Some people do it to keep friends and family members up-to-date with their treatment and progress. Others do it as a way to get their thoughts out of their minds, while still others feel compelled to do it as a means to leave a lasting impact on the world. There are many individual reasons behind the thousands of people with cancer who start blogging about their journeys, or the parents of children diagnosed with cancer who blog on their behalf.
What often starts as a simple coping strategy, or a catharsis, grows into something much bigger. The online world gives people with chronic and terminal diseases the ability to connect with one another virtually – offering support and encouragement, sharing struggles, getting inspiration, and learning about alternative and experimental treatment options that have worked for others who share their devastating diagnosis. Other survivors have parlayed the biggest fights of their lives into a career that allows them to give back and help others through the process – through speaking, writing books, coaching and advocacy.
NOTE: The following cancer blogs, categorized by type, are NOT rated or ranked in any particular order of quality or importance.
These bloggers take their readers along on their personal journeys, sharing their struggles, trials and tribulations, sharing alternative healing practices and strategies for coping with the ups and downs of battling cancer and undergoing treatment. The opinions represent those of the respective bloggers, and any information should not be considered a replacement for the advice of a physician. Everyone is different, so it’s important to discuss decisions regarding your care and treatment with your healthcare providers who are familiar with your unique circumstances.
If you’ve been impacted by cancer through your own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a friend or family member, you don’t ever have to feel like you’re facing your battle alone. These blogs are an excellent place to start.
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We’ve categorized the top blogs on our list by specific cancer types. Use the jump links below to access each:
- Breast Cancer Blogs
- Ovarian Cancer Blogs
- Pancreatic Cancer Blogs
- Brain Cancer Blogs
- Colon Cancer Blogs
- Lung Cancer Blogs
- Cervical Cancer Blogs
- Childhood/Pediatric Cancer Blogs
- Prostate Cancer Blogs
- Leukemia Blogs
- Melanoma Blogs
- Cancer Survivor Blogs
Breast Cancer Blogs
Breast cancer is one of the most widely publicized, or promoted, cancers, with pink ribbon awareness exploding everywhere during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By getting to know the beautiful ladies behind the blogs below, you’ll quickly discover that the pink ribbon theme is nothing short of despised by breast cancer survivors. These women are living fulfilling lives despite breast cancer, supporting their fellow breast-cancer fighters, raising awareness about early detection and encouraging supporters to direct funding to organizations that make it count.
Katherine O’Brien is the editor of a business-to-business magazine and blogs about her journey with metastatic breast cancer at I Hate Breast Cancer. On her about page, Katherine describes herself as “not too interesting,” but we respectfully disagree. There’s something about her words that make you feel as though she’s sitting right next to you on the couch, chatting like an old friend. Katherine also shares news and information from Living Beyond Breast Cancer and other organizations, news on friends in the cancer community, and background information on breast cancer in an easy-to-understand format.
Three posts we like from I Hate Breast Cancer:
- I Was Not ‘Just Another Person’ with Metastatic Breast Cancer
- R.I.P. Elisa Bond
- What Have We Learned About Metastatic Breast Cancer, Charlie Brown?
Ann Silberman was diagnosed with stage IV terminal breast cancer, but she’s tackling it with grace, class, and sass. Soul Pancake featured Ann and her family in a video in November 2012, after she’d been given a prognosis of one to two years. She set a goal to make it to her youngest son’s graduation, which at the time was 18 months away – in 2014. A self-described “metastatic breast-cancer asskicker,” Ann is approaching every day with appreciation and living in the moment, all while finding time to allow her readers to experience the world through her personal lens filled with humor, realism and acceptance. You can also follow Ann’s inspiring journey on Facebook.
Three posts we like from But Doctor, I Hate Pink:
Based in Seattle, Jill Cohen was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 at the age of 39. In 2002, it returned, and had since spread to her bones, liver and brain. She shares the ups and downs of her journey, while taking care to explain the medical terminology and other complicated details to fully inform and educate her readers. Jill approaches her cancer with the goal of trying to treat it, without compromising her ability to live with it. At times, this is a delicate juggling act, and Jill takes every step in stride.
Three posts we like from Dancing with Cancer:
Carole Sanek has survived more horrific things than most of us can even fathom. Some of her most life-altering struggles occurred before her breast cancer diagnosis, but she’s now put it all behind her – cancer included – and is thriving. A writer, published author and social media manager, Carole runs multiple blogs and has recently launched an After Breast Cancer project which will bring together the voices and incredible stories of many survivors and women living with breast cancer. Learn more about Carole on her Facebook page, After Breast Cancer Reviving Surviving Thriving, or on her personal Facebook page here.
