The Best Lung Cancer Blogs of the Year

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  • Best Lung Cancer Blogs of 2015

    Best Lung Cancer Blogs of 2015

    The stories that emerge from the lung cancer community can be inspiring, heartbreaking, hopeful, and thought provoking. Some of these blogs convey the raw emotions and day-to-day realities faced by patients enduring treatment. Others focus on encouraging news from researchers. And a few blogs are powerful calls to action from activists.

    Whatever their purpose, these brave and talented writers reflect the shared experiences of everyone touched by lung cancer. These bloggers’ perspectives on life give everyone reason to appreciate today and to be hopeful for what tomorrow may bring.

  • Cancer GRACE

    Cancer GRACE

    GRACE in the blog Cancer GRACE stands for Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education. Through its blog, GRACE seeks to bring the latest in cutting-edge research information to the masses. Blog posts—many of them by Seattle oncologist Dr. Howard West—are immensely informative. In everyday language, West helps visitors to the blog make sense of research and treatment news. Readers with questions or comments are given answers and allowed to share their thoughts and feelings through the blog’s well-maintained discussion forum.

  • EmBen Kicks Cancer

    EmBen Kicks Cancer

    EmBen Kicks Cancer follows the treatment and triumphs of a lovely young woman named Emily Bennett Taylor. The former college volleyball player and lifelong non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 28. Along with her husband, Miles, and her parents and friends, she treats cancer like an opponent on the volleyball court.

    They strategized and worked hard to emerge victoriously: As of April 2015, Taylor celebrated her second year free of cancer. Follow along now as the family joins together to find a surrogate to carry Emily and Miles' long-awaited child. Reading the blog will remind you of the importance of a supportive partner and family.

  • A Lil Lytnin’ Around the World

    A Lil Lytnin’ Around the World

    Tori Tamalia’s relationship with cancer goes back to her childhood, when she overcame osteogenic sarcoma. Now battling stage 4 lung cancer, this mother of three shares the highs and lows of her life with honesty and wit in A Lil Lytnin’ Around the World.

    We get photos of Tamalia painting the toenails of her adorable twin daughters. But we’re also privy to the anxiety of anticipating her next MRI. She makes the simple joy of reaching her 39th birthday sound like a true victory. Tamalia and her husband are now launching their dream project, the Pointless Brewery and Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. What’s the point? To celebrate life and take advantage of every second.

  • The Climb Sometimes the Fall

    The Climb Sometimes the Fall

    Velda is a mother of four children. She also has non-small cell lung cancer with metastases in her brain and bones. Her blog, The Climb Sometimes the Fall, conveys those very aspects of her journey with a writer’s eye for detail and emotional honesty.

    She writes with toughness about her own treatment, and with tenderness when describing her fellow hospital patients and the nurses who care for her. Posts resound with vital information on aspects of her disease and healing, and with real gratitude for simple blessings.

  • Free to Breathe

    Free to Breathe

    Free to Breathe is an organization with a simple but ambitious goal: to double lung cancer survival by 2022. The Free to Breathe blog posts range from tearjerking to optimistically educational. The organization keeps readers informed about new clinical drug trials and fundraisers for cancer research, while seeking to inspire them with encouraging messages from lung cancer patients, loved ones, and doctors. Reading this blog, you start to believe that Free to Breathe may realize their dream of vastly greater lung cancer survival.

  • Gray Connections

    Gray Connections

    Janet Freeman-Daily’s Gray Connections blog covers much more than her journey with stage 4 lung cancer and the latest in lung cancer research. The former aerospace engineer also keeps readers informed about brain and dementia research. Some posts simply cover the latest in tech news.

    Despite the progression of her disease, Freeman-Daily blends humor with solid journalism. Her blog posts cover subjects such as “scanxiety” and the social stigma of lung cancer. Other posts discuss guided imagery to help patients cope with their disease, and a range of both personal and universal topics.

  • Aquarius vs. Cancer

    Aquarius vs. Cancer

    Kim Wieneke infuses her Aquarius vs. Cancer blog with a fighter’s spirit. But it’s often underscored with a vulnerability shared by so many young cancer patients whose disease is considered incurable. Only in her 30s, Wieneke blogs about her doctor visits, reactions to new medications, and other everyday moments. She does so with honesty, humor, and a “tomorrow never knows” frankness.

    In one post, Wieneke recounts the news that her third oncologist is moving out of her hometown, and focuses on the next doctor in line. She writes, “I’m sure whoever I get, I’ll have them whipped into shape quickly.” Reading about her difficult treatments and her brave sojourns (like camping and hiking alone), you will have no doubt Wieneke can whip just about anything into shape.

  • Cancer… an unexpected journey

    Cancer… an unexpected journey

    Lung cancer patient Luna reminds her readers about the importance of life’s balance. Her blog, Cancer… an unexpected journey, reflects her efforts to do the things she enjoys, like skiing. She also shares the uncertainties and pain of the disease. And in between, we get first-person reflections on the importance of old friendships and the early impact of the Affordable Care Act.

    Luna’s sweetly smiling face appears in many photos, often surrounded by family and friends. If life is a balancing act, then Luna demonstrates just how much goodness and love you can carry while also dragging along a condition like lung cancer.

  • Keeping My Faith

    Keeping My Faith

    Samantha Mixon launched this blog after being diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in 2012. Part patient chronicle, part prayerbook, and part scrapbook for her young daughter, Karley, Keeping My Faith will touch and inform you with every post. Mixon writes movingly of her anxieties in the face of illness and the threat of death. Her Christian faith sustains her and keeps her focused on what is at hand: living in the present, loving her family, and helping others who are ill.

  • Lung Cancer Alliance

    Lung Cancer Alliance

    This is the blog of the Lung Cancer Alliance, the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with lung cancer. It’s a one-stop resource for patients, family, caregivers, and the medical and policy community. Here you can read moving stories of hope in the face of illness alongside the latest news on treatments. Posts are written by guest bloggers and Lung Cancer Alliance staff and volunteers, providing a variety of perspectives.

  • Find Motivation, Resources, and Care

    Find Motivation, Resources, and Care

    Lung cancer claims more lives than any other type of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking and advanced age are leading risk factors for lung cancer. But these blogs are proof that non-smokers and young people are vulnerable, too.

    These blogs also reveal something encouraging and inspirational. In the face of a debilitating disease, people find the strength and motivation to help others. You’re not alone in your journey, and arming yourself with knowledge and insight can help you immensely along the way.