Top 50 Cancer Survival Inspiration Blogs
Once diagnosed with cancer, patients can feel isolated and alone, even from those closest to them. Using the internet as a tool, now they can reach out to anyone, anywhere in the world who wants to share their experience with this devastating disease. They can research, ask questions, post their own story, or they can simply read the stories of those who have been where they are going. From breast cancer to leukemia, these 50 sites cover a variety of subjects.
These blogs deal with everything from life after a mastectomy to caring for your children while undergoing chemotherapy.
1. Breast Cancer Recovery: With over twelve years of experience, this blog specializes in four day retreats for women with breast cancer. There are details on accommodations, activities, and testimonials of past attendees. In addition, there is a link to annual conferences for enhancing the health and quality of their lives, which will feature Elizabeth Edwards for 2009.
2. Breast Cancer Victory: In this outspoken blog, Sylvie takes you through her cancer journey. Diagnosed with breast cancer a few days before her wedding, she tells all. This also includes a frank look at her mastectomy, oophorectomy, and the accompanying menopause.
3. Denver Holistic Health Examiner: With 30 years experience in the Holistic Health Industry, Talismae uses her knowledge to battle breast cancer and help others. Holding two degrees, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Holistic medicine, she has taught at major universities. Her blog includes several posts on naturopathy, diet, and esthetics.
4. My Breast Cancer Blog: This mother tells her story and gives tips for how to deal with the ups and downs of this disease. She has been battling cancer for five years. Her most recent post recounted how her hair has changed for the worse and the flat iron she uses to fight it.
5. Cancer Visa Blog: This blog is a survival guide with honest dialogue that focuses primarily on breast cancer news. It also intended for premenopausal survivors, mothers who have small children, and have been undergoing chemotherapy for over a year. The author has faced issues of fertility, chemotherapy and radiation while pregnant, sexuality, and issues of longevity quality versus quantity.
Communities for Support
These social networking sites allow users to connect, share stories, and get involved in the fight against cancer.
6. Hear Me Roar: Many women who experience a cancer diagnosis gain strength from their fellow survivors and the stories of common experience that emerge from these relationships. The instinct to tell one’s story and to help another along the road is a powerful one for many. This site is a space for women to share their personal stories through essays and in interviews that display the strength, spirit, and humor that define survivorship.
7. Blog For A Cure: This is a community of cancer survivors where you can read, post, or comment on blogs on varying types of the disease. Members can write about anything from chemo visualization to request for prayers. The site also includes photos, memorials, and how to help.
8. Cancer Match: The MySpace of cancer sites, members can create a circle of friends who share a diagnosis, meet or mentor others, write blogs, chat, and post events. Free to use, members can update each other and share pictures. There is even a dating section for those looking for more than a friend.
9. The Cancer Survival Toolbox: A MySpace site for cancer survivors that includes a link to a free audio program. It is designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers develop practical skills to deal with the diagnosis, treatment, and challenges of cancer. The “toolbox” is available by download or by phone.
10. National Coalition For Cancer Survivorship : The oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, they advocate for quality care for all Americans and feature survivor profiles. The NCCS believes in systemic changes in how the nation researches, regulates, finances, and delivers quality cancer care. They also organize a legislative advocacy network that engages constituents across the country in federal cancer-related issues.
11. Out With Cancer: The world’s first program for Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans men and women who are diagnosed with cancer. Founded in 2006, this organization was developed by the national Gay men’s cancer organization. A Bi-phobia and Trans-phobia free zone, a member recently posted about his treatments in Mexico City.
12. The LGBT Cancer Project: Launched in September of 2007, this site has received positive responses from both professionals and survivors across the country. Priorities are education, increasing awareness, advocacy, and offering medical consultations. This useful sites also contains information on how statistics and treatments affect the LGBT community.
From the Dearly Departed
Follow these heart breaking blogs from first diagnosis to last days.
13. Baldy’s Blog: Adrian Sudbury was a reporter, and in November 2006 the 25-year-old was promoted to digital journalist. Just two days into his new role, he became seriously ill and was eventually diagnosed with leukemia. With two distinct types of leukemia running at the same time, he was the only person in the world recorded to have this condition. In his blog, Adrian shares his experiences up until his passing.
14. My Cancer: In May 2006, Leroy Sievers of NPR began a Morning Edition commentary on his fight with cancer by saying, “My doctors are trying to kill me.” For more than two years since, Sievers contributed a monthly commentary to Morning Edition and wrote the daily “My Cancer” blog on NPR.org. This blog details his fight with cancer, including his last days.
15. Surviving Leukemia: In February of 2007, Seth went to the hospital with what he thought was the flu. After a blood test, he was told he had acute leukemia. Although Seth died later that year, his parents still keep this blog going.
16. Surviving Ovarian Cancer: Deciding to get back to her body building ways, Suzanne noticed a pain in her side. After seeing her doctors and having surgery, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This blog recounts Suzanne’s journey, with posts in her last days.