Three posts we like from I Survived Damn Near Everything:
- Surviving People That Always Have to Be Right
- Surviving After Walking Away in Breast Cancer
- Surviving the Summer of Health Scares
Barbara Jacoby has survived not only breast cancer, but domestic abuse as well. She’s turned her own negative experiences into a powerful, supportive community of women who are facing some of life’s biggest challenges. Barbara is also the founder of When Breast Cancer Happens, a worldwide support network for women with breast cancer with a pretty fantastic collection of inspirational breast cancer blogs, books, survivors’ stories and soon, a collection of stories from others who have been inspired by someone with breast cancer. The unique approach is designed to illustrate to women with breast cancer the true impact they have on the people in their lives. You can also find Barbara on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Let Life Happen:
- It Can All Change In An Instant
- Why I Became a Patient Advocate
- Stop Making Cancer Patients Feel Guilty
Ovarian Cancer Blogs
Ovarian cancer often happens to young women in their child—bearing years, making it a particularly devastating diagnosis for a woman who desires to start a family someday. But these stories prove you should never give up hope, with plenty of joyous achievements and paving a new path to reaching their goals. These women will teach you some valuable lessons about life, living and overcoming.
U.K.-based Emily McArthur was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, when she was just 25 years old. After beating her initial diagnosis, her cancer returned in May 2007. Emily has had two miraculous little girls since her initial diagnosis, Molly and Tess. Emily shares her dreams for her daughters, her emotional highs and lows, medical progress and life anecdotes.
Three posts we like from Diary of a Cancer Patient:
- Reaching A Post-Cancer Milestone
- Five Years Clear – And An Emergency Hysterectomy
- Pain management and a chemical menopause
Sarena Perez is a cancer advocate, survivor and college student majoring in Cancer information management so she can pursue her dream of making a major impact in the Cancer community. She’s already making a tremendous impact on the lives of others through her volunteer work for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, in addition to her advocacy work and efforts to support women dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Sarena received a diagnosis of stage III ovarian cancer on Christmas Day, 2011, and she’s tackled it with a vengeance every day since. In 2012, Sarena and a friend she had made through cancer treatment started Cancer Babes, a support group to support young people with cancer from diagnosis through years of recovery.
Three posts we like from Journey Through Ovarian Cancer:
Maggie Heim, a grandmother who spent more than 30 years practicing law, blogs about her journey with ovarian cancer, observations, and experiences at Help Keep a Sister Alive. Her website, by the same name, is a resource destination for women with ovarian cancer or other types of cancer, including financial resources, cancer blogs, the latest cancer research and information on clinical trials. Maggie, who has a research PhD in Psychology and a JD from UCLA, started her website in 2011 as a means to share information on the critical drug shortages that were impacting ovarian cancer patients. You can also find Help Keep a Sister Alive on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Help Keep a Sister Alive:
- Guest Post on Drug Shortages- Very Moving!
- Four Years of Taking a Licking And Still Ticking
- Although Living with TWO Cancers Has Kept Me Busy, Still Passionate About Prevention
Patsy was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 2006, and after initial success, it returned in 2009. Living with constant fear, anxiety and doubt – the emotional roller-coaster of cancer – has been the most difficult part of battling cancer for her, so she’s chosen to be active and involved in her treatment decisions. After an initial period of depression and withdrawing from life, Patsy emerged with a vengeance and decided to share her story with the world.
Three posts we like from Cancer Emotions:
Karen Ingalls has had a difficult journey with ovarian cancer with many struggles, but also many rewarding moments along the way. A retired R.N. with a Master’s degree in human development, Karen has worked with individuals and families facing addiction, abuse, divorce, untimely deaths and other challenges, so she decided to use the same tools she provided to her patients in dealing with her own diagnosis. Now also a published author, Karen’s mission is to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and provide support to women and their families. All proceeds from her book sales go to support ovarian cancer research.
Three posts we like from Outshine Ovarian Cancer:
Pancreatic Cancer Blogs
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, often with slim long-term survival odds. These five bloggers are each at different stops in their own journeys. Some are blogging, raising awareness and carrying on in memory of a loved one who lost their fight. Others are plowing full-force ahead, refusing to let pancreatic cancer get in their way of living. And others, like Bob Brown, are sharing miraculous stories of recovery from circumstances that made recovery seem impossible.
Blogger Jane tells the story of her family’s journey coping with her mother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. When her mother was diagnosed in November 2010, Jane turned to the Internet in search of blogs, organizations, websites, personal accounts and anything she could find that would offer a glimmer of hope. What she found was a lack of personal, heartfelt information from real people dealing with the reality of pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Journey Blog sets out to change all that with regular accounts of her mother’s treatments, progress and setbacks, as well as an abundance of resources on diagnosis, prognosis, treatments, side effects, alternative therapies, hospital experiences, end-of-life care and more.
