Overcoming My Fear to Survive Kidney Cancer

By Hazel Jameson Editor’s Note: In this blog post, Hazel Jameson shares her story of being diagnosed with kidney cancer and overcoming her fear to proceed with the surgery needed to save her life. Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK with 36 new cases being diagnosed every day, according to Cancer … Read more>>

COPD: Preparing for a Double Lung Transplant

By Bernadette Sweeney I suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). I was born four weeks early and was intubated as my lungs were not fully developed. I had pneumonia at a year old and as a young child, I suffered from recurrent ear infections. I was treated as an asthmatic as a child, but … Read more>>

53-Year-Old Stroke Survivor : “I’m a new me”

By Wendy Wolstencroft It was June 2017. I felt totally well. I had been to the gym and was driving to see a friend. I suddenly came to in the car and felt incredibly dizzy, couldn’t see properly, and vomited several times. I was drifting in and out of consciousness. Luckily for me our neighbours … Read more>>

Heart Attack Survivor Walks England’s Grand Union Canal

By Jim Elston I was born in 1960 in London and now live on the Isle of Wight, located off England’s south coast, with my partner and best friend, Ruby. A combination of lifestyle choices, smoking, drinking, late nights playing with my band, and holding down a “real” job meant that something had to give … Read more>>

Surviving Lung Cancer with Support from Online Community

By Lesley Booth In this month’s blog post, Lesley Booth shares her story of being diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer. She credits HealthUnlocked’s Quit Support online community for helping her through the many challenges she faced. On April 5, 2012, I turned 63. The week before I got a terrible chest infection, which made me … Read more>>

Metastatic Melanoma: My Journey

By Ryan Cumberland May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and this month Ryan Cumberland shares his story of being diagnosed and treated for melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer. More than 106,000 Americans are estimated to be diagnosed with new melanomas in 2021, according to the Melanoma Research Alliance. I am … Read more>>

From Stuntwoman and Triathlete to Parkinson’s Patient

By Kathryn Dion In this blog post, Kathryn Dion shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for Parkinson’s Disease, a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. “It is good to … Read more>>

Surviving Esophageal Cancer: “I’ve kept my promise”

By Karen Wells April is Esophageal Cancer Month, and in this blog post, Karen Wells shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for esophageal cancer. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, of the estimated 18,440 Americans living with esophageal cancer, 16,170 died of the disease in 2020, making it one of the … Read more>>

Esophageal Cancer: Our Journey

By Mathew Herbert In this blog post, guest blogger Mathew Herbert shares his story of providing care and support for his wife who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, more than 18,000 Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2020. Kelly … Read more>>