7 Great Lung Cancer Blogs

Blogs Written by People Living With Lung Cancer

Lung cancer blogs are a window into the real world. For some people, journaling their story after a cancer diagnosis can be a wonderful release that helps them maintain a positive outlook while providing a source of support for others. In fact, one study of cancer patients who implemented expressive writing showed that the exercise improved their quality of life.

For those who read lung cancer survivors' words, the opportunity to peer into the daily life and struggles of someone living with their disease provides comfort that they're not alone.

Here are some of the best lung cancer blogs to check out.

​Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer

Linnea Olson is an artist, writer, and lung cancer advocate. This divorced mother of three was diagnosed in 2005 with stage 1B non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma with BAC subtype). Initially, her prognosis looked very good and she underwent a lobectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy.

Her blog, "Life and Breath: Outliving Lung Cancer," takes you through her journey as her cancer spreads, enters a clinical trial, and later acknowledges she is going to die from her disease. The clinical trials she has participated in have kept her alive thus far.

In "Summer: All Things Must End" she speaks of embracing her own mortality while actively engaging in the act of living. In her words: “After all, death is really just part of life. You can’t have one without the other.”

Her musings offer lighter notes. For example, what do cockroaches and cancer have in common?

The Dude Is the Dad

"Big daddy," as Jim Brown calls himself, was diagnosed with lung cancer at 47 years old. The father of three daughters and husband of a roller derby champion is dedicated to managing his condition and helping others through their fight.

He is battling stage 4 lung cancer and chronicling his journey on his blog "The Dude Is the Dad," complete with lots of pictures and treatment information.

Gray Connections

Janet Freeman-Daily, the blogger behind "Gray Connections: Perspectives on Lung Cancer, Brain Science, and Other Stuff," was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in 2011 that quickly became metastatic.

She has never smoked anything "except a salmon" and has been in remission since 2013. She's a fierce lung cancer advocate, speaking at conferences and events, and writing about her experiences.

Every Breath I Take

"Every Breath I Take," a blog by Lisa Goldman, goes through her journey with non-small cell lung cancer. She was diagnosed in 2014 after months of being unable to shake off a cough, and she blogs and speaks to help raise awareness and education about lung cancer.

A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer

Tori Tomalia is a stage 4 lung cancer patient, patient advocate, speaker, and writer who blogs about the journey she has been on since 2013.

A mom of three, her blog "A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer" is organized into five chronological chapters centered on travel, marriage, becoming a new mom, having twins, and her lung cancer diagnosis.

Faith, Family & Friends

The blog "Faith, Family, & Friends" by Lysa Buonanno is about living with stage 4 lung cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, Lysa is still battling her disease and writes about everything from cancer treatments to her family to dates with her husband to lung cancer survivor conferences—all with a positive attitude.

EmBen Kicks Cancer

Emily Bennett Taylor of "EmBen Kicks Cancer" went from being a college athlete to a stage 4 lung cancer patient at the age of 28. Diagnosed in 2012, her journey wasn't easy, beginning with aggressive chemotherapy followed by an intricate surgery.

But as her story continues, it seems almost like a fairy tale. Her greatest hope in life was to be a mom. Knowing that cancer treatment would impact her fertility, Taylor and her husband preserved embryos. In 2015, their surrogate gave birth to their twin girls.

As a busy mom, she has less time to write these days, but she still travels and shares her story to bring hope to others.

A Word From Verywell

There a number of other excellent blogs written by lung cancer survivors—this is just a sampling of what's out there. It's worth "reading around" to find one that you can connect with. Reading about the experiences of others may help you feel a bit less alone. Blogs can also sometimes point you to valuable information regarding treatment and other topics.

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