Three posts we like from The Pancreatic Cancer Journey Blog:
Carl Denning is a 40-year-old with pancreatic cancer who spends his days creating street food. His blog depicts his journey both battling his cancer diagnosis and battling the everyday challenges that await him in his street food business, Market Wraps. While his diagnosis creates some anxiety now and then, Carl refuses to allow his diagnosis to get in the way of his dreams and focuses on growing his company. You can also catch Carl on Google+, where he’s posted a few video blogs.
Three posts we like from Surviving pancreatic cancer and my street food life:
Bob Brown was diagnosed with stage III inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2008, at age 50, out of nowhere and in the midst of a seemingly-perfect, ordinary-yet-wonderful life with his wife and children. He fought against all odds, seeking aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments in order to attempt to shrink the tumor to an operable stage – without success. Alternative surgical options proved viable, but not without months and months of extensive recovery. He did it, survived it, and is proudly living cancer-free five years later. He’s published a memoir, The Ride Of My Life – A Fight To Survive Pancreatic Cancer, and shares his inspiring no-holds-barred battle and ultimate success with pancreatic cancer patients through his blog, speaking engagements and media appearances.
Three posts we like from Bob Brown – Pancreatic Cancer Survivor:
- Jack Andraka, The new boy wonder!
- My Interview with the Patch.com – Raritan Man Beats Pancreatic Cancer
- Surviving Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer – Part 1, Attitude Matters
On November 4, 2007, Kathy received the news that her mother had pancreatic cancer. Her journey lasted 348 days, and the flood of emotions Kathy experienced prompted her to begin writing to cope with her loss. Despite her awareness that her mother would not survive this disease, she found herself unprepared for her death. Kathy still blogs as an outlet, still speaks from the heart, and provides a sense of comfort to many of her readers experiencing similar circumstances.
Three posts we like from Kathy’s Blog: Healing from the Loss of a Parent:
Lisa Niemi Swayze is the wife of the late actor Patrick Swayze, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September 2009, just two years after his diagnosis. Lisa didn’t initially know much about pancreatic cancer, but quickly learned that it’s the number one killer among the top five cancers – and research for pancreatic cancer is drastically under-funded. A writer, director and producer, Lisa carries on in Patrick’s memory to support pancreatic cancer research for a cure. Her latest memoir, depicting her last few months with Patrick as he fought to the end of his journey, “Worth Fighting For,” is now available. You can also follow Lisa on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Lisa Niemi Swayze:
Brain Cancer Blogs
Brain tumors seem to happen when you least expect them. Of course, no one is ever expecting to discover that they have a brain tumor. Brain tumors are so complex, and they can take many forms, making a broadly accepted treatment regimen difficult. Every person with brain cancer has a different story and a different set of challenges. These five bloggers bravely face their cancer or are fighting alongside a loved one, every step of the way. But there’s one thing they share in common: They’re making big plans for the future and approaching life with optimism.
Jessica Oldwyn was shocked to learn she had a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball in August 2010, at the age of just 29. She underwent surgery within days of diagnosis, followed by another emergency brain surgery, but a new tumor began to grow within months. In January 2013, she began a five-year treatment regimen. Jessica is a prolific blogger, with hundreds of posts since she began her blog in August 2010.
Three posts we like from Jessica Oldwyn:
Nora and her husband Aaron first met in 2006, met again in 2010 and quickly fell in love. In 2011, a seizure at work led to Aaron’s brain tumor diagnosis. The couple married that year and have been fighting the battle side-by-side since the beginning. Nora and Aaron are approaching his treatment with wholehearted enthusiasm and positivity. While some people have expressed surprise that they’re happy and enjoying life instead of angry and in-despair, Nora explains her positive outlook and the importance of appreciating the little, simple things in life.
Three posts we like from My Husband’s Tumor:
- On kindness, happiness and why the little things matter.
- What’s so bad about being positive?
- Are you a person who finds opportunity in difficulty, or difficulty in opportunity?
Rachel Stratton, who has an identical twin, Jordyn, is a 17-year-old girl battling brain cancer. In April 2012, she was diagnosed with DIPG, which impacts the brain stem. Rachel was given a prognosis of nine months – 20 months ago, and she’s still going strong, dreaming about the future, pursuing goals and carving out her place in the world. In fact, she and a friend just started a clothing company, Mindless, which will donate 100% of proceeds to CureSearch, a research foundation funding children’s cancer research.
Three posts we like from Rachel’s Cancer Journey:
Ben Watterson, a 23-year-old student from the U.K., was diagnosed with brain cancer in September 2013. He started blogging as a therapeutic, positive way to express his emotions and possibly receive some positive support and advice from readers. Ben’s posts are thorough, explaining the details of his treatment plans, reasons behind the decisions, symptoms, outcomes and other information, mixed in with philosophical insights about life and cancer and happy moments shared with friends and family.
