Hi everyone!

My name is Valeria, I actually dont have any cancer, but I am writting a book about it, I really would appreciate if you could tell me your stories so I could take some ideas,

Thank you everybody!


  • Domi

    Hey Valeria,
    Im Domi, almost 16 years old. If you look for my post, I just posted my story. Let me know if you can use it!

    • Emily Taylor

      Hi Domi! im doing a research paper on teenagers with cancer and if you would be interested in asking a few questions for me i would reallyyy appriciate it! my email is

      • http://Nowebsiteyet John J. Singh

        Hello Valeria,
        Good day. I truly admire you for your desire to gather information. I’m not an expert in anything but I can safely say that anyone can have a cancer at anytime. There are no exceptions. Coping with cancer requires a lot of education/information about the disease generally. When one is diagnosed with cancer, it is always advisable to seek a second opinion from another professional. In addition, apart from receiving medical treatment, it is wise to seek and get social support as soon as possible–this will help to ease stress build up rapidly. You may also receive vital information about the disease from others too–changes in lifestyle, changes in diet, views of life changes. And always remember to pray for the less fortunate. I hope that I’ve been informative in some small way. Thank you.
        Kind regards,

  • Nicole

    Hey, I don’t know if this will help, but here it goes. When I was twelve, I was diagnosed with a childrens bone cancer called osteosarcoma. ( I am 16 now) I had this pain in my right arm that started to hurt. I actually remember the day it started to hurt, my family was on vacation in Toronto, but I just figured I slept on it wrong. Anyway, my right arm continued to hurt, especially at night, but my parents just thought I pulled a muscle because I was playing basketball a lot. After about a month of pain that kept getting worse, I went to my pediatrician. I explained my problem, he said I probably sprained a muscle. At the last second, he scheduled an xray. After the xray, my doctor and this other doctor rushed into the room. The other doctor, who had a heavy accent, kept saying over and over, “this is not normal, she needs a MRI!” I was freaked and had an MRI. The next day my parents came out of the doctors office with red tearstained faced and told me I had cancer, and to confirm the type of cancer I had we had to go to a city 2 hours away because in my small town we don’t have a pediatric oncology unit. I was so worried, not knowing anything, not evenkniwing if I would be able to keep my arm, or start the 7th grade in 2 weeks, running my hand on my arm for the first time noticing the small but noticeable bump. I had a biopsy and it confirmed that I had osteosarcoma. I then met with my new oncologist as she told me the plan. 10 months of chemotherapy, three different combos of chemos, depending on how things went. I was told thatthey caught it early, earlier than most. 80 percent chance of living, so it never occured to me that I would die. I had my first chemotherapy treatment on the day that should have been my first day of school. I had chemotherapy treatments, and after every one I had a fever so I would have to drive two hours back to the hospital. I hated the hospital. I would not eat because I figured if I eat I would just throw it back up. I was too nauscious to drink, even though I was supposed to drink a lot beacuse I was getting the chemotherapy methotrexate. I had a hickman. I had a surgery that removed my humerus bone in my right arm and it was replaced with a titanium rod, and I cannot raise my hand straight in the air, my rotator cuff is damaged. After many more surgeries, tetany, constipation, mouth sores, constant ringing of ears, ankle pain, and more, I was finally done with my 10 months of surgery, but I was on a study that will see if the drug interferon would help reduce relapse. I had to get weekly shots of it to my stomach for two years. I finished chemotherapy treatment the next summer and started the eighth grade wearing a hat to school and things started to getnormal till november when I had to have surgery. The bone was not healing to the metal rod and the cadaver, so they had to scrape bone from my hip and stick it in my arm. In my tenth grade year innovember it still wasn’t healing so they had to take a bone in my leg ( fibula/fibia?) and stick it in my arm bcuz it had better blood supply to help healing. Meanwhile, I am still taking magnesium oxide for my low magnusium levels. This is a long story that doesn’t even cover half of my story but I just found this site and can’t find where I can type my story. I have met so many good kids with cancer and sen a few of my friendsdie from it. I have a twin sister and this has been very hard on booth of us and my family, but I have inspired at least one student doctor (California dude;) ) to become a pediatric doctor and inspired my mother and myself to pursue a career in the medical field. Hope this helps.