17. Cancer Diva: An administrative assistant in the Houston Chronicle’s sports department, Terry’s had an award-winning blog. In April 2006, she was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and detailed her life through her blog. Terry gives her readers a candid look at life with cancer, including hospital stays, prescription information, her work on an art car, wig shopping, and holidays.
18. Brain Hell: A husband and father of two young children, BH was diagnosed with a 100-percent fatal disorder called ALS in January of 2004. He recounts holidays and gives messages of hope. The posts in his last days are particularly moving.
Celebrities With Cancer
Cancer can happen to anyone, even the rich and famous. These sites are devoted to telling their stories.
19. Celebrity Cancer Diagnosis: This site has up to date information on celebrities with all forms of cancer. People include Farah Fawcett, Robin Roberts, and U.S. Senator George Mitchell. Articles contain topics on first diagnosis, updates, and messages of thanks.
20. Geralyn Lucas: Geralyn was 27 years old and working at 20/20 when she discovered a lump in her breast that was diagnosed as breast cancer. As a result of the diagnosis, she had a mastectomy. She then went on to become author of the best-seller, “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy,” and gives inspiring messages of courage. Also included are links to other helpful sites and what the reader can do to join the fight against cancer.
21. Randy Pausch: A professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy learned that he was terminally ill in September of 2006. This led to his now world renowned lecture, entitled “”The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” His blog recounts professional and personal highlights, is full of photos, and offers links to the lecture.
22. Christina Applegate: Best known for her role as Kelly Bundy on the television series “Married With Children,” Christina announced her diagnosis with breast cancer in August 2008. After undergoing a double mastectomy, the actress soon returned to work. This site has numerous messages of support for her and others experiencing this disease.
Stories of Hope
From martial arts, to young children, these sites are essential to anyone looking for hope.
23. The American Cancer Society: With stories on many different types of cancer, the ACS provides visitors with a variety of choices. You can browse by type of cancer, or join their Cancer Survivors Network. Highlights include using aikido to battle testicular cancer, a gold medalist in the Paralympics in Athens and Beijing, and a male breast cancer survivor.
24. Children’s Cancer Hospital: Nineteen different children recall their experience with varying types and degrees of cancer. From various backgrounds and different ages, these children give the visitor a candid look at their disease. They also recount their treatment at the hospital and what to expect.
25. Survivor Stories From M.D. Anderson: Cancer patients often find hope and inspiration from the personal stories of others who have faced cancer and won. Another site with testimonials on various types and degrees of cancer, the bloggers share everything. The blogs detail how they and their families coped with cancer, and how it changed their lives for the better.
26. The Mayo Clinic: In 1914, the first Mayo Clinic opened its doors. Today, it treats over half a million people each year. With a special section for cancer, stories range from amyloidosis to vaginal cancer.
27. CancerGuide: Steve Dunn was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer in 1989 at the age of 32. Only a month after surgery, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his spine and both lungs. With dozens of stories by others to choose from, he also includes information on clinical trials, cancer basics, and alternative therapies.
28. Cancer Kids: A web-based organization which began in 1997 with one simple objective. The goal was to help children with cancer tell their stories to the world. This is accomplished by providing links to the personal web pages of children who are battling cancer and through the stories section.
29. Breast Cancer Stories: Launched in the summer of 2006, more than 10,000 people log on every month. They post and read stories about the trials of breast cancer and the triumphs of surviving the disease. Patients and care givers can write about their experiences, share their progress with loved ones, read stories, and connect with others who are going through a similar experience.
30. Rare Cancer Support: A site for the rarest cancers, which includes rare benign, borderline, mixed cell tumors, and cancer procedures or treatment stories. RCA’s primary purpose is to disseminate information and provide support to all pediatric and adult rare cancer patients. It’s secondary purpose is to raise awareness and funding for rare cancer research, which seldom benefits from donations made to general cancer research organizations.
Ranging from prostate cancer to talking with your wife, the below takes a look at the men who are struggling with this disease.
31. Advanced Prostate Cancer: Part of Malecare, the APC aims to supplement the care of men diagnosed with advanced and recurrent prostate cancer. This blog focuses on issues generated by this disease and is written by and for men. This site is a useful resource for those seeking information on drugs, clinical trials, and looking to share their stories.
32. Cancer Guy: Jason was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in May of 2006. The cancer started at the colon and had metastasized to the liver as well as a few lymph node spots in the abdomen. After surgery to remove a foot of the colon called sigmoid, he writes as a regular guy about daily life, what inspires him, tips for managing the condition, and useful links.
33. Living With Prostate Cancer: Savvy prostate cancer reader, writer and spouse, Leah runs this blog for men with this disease. Her goal is to help bring about the humane and effective treatment of people with prostate cancer and their loved ones, particularly by members of the medical profession and to build bridges between doctors and patients by providing a forum for communication. This site offers help for men who have questions about lumpectomies, talking to their wives, and how to get involved.