Three posts we like from Ben’s Brain Tumor Blog:
- Future Dates, Future Concerns and some Positive Thinking
- Decisions, Aspirations, Aspartame and Immunology
Blogger C.W. Barr started blogging about his wife’s brain cancer the day they received her diagnosis in November 2012. C.W. provides an upfront and honest view at the impacts cancer has on not only the patient, but spouses, children, finances and even friendships. Melissa, his wife, has experienced several ups and downs, and C.W.’s first-hand account from a spouse’s perspective provides intriguing insight into the true impacts a cancer diagnosis can have on so many lives. Yet through every step, he stands by her, supports her and maintains a positive outlook.
Three posts we like from Barr’s Battle Brain Cancer:
- Brain Cancer: Coping With Personality & Behavior Changes
- Brain Cancer Ups and Downs
- Patience, Patients.
Colon Cancer Blogs
Colon cancer is an unpredictable disease. These five bloggers share their trials and tribulations, successes and setbacks, along their road to the eventual cure. Some colon cancer fighters see their cancer diagnosis as an opportunity for spiritual growth, while others have transitioned their years of emotional upheaval and physical struggles into meaningful work, books and other programs that will help fellow colon cancer sufferers emerge as winners from their own unique battles.
Michelle is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend – and cancer warrior. She’s been fighting colon cancer since her diagnosis in 2008 and subsequent diagnosis of metastasis in 2012. Michelle started her blog as a way to share updates about her treatment and progress with friends and family, and found it to be a therapeutic coping mechanism for herself and a way to process her thoughts as she travels the emotional roller-coaster of cancer. Her authenticity shines through in her honest accounts of the symptoms, emotional struggles and many adjustments that come along with a cancer diagnosis. “Cancer hasn’t defined me. It has refined me,” she says.
Three posts we like from Mission: Remission:
Glenn Morris has been battling colon cancer since his diagnosis in January 2013. In mid-2013, he stopped blogging after posting regularly for several months. Glenn’s recent post explains he was on a personal journey, going through a depression and reflective phase that he was unable to share through his blog. Part of that journey was the discovery of lesions on his lungs that may indicate metastasis and subsequent detour from the original treatment plan – a plan that would have placed him into remission. Also during that time he earned his Master’s degree. His posts are informative, touching on the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and the struggle to engage in those difficult, life-changing conversations.
Three posts we like from Bo Morris:
- Learning to Share
- Playing the Odds
- Regression- Depression- Recovery-Next- Rounds of Scans, Labs and more news
A genetic mutation placed Chris Pedersen at a dramatically increased risk of developing colon cancer. Over the course of four screenings, physicians removed more than 60 pre-cancerous polyps and one cancerous polyp the size of a marble. After a radical change to her diet, adopting eating practices said to reduce or eliminate cancer, a fifth screening showed a completely clear colon. Chris blogs about her lifestyle and cancer-fighting diet, with lessons and inspirational anecdotes from her personal success story and general outlook on life.
Three posts we like from Healthy Journey Café:
Cheri Davis is a healer, massage therapist, yoga and meditation teacher sharing her experiences and personal growth throughout her cancer journey, which she found to be a healing process for the soul. She was 42 and was already living a healthy lifestyle, but she realized she had to make a radical shift in order to improve her odds of preventing the cancer from returning. Everything she’s learned along the way has led her to gradually adopt a cancer-detox diet, eliminating all potentially cancer-causing foods from her diet. By sharing what she’s learned and her opinion on various treatment methodologies, Cheri hopes to inspire others to take better care of their minds, bodies and spirits and never have to experience the devastation of a cancer diagnosis.
Three posts we like from Healthy with Cancer:
Sharon O’Connor is a mother, wife, e-book author, blogger and stage IV colon cancer survivor. Her blog, Sustain Me, is an account of her personal journey through diagnosis and treatment, which she hopes will inspire and support others navigating their own way through the shock, emotions and physical symptoms of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Sharon has published an e-book, Sustain Me: Notes on Cancer, a journal of her journey to heal from stage IV colon cancer, offered free as a helpful, supportive and encouraging guide to others still struggling with the reality of cancer.
Three posts we like from Sustain Me:
Lung Cancer Blogs
Lung cancer can happen to anyone – even people who have never smoked a cigarette in their lives. These bloggers are rallying against lung cancer, raising awareness and re-educating society on the realities of lung cancer. Most of the bloggers listed below share the sentiment that blogging has given them a sense of purpose.
Tori Tomalia was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2013, marking the beginning of her second battle with cancer in her life. This time, however, her cancer is considered incurable and terminal. She has a five-year-old son and two-year-old twin girls that keep her on her toes, and she continues to be present in every moment she has with her children, taking life one day at a time. There are many motivations behind her writing, but one of the most significant is her desire to leave something behind to reflect the important conversations she may not be able to have with her children one day. Yet, her treatment regimen is working and she remains optimistic about the future.
