7 Great Lung Cancer Blogs

Blogs Written by Real People With Lung Cancer

Blogger writing about her journey with lung cancer

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Lung cancer blogs are a window into the real world. For some people, journaling their story after a diagnosis of cancer can be a wonderful release and source of support. 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 a similar condition provides comfort that you're not alone. Here are some of the best lung cancer blogs to check out.

1. ​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 takes us through her journey as her cancer spreads, she enters a clinical trial, and then as she acknowledges she is going to die from her cancer. The clinical trials have kept her alive thus far.

In Summer: all things must end she speaks of embracing her own mortality, while at the same time 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.” On a lighter note, her musings are great—for example, what do cockroaches and cancer have in common?

2. The Dude is the Dad

"Big daddy," as Jim Brown calls himself, is a 48-year-old, husband of 25-plus years to a roller derby champion and father of three amazing daughters. He is battling stage IV lung cancer and chronicling his journey, complete with lots of pictures and treatment information.

3. Gray Connections: Perspectives on Lung Cancer, Brain Science, and Other Stuff

Janet Freeman-Daily 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.

4. Every Breath I Take

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

5. A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer

Tori Tomalia is a stage IV 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 is organized into five chronological chapters: travel, marriage, becoming a new mom, having twins, and her lung cancer diagnosis.

6. Faith, Family & Friends

This blog by Lysa Buonanno is about living with stage IV lung cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, Lysa is still battling her cancer and blogs about everything from cancer treatments to her family to dates with her husband to lung cancer survivor conferences, all with a positive attitude.

7. EmBen Kicks Cancer

Emily Bennett Taylor went from being a college athlete to a stage IV 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's seems almost like a fairly tale. Having the foresight to preserve her fertility prior to treatment (her greatest hope in life was to be a mom), she announced at the opening ceremony of the World Conference on Lung Cancer in 2015 that their surrogate was pregnant with their twins. Now with three-year-olds, she has less time to write, but 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, and it is difficult to list only a handful here. Reading about the experiences of others is a way for many people living with the disease to feel just a bit less alone, and sometimes, valuable information may even be gleaned that could play a role in treatment.

That said, actually talking to other survivors is priceless, and easier than ever. Though the lung cancer community is smaller than communities such as, say, breast cancer, it is strong and deep. Even if you aren't a social media person, connecting with others with the disease may bring comfort that surprises you.

One way of connecting with others is by getting involved with one of the lung cancer organizations. Some of these organizations have multiple options for connecting, ranging from larger communities to one on one support in which you are connected with another person living with a similar stage and type of cancer. If you have a specific mutation, there are now several excellent communities based on specific mutations alone (such as the ROS1ders, EGFR resisters, ALK, and more) that include both survivors and medical professionals.

In addition to online communities and Facebook groups, there are many survivors who are very active on Twitter, attending the National and International meetings and posting the latest research. You can find the community on Twitter using the hashtag #LCSM which stands for lung cancer social media. You may also use hashtags to find people (and information) of interest to you, such as #ALK, #EGFR, #BRAF #immunotherapy, and much more.

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