  • hannah

    hi! i am writing a book too and i hav had cancer so if u need any stories tips or help, my email is
    hope i can help!

    • melissa

      hey! when i was in 8th grade i was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma. I went through 6 months of chemo and a month of radiation straight. I have had 4 surgeries and got neutropenic. I would love for someone to write a book on me or something!

      • Julie

        Hi, Melissa. I’m Julie. I recently started school for radiation therapy and am required to do a presentation on the Unique Aspects of Teens with Cancer. I’m not writing a book, but I thought if you were interested maybe you could share some of your personal experiences or answer some questions. Just to tell you a little about myself– I’m an x-ray tech. I’ve worked in that field for several years and decided to go back to school. I love working in the medical field. I feel as though I have a gift of compassion. I love to be able to offer patients comfort and hope during their care. Anyway, I’d love to hear from you.

        If you don’t mind, I’ll go ahead and list some questions:
        -What was your initial response to the diagnosis?
        -How did it affect your social life?
        -Did you feel that your independence was taken from you just as you were gaining it?
        -What type of support system did you have?
        -How did your friends and other relationships respond?

        I hope I haven’t completely bombarded you…

        Thank you,

      • http://Nowebsiteyet John J. Singh

        Hi Melissa,
        I’m truly inspired by your honesty and open-mindedness. Yes, if you wish, I can write a book about you or ‘something.’ You and your parents should contact me via: and my ‘phone number: 347-515-9876.
        God bless you and keep your faith strong.
        Very kind regards,
        John J. Singh.

  • Alexandra

    Hiya! again if you need any help with your book or anything then you can e-mail me :) i have just been diagnosed, so i suppose I’m fresh…? feel free to ask me anything, and I’ll answer it as best i can. good luck!!
    my e-mail:

  • Brittany

    i have ALL acute lymphocytic leukimia and everyday for me is a constant struggle im always in pain and spend most of my time in the hospital no one understands and they think its funny to sneeze and cough on me to see if it makes me sick IT DOES

    • Alexandra

      thats weird. people can be stupid. You would have thought people with brains wouldn’t do that to someone with cancer. i had a cold soon after i started treatment and they admitted me, and i’ve only had one session so far.

  • Sarah Sparks

    hey i was diagnoised with osteosarcoma its a form of bone cancer chemo is really tough but i made the best of it i decorated my room and made really good friends i went threw 2 surgerys and then chemo before and after both of them want anymore info email me @

  • JesSsiiCaa

    If you still need people to answer question , Good luck on writing your book!

  • Carolyn

    Hey guys, you dont mind me emailing you?…One of the characters in my story has cancer, but i have no idea of how to make it realistic!…So i need your help!…

  • Erin Cahalin

    If you don’t have cancer then why be on hte speciphic site with people living with it not writing a book on it so why are you on this cite???? >:

  • zoe

    I think you people are disgusting! Trying to glorify a horrific experience…. What is wrong with you?

    • Walex Whittle

      You can’t live only ever seeing the bad bits, can you? You have to make the best of it. Writing a book is quite a good idea, I think :) bring people’s attention to what it’s really like, rather than them just feeling sorry for us for a while then moving on.

  • 11shay14

    i had Choroidal Melanoma when i was about 8 months old they took out my eye to get the cancer out of my body it was sucessful but now i live with a glass eye and am tourmented by my peers almost everyday. And glass eyes are very expensive and my familys insurances doesnt cover most of it so its about 6,000 a year plus check ups. it’s still really expensive even though i dont have cancer anymore, im still reminded of it everyday.

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