Three posts we like from A Lil Lytnin’ Around the World:
Emily Bennett Taylor was diagnosed with lung cancer at 28 years old. After months of chemotherapy, Emily had her entire lung removed to prevent recurrence. Wishing to start a family with her husband Miles someday, she’s already undergoing infertility treatments to hopefully combat some of the negative effects of chemotherapy and be able to conceive. Emily has remained upbeat, active and engaged in life, embracing each change with courage and strength. Her inspirational story has been covered by several major media outlets.
Three posts we like from Emily Bennett Taylor:
Lisa is a 41 year-old wife and mother who never smoked and lived a healthy lifestyle, even teaching fitness classes until December 2013, when she became too sick to do so. In January 2014, Lisa was diagnosed with stage IV Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma and started aggressive chemotherapy within days. She hopes her blog will raise awareness about the fact that lung cancer can and does happen to people who have never smoked and maybe save a few lives. Having been recently diagnosed, Lisa’s blog is new but she’s already making an impact with awareness and fundraising events held in her honor and her own participation in the cancer community. Her husband Eric takes the wheel behind the keyboard from time to time, as well.
Three posts we like from Every Breath I Take:
Linnea Duff has been fighting her battle with lung cancer for six and a half years. Linnea says her survival has given her an opportunity to be a voice for lung cancer, so she started her blog to tell her story. “My purpose in recounting my experiences is two-fold: to offer hope and to provide a window into the life of someone living with terminal lung cancer. And I do mean living. I have lung cancer, but it doesn’t have me,” she says. Linnea chose to participate in a clinical trial and responded incredibly well to the trial drug, allowing her disease to be managed at the present time.
Three posts we like from Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer:
- Some self reflection and personal transparency
- A dose of self improvement
- Living, dying and the laws of attraction
Janet Freeman-Daily was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2011. By October 2011, it had metastasized. Janet participates in clinical trials and has experienced success with experimental lung cancer treatments. She’s using the time she has left to provide knowledge and resources to others about lung cancer, delving into the science behind lung cancer, cancer treatments and science and technology. Her blog is an informative and engaging read, covering her treatment progress, life lessons and perspectives, and valuable information about science, medicine and technology.
Three posts we like from Gray Connections:
Cervical Cancer Blogs
Cervical cancer strikes both young and older women, leading to painful hysterectomies, lengthy chemotherapy treatments, and for young women, the possible prospect that they may never be able to conceive a child. These women want to share their stories in hopes that they’ll be meaningful and valuable to another women just embarking on her own journey and not knowing what to expect.
Kelly Creager gives the world a glimpse into her journey with cervical cancer at My Cervical Cancer Journey. She was diagnosed with stage II cervical cancer in May 2010 at the age of 41. A single mother of triplets at the time and also needing knee replacement surgery, Kelly was facing an uphill battle that would make many people crawl under the covers and hide. After a complete hysterectomy, she received the good news that her cancer had not metastasized.
Three posts we like from My Cervical Cancer Journey:
Stephanie has an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer called Large Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Cervix. There’s little funding and no standard treatment protocol; in fact, some oncologists have never heard of it, let alone treated it. She received her diagnosis in January 2012, just days after her 25th birthday. She takes her readers along for the ride on her journey to a cancer-free life. Sometimes, her husband Matt weighs in when she’s recovering from surgery or undergoing treatment.
Three posts we like from Derailing My Diagnosis:
Suzanne was diagnosed with cervical cancer four months before her wedding. On November 14, 2011, she wrote her final blog announcing her clear scan and that her assignment was now to “move forward and live her life.” That post marked the end of her original blog – and her journey with cancer – at Wedding Excitement Turns to Cancer Treatment. Today, she blogs at Waking Up On Death Row to offer the world some visibility into life following cancer treatment – the struggles of planning for the future and moving forward and past the roller-coaster ride that had been your life for the past year, two, or ten.
Three posts we like from Waking Up On Death Row:
On encouragement from close friends, Kami went to the doctor as a result of some symptoms she had been having – only to discover that she had a cancerous mass that the doctor was able to detect on a standard exam. That was back in 2012. Her doctor told her she was going to fight this and win, and that’s exactly what she set out to do. Kami offers an authentic look into her journey, revealing both hard truths and joyful gains with honesty.
Three posts we like from Kami Inside Out:
Kath, born in Ireland, raised in Australia and currently living in London, was diagnosed with stage 1B1 cervical cancer in December 2012. By April 2013, she was declared cancer-free. Her blog shares the details of her journey, surgeries, treatments and overall progress. For other women with cervical cancer, her in-depth look with details and facts about different complications and procedures is incredibly valuable insight into the “What should I expect?” question that plaques the mind of anyone heading down such an uncertain path.
