For anyone who has been effected by cancer in any way.
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I am so (deliriously) happy to find this group. My sister (age 7) is a leukemia survivor (she was diagnosed when I was 16...almost five years ago?) and honestly it's a huge huge part of my life. I'm actually shaving my head in LA in July for fundraising/solidarity, if anyone's interested.
I don't know what to say.
In TFiOS (pg 32), John wrote about Hazel hanging out with Augustus for the first time.
"'So what's your story?' he asked, sitting down next to me at a safe distance.
'I already told you my story. I was diagnosed when-'
'No, not your cancer story. Your story. Interests, hobbies, passions, weird fetishes, etcetera.'
'Um,' I said.
'Don't tell me you're one of those people who becomes their disease. I know so many people like that. It's disheartening. Like, cancer is in the growth business, right? The taking-people-over business. But surely you haven't let it succeed prematurely.'
It occurred to me that perhaps I had."
Sometimes I feel like cancer has become a metaphorical cancer in my life...but...I can't imagine my life without it. I'm not even the one who was diagnosed with it, but watching my 2-year-old sister going through treatment for nearly three years...it hit me hard. Do you guys ever feel like it took/is taking over your life? Are there any siblings out there?
I started my treatment for lymphoma a week ago. Got diagnosed about two days after i finished reading tfios, lol. Started thinking that I could not possibly be the only nerdfighter with cancer since Esther. So thank you for this group :)
I was treated last year for breast (IDC)cancer and I am a Mom Nerdfighetder. I only just recently decided it's ok for me to be an official Nerdfighter. I thought I was way too old. I have two daughters, 16 and 21. My cancer story (short version) I was diognosed in Aug of 2010, had a lumpectomy, started chemo and a drug called Herceptin in Oct and finished chemo in Feb of 2011. I finished herceptin in Oct of 2011. Now I'm enjoying being cancer free, though I admit I am hyper aware of every ache, pain, cough, little difference in my body. Glad to have found Nerdfighters Against Cancer.
Sorry I haven't been checking this regularly.
Keep up the fight.
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