lump in November, 2008, in my armpit. I noticed it while I was applying deodorant. It was the size of my baby finger nail, and smooth. I figured it must be a swollen lymph node or gland or something so I ignored it. A couple of weeks went by, and it was still there. I knew I had to tell my husband, and the …

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Planning for the future

    Planning for after treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I am currently enrolled to begin the Music Therapy graduate program at Florida State University in January 2010. I have applied for a cancer scholarship. My plan is to stay in remission, attend school, and live a beautiful life! I would also possibly like to take a trip to NYC to see my sister and some friends this fall. Also, possibly, I would …

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Paying for treatment

    Paying for treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    I am very, very grateful to say that I have awesome parents who happen to have good insurance! I don’t know what I would do without them! I may only be on their plan until the end of the year, when we will have to figure something else out. The bottom line here is I am very, very lucky and blessed to not have to deal with the financial aspects o…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Living with cancer

    Living with cancer
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    One thing about my perspective that has changed as I go through this experience, is I realize what a blessing it is to be healthy. How blessed I have been, how much I took for granted, and how stubborn I was/am with life! God gives me so much and so generously, yet it was hard for me not to be jealous, want more, or want something else. I am gla…

  • I'm Anastasia, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Hodgkin's

    Going through treatment

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    The most difficult thing for me about going through treatment has been the feeling of disruption and uncertainty. It feels like my life has been put on pause on a spot that is not particularly pleasant and comfortable. That has been challenging. I don’t enjoy the feeling of the toxic chemicals in my body and as I mentioned earlier, I struggle wi…

Favorite Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • Cancer - The Secret Change

    Living with cancer
    Added Jan 31, 2015
    This article, so very well written by a practicing oncologist, is superb! Dr. Salwitz truly captures the feelings that I (and probably thousands of other cancer patients) have. Cancer does suck! My cancer is rare. It grows slowly, but it grows. I do not “look like I have cancer.” I hear so often,“You really look great.” The problem is I …
  • I'm Craig Blower, and I'm a survivor of Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    It is what it is. Might as well find some humor in your journey.

    Living with cancer
    Updated Oct 26, 2013

    I was diagnosed last February (2013) with stage IV lung cancer. A shock to me, needless to say, as a non-smoker. Unless of course you count those funny things I smoked back in college 40 years ago.

    Besides the support of family and friends, I have found keeping my sense of humor throughout my journey has been the best medicine, other than the…

  • I'm Beth, and I'm going through treatment for Breast Cancer.

    A Summary of My Chemo Experience

    What I've learned
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    This is a summary of the chemo treatment I survived. I have never experienced anything like this. Radiation, and even surgery, was a breeze in comparison:

    6 treatments, one every 21 days:

    - for each treatment, Brad and I were there 2.5 to 4 hours (always had the bloodwork and meeting with the doctor a day or 2 before treatment)

    - #2 …

  • I'm Gloria Becker, and I'm a survivor of Colon Cancer

    I Care - Please Read

    Just some thoughts
    Added Jan 7, 2010

    LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
    You’ve probably heard this before; however, it meant little to me until I was the one being told, " You have colorectal cancer." If you are experiencing something out of the ordinary, such as pain or discomfort that will not go away, call your doctor.

    OBTAIN FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY
    This can be a useful tool for yo…