Three posts we like from Kath’s Cervical Cancer Journey:
Childhood/Pediatric Cancer Blogs
Few things are more devastating than pediatric cancer. These parents are sharing their children’s journeys while trying to maintain strength and provide the motherly support their children so desperately need – even though they feel like they can’t hold it together for one more second at times. Some pediatric cancer blog have taken on a new life as charitable foundations that continue to spread awareness and raise funds for research in honor of a child who lost his fight. Others are celebrating remission, and still others are in the trenches of their battles. In any case, every blog is poignant and impactful.
Ben is a four-year-old boy with a twin brother, Jack, a younger sister, Megan, and another younger sister on the way. Ben’s blog is written by his mother, Mindi, a former elementary school teacher. Ben’s journey began in mid-January 2014, when he began complaining of frequent headaches. Several doctor and hospital visits later, the Sauer family heard the news they never wanted to hear: Ben had a brain tumor. A deadly tumor called stage IV Glioblastoma – an extraordinarily rare and aggressive tumor that meant he likely had just a few months to live. Ben’s tumor proved so resistant to treatment that the family is currently working to keep him comfortable and praying for a miracle. Mindi’s blogs are so touching and real, devastating and inspiring at the same time that there are now thousands of people following Ben’s journey.
Three posts we like from Ben Sauer:
Declan was born in August 2009, sharing a birthday with his twin brother, Cole. In March 2010, Declan was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Declan lost his battle in August of 2010, just a few days shy of his first birthday. His parents, Sherri and Stan Carmichael, have continued in their son’s honor to spread awareness and work towards a cure through Journey 4 A Cure, an organization they created to raise funds for advancing research, provide support to families enduring their own journeys with brain cancer, and spread broader awareness about this devastating disease in hopes that someday, no family will have to endure the heartache that they have gone through.
Three posts we like from Declan’s Journey:
Katie Clark is a writer and published author, so the decision to blog about her daughter’s journey with brain cancer was a natural one. Emma’s battle was challenging and emotionally devastating, but she emerged triumphant and is now living life cancer-free. Katie’s posts are a mix of self-reflection, advice on dealing with the emotional hurdles of parenting a child with cancer, information on charities that support cancer research and details on her daughter’s continued journey.
Three posts we like from Katie Clark:
Ronan was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma in August 2010, and lost his battle in May 2011, just eight months later. His mom, Maya, blogs at Rockstar Ronan in support of the Ronan Thompson Foundation, which was created in Ronan’s honor. Maya’s posts are written as letters from mother to child, as she shares with her son the details of life, lessons she’s learned, heartaches she’s survived, battles won and lost. Heart-wrenching at times, but always beautiful and authentic, Maya’s blog reaches out and touches the soul of her readers.
Three posts we like from Rockstar Ronan:
- Wait… Poppy is one? How did that happen already??
- Learning how to live, half alive
- All I want in life is a cure for childhood cancer and to be glitter bombed.
Emily Whitehead’s journey is remarkable. Just after her 5th birthday in May 2010, she was diagnosed with standard risk pre-b acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A relapse in October 2011 turned her once great odds to a much bleaker outlook. Several rounds of chemotherapy without success led doctors to say Emily’s cancer was incurable. Emily’s parents enrolled her in a highly experimental clinical trial at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and she became the first pediatric patient to ever receive genetically modified T-cells to fight leukemia. A close brush with death, several weeks on a ventilator and widespread media exposure of her story later, Emily’s story has become a case study for success and an inspiration to families everywhere. Kari and Tom, Emily’s parents, continue to spread awareness about childhood leukemia through her blog, and Tom’s “We Believe” mantra has become symbolic of their journey. You can also follow Emily’s journey on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Emily Whitehead:
- A Visit From 60 Minutes Australia
- Mom’s View :: Constant Worry
- Emily’s New Year’s Resolution? A Hamster.
Prostate Cancer Blogs
Prostate cancer isn’t something many men like to discuss. These brave bloggers have stepped forward and are courageously sharing their personal struggles with fellow prostate cancer fighters and survivors, as well as their wives and loved ones who can benefit from a glimpse into what the struggle feels like from the inside.
L. Michael Glode, M.D., is a medical oncologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. He started Prost8blog out of his own interest in the disease, as a means to help patients and families understand the different aspects of prostate cancer and provide information on treatments, clinical trials and research. His professional perspective is informative and insightful for patients navigating prostate cancer.
Three posts we like from Prost8blog:
- Prostatectomy compared to Active/Watchful Surveillance
- The challenge of new drugs
- Amazing genetics and personalized medicine
Daniel Sencier started his blog after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2010. Like most cancer bloggers, he started blogging as a way to keep friends and family informed, but it grew into a campaigning tool. He successfully helped initiate some improvements at his local hospital and raise awareness about prostate cancer. His blogs include advice for prostate cancer patients, his personal successes and failures, links to informative prostate cancer news and organizations, and more.
Three posts we like from Prostate cancer – Our journey!:
- Nelson Mandela was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1985….