34. Prostate Cancer Advocacy And Action: This blog answers questions on the prostate, how cancer effects it, and how to get involved. With everything from obituaries of past bloggers to information on experimental drugs, this blog is updated often. Visit here if you are also looking for information on tools for activists and treatment news.
35. PSA Rising Prostate Cancer: PSA Rising began in 1997 with a mission to share information, support, and to impact the public realm. When Norman was diagnosed, prostate cancer journals had dismaying titles like “Controversies in Urology.” Nowadays an annual world congress is held under that title. This site contains several resources including medical news, events, and blogs on food and opinions.
36. My Leukemia Diary: After walking into a clinic with a cankle problem, James was soon diagnosed with leukemia. He told to set aside 120 days for chemo and a bone marrow transplant. With a bride-to-be and a nine month old little girl, he immediately got married. Now at the age of 35, James is living his life with the disease and shares his experiences dealing with it.
37. Team God Heals Cancer: David Huston recently had brain surgery for cancer. He set up this site to share his story and to let others know that God really does heal cancer. Using prayer to fight cancer, he also provides daily and inspirational bible verses.
From wives and mothers, to single ladies and students, women share their stories, experiences, and expertise.
38. As The Tumor Turns: A single woman in her fifties, in debt, no income, and no health insurance has things go from bad to worse. She finds out that the grapefruit-sized tumor wedged between her lungs is a malignant high-grade stage IV lymphoma. This is her unedited story and an unflinching look at the disease.
39. Diary Of A Survivor: Geralyn Lucas, author of the book, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, asked Carrie if she wanted to keep an online diary on her website. Geralyn pointed out that it might be very inspiring for other young women to see wedding photos, and to understand that life does not take a break for breast cancer. Diagnosed at the age of 25, Carrie recounts her battle and victory with cancer, including what to expect from chemo treatment.
40. Houston Cancer Examiner: Lisa has worked at the world renowned M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for over 12 years. She is committed to providing timely and credible cancer information in easy to understand language. There are entries on everything from medical marijuana to coping with cancer after losing your job.
41. Life With Cancer : Erin Zammett Ruddy is a blogger and columnist for Glamour magazine. She shares everything with her readers, including the birth of her child, Alex. This blog is a collection of articles and stories about living with cancer.
42. Something Evil This Way Comes: After Spike had been feeling downtrodden she went to her doctor for an ultrasound. It showed that she had a tumor that was the size of an orange attached to an ovary. Dealing with cancer, chemo, and her parent’s death, this blog pulls no punches.
43. Colon Cancer Sucks Ass: In August 2005 at age of 28, Christine was originally diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer that had spread to her liver. After two major surgeries and months of chemotherapy, she showed no evidence of disease. Two years later, a reoccurrence was discovered and she was back on chemotherapy. Her blog discusses life as a student with cancer, links to videos for Stand Up To Cancer, inspirational posts, and links to how to get Congress to help.
Niche Cancer Blogs
These blogs were developed with specific topics in mind.
44. Life Is Good: In 2006, Tam was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then she has hurt, cried, grew, and survived. She feels truly blessed with her everyday mundane life. This is survival story includes information on how to take your healthcare into your own hands and how to deal with surgery and the aftermath.
45. Colon Cancer Blog: Part of About.com, this blog allows posts from various users. Their topics range from colostomies, to concerns about how universal healthcare will affect them. Links include the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.
46. NY Times Well Blog: Columnist Tara Parker-Pope believes the road to better health is paved with small decisions made every day. In this blog, she sifts through medical research and expert opinions for practical advice to help readers take control of their health and live well. While intended for various health conditions, information can range from answers for prostate cancer patients to the pros and cons of various medical treatments.
47. The Assertive Cancer Patient: Jeanne Sather is an outspoken advocate for the cancer patient’s point of view. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 at age 43, she started writing about cancer. Jeanne has written about taking part in clinical trials, living with incurable cancer, “pink ribbon” marketing run amok, strategies for getting through cancer treatment, how to help when a friend has cancer, and much more.
48. Stupid Cancer Blog: The revolution of the youth cancer culture, this blog is an aggressive and somewhat countercultural social movement. There’s never a good time to get cancer, but this blog specializes for those under 40. Several young people contribute on everything from different medications to the downside of the promise of a cure.
49. Hospice And Caregiving Blog: The HFA provides leadership in the development and application of hospice. It also shares its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it. This blog contains stories and articles about the end of life experience.
50. El Blog Del Cancer: A blog in Spanish with various topics and posts. The objective of this blog is to share the different aspects for all types of cancer. Subjects of posts include being pregnant with cancer, diet, and cancer causing genes.
This disease comes in many forms and stages, but fortunately there are an equal and ever growing number of blogs and sites that address various issues. Whether you are diagnosed with cancer, have lost a loved one to it, or just want to get involved, new posts and sites are popping up daily to help in the struggle.