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Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

  • I'm Sam Malone, and I'm surviving Melanoma

    My story and a little more...

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 12, 2009

    In order to accurately tell my story, I need to go back several years
    before my initial diagnosis. Over the course of the year 2000, a
    small “mole” grew on my left wrist. It was fleshy colored, so it did
    not initially jump out as being terribly abnormal. Also during 2000,
    I was serving in the Army in Korea. Once I returned home in late

  • I'm Laura, and I'm living with Melanoma

    When you hear the words you have cancer

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 12, 2009

    I have been a fit person all my life, eat healthy love to play tennis, was a runner, biker, golfer. Love to be active outdoors with my young sons. I was training for a half marathon and noticed I was tired more than usual, and I had found a lump in my left groin. I went to my doctor and she sent me home with some antidepressents and said I ju…

  • I'm Michele F, and I'm a survivor of Melanoma

    Hold your head up and smile.

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 11, 2009

    This has been a crazy roller coaster ride for my family. I hope to never see melanoma again! My biggest support was other melanoma survivors as they know exactly what you are going through.
    The worst thing I did was look on the internet!

    The first two weeks after diagnosis were the scariest because I had no answers, just waiting to meet …

  • I'm Ginny Roth, and I support someone with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's

    The Little Sister

    Best ways to help
    Added Aug 10, 2009

    LOOK for ways to help, they will become obvious.

  • I'm Ginny Roth, and I support someone with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's

    The Little Sister

    Being a supporter means...
    Added Aug 10, 2009

    Whether you agree or disagree, you support the decision the patient makes.

  • I'm michael bashta, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's, Stage 4

    Disabled Vietnam Veteran

    Going through treatment
    Added Aug 9, 2009

    I put my trust in my oncologist, did the chemo plan he and his team devised, and prayed for the best

  • I'm michael bashta, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's, Stage 4

    Disabled Vietnam Veteran

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 9, 2009

    My NHL showed up in my bile duct (gall bladder removed 2007) also in my liver , kidneys, spine and lungs

  • I'm michael bashta, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's, Stage 4

    Disabled Vietnam Veteran

    What I've learned
    Added Aug 9, 2009

    I have found a new outlook on life, and look forward to living a better life not only for myself, but the people around me who I love dearly.

  • I'm michael bashta, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's, Stage 4

    Disabled Vietnam Veteran

    Overcoming fear
    Added Aug 9, 2009

    Obviously I was in shock and disbelief when I was diagnosed, but I had to realize that this is it. The hardest part was waiting for the stains to come back and tell me what kind of cancer I had, and the degree of it. I still worry some, but i believe I will get through just fine.

  • I'm michael bashta, and I'm living with Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's, Stage 4

    disabled Vietnam Veteran

    Paying for treatment
    Added Aug 9, 2009

    I have access to the VA being 100% military rated, but refused to use them because I do not trust them. They are slow in diagnosing, and treatment for which I felt I could not afford. I chose a local hospital who covered much of my bills. I also have medicare, so I get stuck with 20% of the bill. I also have a claim in with the VA, as NHL is a g…

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 …
  • Hi, I'm Craig Blower

    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…