- They will always remember how you made them feel…
- Can I have an MRI scan please?
John Wagontall started the Cycle for Life Ride as a means to raise funding for prostate cancer research and raise awareness about the disease after fighting his own battle with prostate cancer, beginning in 2004. John continues his battle with prostate cancer, which has spread into his pelvis. Despite undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he remains upbeat and committed to winning his battle.
Three posts we like from Cycle for Life:
Dan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2010 at the age of 52. He started blogging as a creative outlet and a means to get the many racing thoughts out of his head. Dan won his battle, but continues to post on his blog on the 11th of every month – the anniversary date of his diagnosis – because he remembers how powerful it was to read first-hand accounts from other men living with prostate cancer and wants to offer the same support.
Three posts we like from Dan’s Journey Through Prostate Cancer:
- Month 40 – State of the Science
- Three Years Since Diagnosis
- Month 34 – Perspectives on Prostate Cancer
Leukemia and lymphoma take many forms and can affect anyone at any time. This horrible disease can impact children and adults alike, forcing those who are fighting it to undergo lengthy courses of treatment. While looking leukemia in the face is no easy feat, these bloggers have a will and a way and are willing to do whatever it takes.
Paul Pavao was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2011, and it turned out to be a source of spiritual growth for him. As of May 2013, Paul was in remission and enjoying life to the fullest again, working part-time in a warehouse, writing part-time, and building a publishing company. In among that mix of activities, he participates in church leadership and coaches other leukemia patients through treatment.
Three posts we like from Thrilled to Death:
Alex was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2013 as a toddler. Her mom, Lucy, began blogging about her journey the day she started chemotherapy. Today, Alex is still undergoing treatment but is now able to receive chemotherapy at home, avoiding the hospital stay. Lucy provides a play-by-play account of Alex’s treatment, complications, progress and setbacks with regular updates, along with photos of Alex always with a smile through it all.
Three posts we like from Alex Fights Leukemia:
John Schiaroli started 821 for Anna, his 9-year-old stepdaughter, when she was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2013. The type of leukemia Anna has requires 2 years and 3 months, or 821 days, of treatment in order to reach the ultimate goal of a cure. John blogs as a way to raise awareness about leukemia, raise funds to contribute to the high out-of-pocket costs for Anna’s treatment, and most importantly, to inspire Anna as she endures a painful and emotionally challenging journey at such a young age. You can follow Anna’s journey on Facebook and also check out her Rally page.
Three posts we like from 821 for Anna:
- Day 116 – 118 Continued – THE CINCINNATI Effect
- A bloggers note
- Day 92 – The day 272 lives could be saved!
Brian Koffman, M.D. started his blog to document his own journey with leukemia, but it’s since turned into a way to share the universal truths of dealing with cancer. His blog is for people who share “a need to laugh, a need to know and an unwillingness to accept the impossible.” He started his blog back in April 2008 and has written hundreds of informative, insightful, inspirational and authentic posts about his own journey, people he’s met along the way, and his view of cancer.
Three posts we like from Brian Koffman:
- The Good Cancer
- Pills, Pills and More Pills: A Serious and Sometimes Humorous Look at Adherence
- Another CLL (Chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Patient Dies Disease Free from Complications of Her Treatment
Larry Ronstadt, a fourth-grader from Tucson, AZ, was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2011 and embarked on a two-year journey with the goal of a cure. Larry’s dad, Jeff, conducts fundraising efforts to support leukemia and lymphoma research, while his mom documents his treatments and the many moments he gets to spend enjoying life, being a kid and playing baseball. While there are both ups and downs, she approaches their journey with a positive attitude and inspiring outlook on the world.
Three posts we like from Larry Kicks Leukemia’s Butt!:
Melanoma cancer survivors, and friends and loved ones of those who have lost their fights, are feisty and passionate about their cause. These bloggers aren’t afraid to have their voices heard and use their experiences to make others aware of preventable risks that could lead to melanoma, and how to overcome the obstacles if you’ve been diagnosed.
Chelsea is a 25-year-old woman battling stage III melanoma with a fierce attitude and determination to emerge triumphant. She refuses to allow melanoma to destroy her life, instead sharing her experiences for the benefit of others and using her voice to raise awareness about melanoma. Chelsea wants others to learn from her mistakes, so she’s making her voice heard by contributing articles to cancer and health-related websites and organizations and making media appearances to share her message.
Three posts we like from Adventures with My Enemy Melanoma:
Erin Youngerberg lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, right outside of New York City. Diagnosed with melanoma in October 2010, Erin immediately immersed herself in the melanoma and broader cancer communities, learning about her disease and options and connecting with others who share her diagnosis. Erin’s blog is a platform for sharing treatment updates and posts about her other interests, including travel, healthy living and photography, and melanoma-related news and information.
