The Best Lung Cancer Blogs of the Year

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  • Best Lung Cancer Blogs of 2014

    Best Lung Cancer Blogs of 2014

    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. A few blogs are simply calls to action from activists.

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

  • Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer

    Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer

    Linnea Duff bills her Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer blog as being “for the terminally optimistic.” Having been diagnosed with lung cancer nearly 10 years ago at the age of 45, Duff certainly embodies the spirit of optimism and embracing life. She shares stories of her family, friends, work, art, travels, and, of course, her cancer battle.

    Duff is in a clinical trial of the drug LDK 378 from Novartis. Though the message of her blog is one of hope, she doesn’t hold back when she’s feeling discouraged. Yet amid confessions of fear and frustration are countless encouraging words of inspiration to others fighting the same foe.

  • The LUNGevity Blog

    The LUNGevity Blog

    The LUNGevity blog features a variety of contributors, including lung cancer patients, caregivers, researchers, and those who have lost a loved one to the disease. The LUNGevity Foundation envisions a world where no one dies from lung cancer. Blog entries are often focused on doing what you can until that vision is realized.

    As board member Sue Bersh wrote in a blog post urging readers to get involved in fundraising, “One in 14 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. It is destined to touch us all.”

  • 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. At 28, the former college volleyball player and lifelong non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer. Along with her husband Miles and her parents and friends, she treats cancer like an opponent on the volleyball court. They strategize and work hard to emerge victorious.

    One post, for example, detailed Miles’ creation of Lung Day. On the same day every year, Taylor plans to do the same activities, such as climbing stairs and dancing in Central Park, to see how her lung capacity has improved through treatment. 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 38th birthday sound like a true victory. Tamalia repeatedly reminds us about how few guarantees we have in life, as well as how important it is to embrace the blessings we do have.

  • Ruth’s Medical-logical Meanderings

    Ruth’s Medical-logical Meanderings

    “Meander” is an apt word to describe a lung cancer patient’s unpredictable journey from diagnosis through treatment. In Ruth’s Medical-logical Meanderings, Ruth takes us through the heartbreaking news and moments of enlightenment.

    For example, instead of waiting for her hair to fall out during treatment, Ruth has her sister shave her head. Her blog post that day included photos of the process and even a joke about sibling rivalry. Though she labels her blog “meanderings,” Ruth is straight to the point about the realities of treatment while keeping her sense of humor.

  • 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.

    Velda lets us in on her excitement about a family trip from Canada to Disney World, as well as the fear and sadness that gripped her when a trip to the emergency room threatens to derail those plans. She writes with toughness about her own treatment, and with tenderness when describing her fellow hospital patients and the nurses who care for her.

  • 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. 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.”

  • 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.

  • Thriving with Lung Cancer

    Thriving with Lung Cancer

    Thriving with Lung Cancer might seem like an overly optimistic title for a blog. However, Beth Stroud seems to be doing just that. While acknowledging the challenges of her disease, she confesses to feeling energized by her academic work and inspired by her young daughter.

    Personal reflections are captured in some posts, but many of the posts focus instead on medical news and helpful information for fellow patients. Reading Beth’s blog is a reminder that while lung cancer may be a terminal illness, if you’re an educated and engaged patient, you still may be able to pursue your goals with energy and hope.

  • 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. 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.