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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2016, more than 224,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite its prevalence, many people who have cancer feel alone.
Through communities, families, churches, and online, cancer patients can find solace and even humor with the help of other people. We’ve chosen 10 blogs that we feel have a lot to offer this community.
Aquarius vs. Cancer
Kim was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in 2011. While she admittedly doesn’t have all the answers, what she does have is this blog, on which she shares her experiences in hopes of reaching readers. What we enjoy about Aquarius vs. Cancer is Kim’s ability to be brutally honest about her struggles and still have a sense of humor about life.
Cancer…An Unexpected Journey
Luna was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012, after returning from a family trip to South America. She thought it was gallbladder problems that sent her to the emergency room, but after testing, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Four years later, she’s still blogging about living with lung cancer, and living she is — check out the photos from her recent trip to Japan. Elsewhere, she offers a raw and honest take on what it’s like going through treatment and testing, trying out new drugs, and more.
EmBen Kicks Cancer
Emily Bennett Taylor was a former college volleyball player and a nonsmoker when, at 28, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Emily went through chemo with the support of her husband, Miles, and posts frequently about how much his being there helped her focus on treatment and recovery. Emily has now been cancer-free for three years. She continues to share her story at talks and on this blog, to support lung cancer awareness.
Free to Breathe
Free to Breathe is an organization built by lung cancer survivors, researchers, and advocates, all committed to finding a cure for lung cancer. On their blog, you’ll frequently find information about fundraisers, giving readers an opportunity to spread the word about raising money for lung cancer research. One of our favorite features is the “Survivor Spotlight” series, which highlights lung cancer survivors and shares their stories.
From Lizzie’s Lungs
Elizabeth Dessureault is a 26-year-old nonsmoker. Her lung cancer diagnosis, like for so many others, came as a complete shock. At time of publication, it’s been less than a year since her diagnosis, and in that time she’s given birth to a son, started chemotherapy, and began new drug treatment. Her blog is a view into the life of a young family coping with cancer. Sometimes sad and often uplifting, it’s always worth a read.
GRACE’s Lung Cancer Blog
The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) is a nonprofit committed to breaking down complex information about cancer research and treatments so that patients can apply it to their own lives. Their lung cancer channel features a wealth of useful videos and posts that are valuable resources for patients and loved ones wanting to know more about treatments, procedures, and the disease itself.
Janet Freeman-Daily has been living with lung cancer since 2011. In her blog, Gray Connections, she uses her personal knowledge of the disease along with her professional skills to “translate” what it means to live with lung cancer, as well as the science behind the disease and its treatments. She blogs about new developments in research and treatment, upcoming and past workshops and panels, and her own journey with lung cancer.
Keeping My Faith: Living with Stage IV Lung Cancer
Four years after receiving a diagnosis of late-stage lung cancer, Sam is a testament that it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. She writes to friends and family, and she writes to give other cancer patients hope. In one post, she assures first-year late-stage cancer patients that they aren’t alone, that the feelings they have are normal, and that while their struggles can feel isolating, it’s important to not give up.
Lung Cancer Alliance
The Lung Cancer Alliance is a nonprofit organization that advances research and raises awareness about lung cancer. If you or a loved one has cancer, their blog is a must-read. In addition to updates on the organization and the latest research, posts spotlight personal stories from lung cancer patients as well as their families and loved ones. Not all of them are happy stories, but they all convey why it’s essential for us to keep making headway in cancer treatment.
Lungevity’s Lung Cancer Blog
Lungevity is an organization that works to fund lung cancer research in an effort to improve survival rates. Currently, that rate is just 17 percent for five years, according to the organization. What we like most about their blog are the case studies and personal narratives. These are truly compelling stories written by and about lung cancer patients and their journeys with the disease.
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