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19 December 2015
The cancer bloggers to follow

The cancer bloggers to follow

Everyone’s cancer experience is unique, but many people find that blogging about their encounters with the disease can be therapeutic. Reading about how other people are coping could help you make sense of your own feelings – and feel like part of a community.

Here’s a selection of some of the most inspiring bloggers who are sharing their stories online.

The young woman with skin cancer

Emma Betts was just 23 when she was told that the mole on her shoulder was, in fact, cancerous. Like most other 23-year-olds would, Emma turned to the online world for more information. She wanted an honest account of what dealing with melanoma at such a young age was really like.

But when she didn’t find it, Emma decided to start her own blog.

She’s already survived a year longer than her doctors predicted, and is very candid about what facing death feels like:

“I know that this will kill me, we just don’t know when. There are good days and bad days, but the cancer is always there.”

Read the blog: Dear Melanoma

The photographer

The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project is a moving collection of images of breast cancer survivors and their post-surgery scars taken by photographer David Jay. David was compelled to start the project after he took a candid photo of a close friend just after her mastectomy (scars and all), and was struck by the raw beauty and vulnerability he captured in that moment.

His subjects are diverse, and his photos of male breast cancer survivors are a reminder that breast cancer isn’t just ‘a woman’s cancer’.

Check out the photos: The SCAR Project

The woman delivering a dose of humor

Laura was about to turn 30 and on holiday in Brazil when she found out she had cancer – something she hadn’t factored into her plans for the next decade of her life.

Since then, she’s been writing about her experience on her blog, where she describes her journey of “taking breast cancer by the balls, beating it to a pulp and leaving it cowering in the corner”.

From posting a time-lapse video of her hair growth journey to sharing her dating experiences as a “single, bald female (30)”, Laura is remarkably open about what she’s feeling with her readers – and isn’t afraid to crack a joke or two.

Read the blog: The Big Scary ‘C’ Word

The loving wife

Cancer doesn’t just affect the person who’s been diagnosed, as anyone who has a partner with cancer will tell you.

Marilyn Mullins’ husband Marshall has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, and she uses her blog as an online journal to record how the couple is coping with Marshall’s treatment and release from his nursing home. Marilyn’s account of how difficult it is to see her husband in pain, knowing there’s nothing she can do to help him, is likely to resonate with anyone whose partner is in pain.

Read the blog: Our Walk With Stage IV Prostate Cancer

The prostate cancer survivor

Daniel Sencier

Prostate cancer survivor Daniel Sencier has been cancer-free since 2010, but his blog is a reminder that the impact of cancer and everything it takes to beat it don’t just disappear once you get the all-clear.

Daniel has made campaigning for improvements in hospital care a huge part of his life, and his blog tells the story of how he’s adjusted to life after cancer.

Read the blog: Prostate Cancer – Our Journey!

The woman who already beat cancer once before

Blogging about breast cancer

One of the hardest things about dealing with a cancer diagnosis is how to help your loved ones adjust, and dealing with their questions and reactions.

Caroline – who has already survived thyroid cancer – developed breast cancer later in life. She also suffers from arthritis, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and chronic pain, among other things. She started her blog the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer to help her family understand what she was going through.

Whether she’s talking about her medication, her secret fantasies about riding a roller coaster (despite her back pain) or her attempts to make friends (“cancer can be a conversation killer to say the least”), Caroline is very open about how cancer is affecting all aspects of her life.

Read the blog: Caroline’s Breast Cancer Blog

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