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Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

Cancer and Blood Disorder Experiences

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

    Telling family & friends

    Telling family & friends
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    As I mentioned earlier, when I first learned about the tumor, I had mixed feelings about discussing it. I told my family right away, of course, because I needed help and they are my biggest supporters! There were several close friends who I did call the same night. Part of me wanted to get some of my shock/worry/the weight of the news "off my ch…

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

    Choosing a care team

    Choosing a care team
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    After seeing my primary physician, my family and I decided we would go to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, for further testing because they have an excellent reputation and it is only a forty-five minute drive from our home. My bone-marrow biopsy and tumor biopsy were performed at Mayo. I also consulted with several doctors including an…

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

    My diagnosis

    My diagnosis
    Added Aug 5, 2009

    My diagnosis came as quite a shock. Although I had been having unexplained itching (especially at night…it was very annoying!) for over a year and clothes soaking, sheet drenching night sweats for at least six months, I had no idea until February 1, 2009 that I had a seventeen centimeter tumor in my mediastinum. (The mediastinum is "a portion …

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…