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Edward Poses with his Colostomy bag in the 2016 Colondar

Living with Stage 4 Colon Cancer

Edward Yakacki was only 29 when he started having “bathroom problems,” but it soon became apparent that it was more than just indigestion. After getting numerous tests, doctors found a 3 inch tumor in his colon. On December 8, 2008, Edward was diagnosed with stage …
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11 Daily Struggles for Cancer Fighters

The cancer struggle is real. Sometimes you just have to laugh about it. Here are my Top 11 Struggles. Sound familiar? Struggle #1. Being Cold Constantly     2. Having More hot flashes than a menopausal woman   3. Those quality hours spent …
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No Valleys, No Peaks

As a cancer survivor, I cannot and will not claim any special, unique knowledge or wisdom in dealing with the challenges life tosses at each of us. I struggle, as we all do. Many of you have dealt with the challenges of …
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#CancerTaughtMe

Cancer taught me the true meaning of trusting others and letting them in. When I was diagnosed I told very few people, and even those I told I downplayed the severity of it. The support I received from loved ones after I …
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Chemo Dates

I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on November 3, 2005. I opted for a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction, 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 4 ½ years of Tamoxifen. I was just 27 years old when this disease changed my existence. …
"Spending time on a boat in the inlet with my family in the midst of my cancer recurrence. Inside, a lot was going on"

Luke Lively: Thyroid Cancer Warrior

Luke Lively was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer while at the high point of his impressive career and just before the release of his first book. What was going on in your life when cancer hit? Tell us your story in the comments below!  Luke …
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Brain Cancer at 4 years old

This is Magnus. He is four years old. He also has a brain tumor. This story isn’t just Magnus’s story. It’s about his family. It’s about fighting. The fight against cancer is more than just the patient, but their support as well. …
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5 Simple Chemotherapy Hacks

My body didn’t take well to chemo, it almost killed me twice. It sent me to the ICU multiple times. I really wish nobody had to experience the negative effects of chemo, and there so many things that I wish I could have …