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mort85
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Growing up a childhood cancer survivor I never felt that my cancer defined me, or made me different than other people.  This belief was largely instilled in me by my Mother, who probably did not want people treating me different from other children, but as I have gotten older I have researched more on childhood cancer, and it seems that everything is so negative in relation to long term survival.  According to all the research we are more prone to secondary conditions from our treatments, relapses, or psychological issues, but where are all the positive articles on survivorship. For the life of me, I do not believe any child can overcome such a tramatic event in their lives without some type of positive growth, and was curious if others have the same opinion.  I mean where are the success stories of people that have overcome their illnesses to become productive, if not overly productive members of society.

Anyway, as a childhood cancer survivor I was curious if others have that same opinion.  I am happy to discuss on this thread or you may email me at mortensonw@gmail.com if you would rather talk about it one-on-one.

Take care,

Will

MissingPanda
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Joined: Feb 2019

I was diagnosed with germinoma brain tumor as a child and I have been cancer free for about 13 years. I have done really well despite my cancer and other health problems related to cancer. I recently graduated with a Masters degree in experimental psychology and i have applied to work at a research univers. It's true that success stories about childhood cancer survivors should be promoted mor. I would love to hear about other's cancer stories. 

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hmcclae_98
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Joined: Feb 2019

This is my first time ever involving myself in something like this, so here goes nothing! 

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, four days after I graduated high school. I was 17 years old and although HL is extremely curable, unfortunately mine was as bad as it was going to get before I didn't make it. Within the last few weeks, I've realized that my diagnosis and what I went through because of my cancer, is something that I have never coped with or even began to heal from. I can talk about the physical effects my cancer had on me or the diagnosis itself or even the horrible emotional effects it had on my family. I don't ever talk about how it truly made me feel. I don't share the things that went through my head with anybody. I realize that this is because even after being in remission for 2 years, it still hasn't hit me that I went through that. I haven't accepted the fact that I endured such a hell; physically and emotionally. 

With that being said, my cancer is the reason I'm doing all the positive things I am today; working multiple jobs and going to school all while living on my own at the age of 20, paying all my own bills, having my own car. Before I was diagnosed, I was on a path of nothing but self-destruction and even immediately after diagnosis I wasn't getting much better. After the first couple treatments, I started to make some changes. Maybe it was because I didn't have the energy to go out and party anymore or I didn't feel like I could get myself 'cute' enough when I didn't have any hair, to go out in public very often. I'm not sure what clicked in my head after diagnosis, but something did and I'm sure glad it did. 

I agree when you say a lot of the online information involving childhood cancer, childhood cancer survivors, etc., is mostly negative. However, childhood cancer research only see 4% of government funding. It's SO important that we let everyone know the raw side of childhood cancer in hopes that they'll put more towards funding research. Don't get me wrong, I'm always talking and posting about the progress I've made since treatment ended. I let everyone know how much healthier I look and all the great things I'm doing with myself now. But we all know cancer isn't always positive. It's not even MOSTLY positive. And in order for everyone around us to gain the knowledge needed to help increase the amount of funding childhood cancer research receives, it's up to us to share with them the raw and nasty side of what we went through. 

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LexSurvivor99
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When I was diagnosed I was 17 years old and went through 5 rounds of chemotherapy. I have now been in remission for 4 years now, while I have many long-term effects from my cancer physically and mentally I try to make sure I look at the brighter things in my life. I was the first senior at my high school to be accepted to college, I will be graduating next year with a bachelor's in social work, and look forward to doing a double master's in social work and public health. I have gotten requests to be working in local hospitals, government agencies (FBI), and even told that I should look to be a senator to advocate for childhood cancer legislation. I want to make a difference in the lives of everyone I meet and want to eventually create a nonprofit that focuses solely on the emotional and mental affects that cancer has on childhood cancer survivors.

Gaucha
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Joined: Feb 2021

Wow! I hope you will be able to do the things in life you want to do and help others!

danker
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Joined: Apr 2012

I too am a cancer survivor. It will be 12 years since i had cancer at age77 as I will be 89 in a few weeks .  How it falls on each of us is different!   I just wish us all to grow as old as me1  Good luck!!!

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