Three posts we like from Melanoma and the City:
- Donations for Research and the controversy it can bring…
- Mole Checks
- Warning – Graphic pictures – Battle Wounds of Melanoma
Alan Estep lost his brother, Jeff, to malignant melanoma in November 2010. Black is the New Pink is his outlet for educating people about melanoma prevention, the need for research funding, the latest treatments, and anything that forwards the cause of melanoma awareness. His passion for the cause shows in every post as he shares valuable information, research, news and opportunities, along with a few insightful life lessons along the way. You can also get updates from Black is the New Pink on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Black is the New Pink:
Bennie Lunsford’s wife shares personal accounts of their family’s journey through his melanoma diagnosis and treatments. Their journey began back in November 2005, when Bennie had a mole removed that was found to be stage I melanoma. They thought they had dodged a bullet – but in January 2012, they received the devastating news that he had stage IV melanoma. They’re fighting this disease side-by-side with determination, love and commitment.
Three posts we like from The Lunsford’s Melanoma Journey:
Rich McDonald has been on a journey since 2003 – a journey to find the good and the funny in the midst of the battle of his life with stage IIIc melanoma. He also advocates for melanoma awareness and funding on his Facebook page. A note on his “About” profile conveys his personality and attitude: “If you’re wondering why my golden retriever, Jordan, is pictured here, well, he actually writes most of my posts and he’s a lot better looking than me.” He has a knack for finding the silver lining in just about anything life can throw at you.
Three posts we like from Welcome to the Hotel Melanoma:
Cancer Survivor Blogs
These five blogs offer hope and advice for successfully beating cancer and emerging victorious at the end of your personal cancer race. From health and nutritional strategies to sheer will, determination and positive thinking, these stories are sure to inspire you to thrive.
Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2003, at the age of 26. He underwent surgery, refused chemotherapy, and instead embarked on his own mission to use nutrition and natural therapies to rid his body of cancer. He’s cancer-free, sharing his natural anti-cancer method with the world and coaching other people with cancer who have chosen to take a natural approach to their treatment. His blog is filled with information about cancer-fighting foods, stories of cancer survivors who have won their battles using natural treatments, and information about his stance on chemotherapy. You can also find Chris Beat Cancer on Facebook.
Three posts we like from Chris Beat Cancer:
- Radical Remission! Amazing Research on People Who Heal Cancer
- How Stress and Negativity Prevent Cancer Healing
- Why I Didn’t Do Chemo
Sue Kilburn is a clinical nurse breast cancer educator at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, Pennsylvania. A survivor herself who was already a nurse when she was diagnosed, she transitioned her experience into her career in order to provide meaningful support to other people going through the same challenging journey. Her unique position enables her to touch on the most pressing issues and provide a valuable resource for the online community.
Three posts we like from Sue – A Breast Cancer Survivor:
Tami Boehmer is a wife, mother, blogger, author, speaker and cancer survivor who beat the odds and won her fight. Tami has penned a book about cancer survivorship: From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. She had worked for hospitals and healthcare institutions for years as a public relations professional, but found herself on the other side as a patient after her cancer diagnosis. In 2008, she had a recurrence of breast cancer after reaching her five-year cancer-free milestone just months prior. This time, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and liver. Determined to beat the odds, she started interviewing miraculous survivors and compiling their inspirational stories. Her blog and her work is her way of giving back to the world.
Three posts we like from Miracle Survivors:
- Snapshot of my life: cancer not included
- By the book
- Writing as healing therapy … and an exciting announcement!
Nicole McLean began blogging to keep family and friends up-to-date after her stage IIIa breast cancer diagnosis. She quickly found it to be a creative and emotional release to cope with her uphill battle, and has since made writing her career. She’s vocal about breast cancer awareness and an active advocate on social media and in the online world. She says she quickly learned that not everyone appreciates the name she’s given her blog, but that it represents her lighthearted and fun personality. You can find her on Facebook here.
Three posts we like from My Fabulous Boobies:
- 50 Affirmations for breast cancer survivors
- Is there life WITHOUT cancer for a survivor?
- Fighting moments of survivor’s guilt
Debbie Woodbury found that sharing her personal cancer journey was a healing and empowering process, which inspired her to start Where We Go Now, a blog and community “to create inspired healing, wellness and live out loud moments.” She has authored two books on cancer survivorship, You Can Thrive After Treatment and How to Build an Amazing Life After Treatment. She also speaks publicly about her own experiences and how to rebuild and recreate a life and a future after cancer, a task that is actually extremely difficult for many cancer survivors yet is something that gets little attention in cancer education resources. Debbie aims to fill that gap. Find her on Facebook here.
Three posts we like from Where We Go Now:
- Running on Empty – Coping with Cancer Stress
- 10 Little Things to Do With Mindful Awareness
- The Secret to Making Your Way on Your Cancer Journey
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