Top 30 Inspirational Cancer Survivor Blogs
By Kat Sanders
No matter how the doctor delivers the news, cancer is a devastating blow. Then, you have the privilege of telling your family and friends, tolerating chemotherapy and dealing with a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes letting it all hang out and facing it can be the best way to deal with an enormous obstacle. Our top 30 inspirational individual cancer survival blogs do just that, and, not only is it therapeutic for individual, it’s therapeutic for the families involved and other patients encountering cancer as well. Read on for some heavy inspiration from these highly personal journeys.
1. The Nathan White Family Blog – A heart-wrenching blog written by Jonathan White’s dad, Nathan, and Jonn’s struggle through cancer at an extremely young age. Warning – this one will break your heart.
2. The Journal of a Prizefighter – A fighter’s blog against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, and suffered a relapse in 2005, the same year he began his blog.
3. Asher’s Journey After Brain Cancer – The touching story of Asher, a kindergartener, and his recovery and survival from brain cancer.
4. My Lymphoma Story – Brandi chronicles her struggle with lymphoma and extreme chemotherapy. Her blog is very up close and personal as she leaves no holds barred in her posts on her daily tribulations.
5. The Adventures of Baldy Locks – Only as the woman herself could put it – “One girls adventures through Chemotherapy Land and beyond. Her quest; to live and discover the new normal of life.”
6. When the Doctor Becomes the Patient: A New Lung Cancer Voice – Lisa Woody, a doctor and mother, was diagnosed in 2008 with lung cancer. As she goes through her journey with lung cancer, Woody provides a unique perspective as a physician.
7. My Blood Hates Me – Matt’s hopeful blog on living with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and his hateful blood.
8. They Call Me Galvez – A brain cancer survivor, Galvez is a young man that endured hardship and is now an active member of the young adult cancer survivor community.
9. I Kicked Cancer’s A** – Meaghan, a law school graduate and cervical cancer survivor, provides a glimpse into the life of a cancer survivor and her hardships with existing secondary effects of radiation.
10. Michelle Will Win Against Colon Cancer – A 32-year-old mother and colon cancer fighter blogs on her winning fight and provides support to others through her writing.
11. Heidi’s Hot Flashes – Planet Cancer blogger Heidi blogs on her symptoms and chemotherapy sessions as she battles cancer with a big dose of humor.
12. Lumpy’s Diary – “News and spews” from Tom, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, and his wife Cassandra.
13. Eric’s Updates: Allogeneic Transplant for Hodgkins – Eric MacLeod, a 21-year-old college student diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, has his own blog updates on his allogeneic transplant and chemotherapy courtesy of his mother Kathy.
14. Cowgirl Attitude – A blog by a Southern girl transplanted in Chicago and recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She details her doctor appointments, diets and feelings as she fights the disease day by day.
15. The Stolen Colon – The story of a young woman named Steph diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, a type of colon cancer. Steph blogs on her struggles and life’s ups and downs.
16. My Ride on the Hodgkins Bus… – An emotional ride through this 31-year-old’s ride with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
17. Radiation Daze – Jenngie’s journal during her radiation therapy after enduring a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy.
18. Chemopalooza – Kelly’s regularly updated blog on her chemotherapy treatment, struggles with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and current remission status.
19. The Cancer Warrior – Radio DJ Mel Majoros shares her reflections on having invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer while remaining an advocate for others with cancer.
20. Pink Ribbon Sally – An overnight sensation, Sally shares her journey with breast cancer and has become a guru to others fighting cancer diseases.
21. The Colon Chronicles – Becca’s stories on her fight against colon cancer. Be sure to check out her new video diaries and booty blogroll.
22. Cancerous Capers – Jamie Bartley Ross, a 19-year-old student, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and now blogs about his life with cancer as well as a few “socially unacceptable” subjects we’ll let you read about for yourself.
23. I’ve Still Got Both My Nuts – A two-time cancer survivor before his twentieth birthday, Benjamin Rubenstein not only kicked cancer to the curb, but has written a book about it.
24. Jayne’s Breast Cancer Blog – Freelance writer and breast cancer survivor Jayne England Byrne blogs about her experiences with breast cancer as well as news and updates on cancer research.
25. I Made Cancer My B**ch! – A light-hearted look at a Hogdkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Blogger Ryan Armbrust takes you through his whole cancer treatment while remaining completely positive about 98 percent of the time.
26. To Keep You, A Breast – Melissa takes her readers along on her ride with breast cancer from her diagnosis in 2007.
27. Miss Melanoma – Exploring the lighter side of skin cancer, Lori gives laughter and hope to others living with cancer.
28. Umm, That Wasn’t the Diagnosis You Originally Gave Me… – Tomasita Rivera chronicles her chemotherapy treatments and happy moments over the past year since her cancer diagnosis.
29. Confessions of a CF Husband – While cystic fibrosis is not cancer, this blog by Nathan Lawrenson touches his readers with updates on his family and wife Tricia living with CF.
30. Mary Blocksma’s Breast Cancer Blog – Mary Blocksma blogged as a breast cancer patient for HealthCentral.com during her first bout with cancer from May 2006 to May 2007, but has now experienced a scare recently. Thankfully, Blocksma is in the clear, but her blog archives are certainly worth a read.
Check out some of the blogger’s blogrolls (favorite blogs) for more sources of inspiration and strength in dealing with cancer. A few great blogs can be found on the blogrolls that have ceased updating, but still contain loads of wonderful stories from cancer patients and survivors.
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