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 i've heard its cancer causing to sleep with a regular bra at night.
but is it okay to sleep with a sports bra without the same effect?...

 How should I act around my Aunt who has lung cancer? ?
My aunt lives in Germany. My Mom and Grandma are going to go visit her in November, although it might be pushed up considering she is very ill. She is only 39 years old and has always been a free ...

 How Do Cigarettes Cost?
How much Do Marlboro lights cost (a.k.a the gold package)

I need to give my friend money so shell buy them for me

I also live in iowa
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 is weed worse than cigarettes?
my friend is kinda stupid and she thinks that weed is worse, but i think cigarettes are..
im trying to prove her right
which one is ...

 If a woman...?
If a woman can get breast cancer could a man? Some men give "breast milk" like woman could they get breast cancer? Could a normal man get it? Why or Why not?
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 Is it true that if your hand is bigger than your face, you have cancer?

 My dad is dying please help...?
This could be my dad's last Christmas. He has undergone 3 heart surgeries and 3 heart attacks, 3 of his four arteries are blocked (even after his triple bypass) and he is inoperable at this ...

 I just found out yesterday that my cancer has spread to my right lung and now have to undergo very very?
powerful chemo....before for my cervical cancer the chemo was only to boost the radiation not kill the cancer..well not now..so my question is what has been your experence with chemo...what can ...

 Please pray for my ill father?
he has two (and more) types of cancer in his body...and i am afraid. He can die any minute, is what doctors say and he is very weak. When he eats, he tastes nothing, when he walks it looks like one ...

 do you believe cell phones cause cancer?
what doesnt cause cancer though? lol
but i was wondering what you guys think?
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meg i dont care if this question pisses you off ignore it and answer a different ...

 Will I get cancer?
My mom had cancer many times about two years ago, when I was in fifth grade. And I heard that its something you are born with and you inherit from your parents.
Be flat out honest. Am I really ...

 I've been smoking for likea year or so think i have lung cancer?

 My husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer 6 months ago, he seems to be doing well. It's hard to beleive.
It doesn't seem to me like he's only got six months left. How does cancer progress, is it very quick at the end. His cancer is Unknown primary, which means they don't know where it ...

 Why can't we find a cure for cancer?

 If we cured cancer, would that not be a mistake?
I know alot of people may hate me for this question, but if we cured cancer wouldn't that mean big trouble for the rest of us, as the population would increase, countries will become more ...

 I'm scared.... I'm 14 and I smoke and I'm showing the signs of cancer?
I smoke cigarettes and recently I have throat pain all the time and my tongue is also always in pain. I also am out of breath all the time and my lungs sometimes feels like a knife is stabbing up ...

 I've just recived the worse new in my life!?
i just found out that my mom has liver cancer and i don't think she knows it. my mom live in germany and i'm in the states, i don't know what to do other then cry! my mother is like my ...

 What happens if you have cancer but don't want treatment?
in the US
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yes, I know about the dying part -- I meant do the doctors refuse to treat you any more or ...

 Do you know anyone who has cancer?
Do you D:thanks,...

 To pavarotti my heart goes out to you and your family (please sign if you support victims of cancer)?
I just want to show my respect for pavarotti great man great voice and i hope his family and friends are ok and he gets a little longer here in this world if only we had the cure for cancer we ...

People think I'm faking cancer?
Over a year ago I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at the age of 20. When I was going through it, I knew there were people who didn't believe me and spread that I'm faking it. I never lost my hair, and I never actually looked ill so I think they just assumed because of those reasons I was lying, and because of my age.

Last summer I thought I was better until last month they found that it was still there. I am back on the chemo, and am not telling everyone this time, but I'm still having cases of people not believing me.

I know I shouldn't waste my breathe with people like that, but it is very depressing and discouraging that I'm being seen as a liar.

I was just wondering if anyone else experienced that, and how they dealt with it.
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Jess, before you become someone else who accuses me of lying, perhaps you should learn how to spell.

You should be open and honest about your experience . . how else are people going to learn. So instead of feeling hurt that people do not believe you . .use this opportunity to educate people about your type of cancer. Fill them in on the type, the kind of treatment you are undergoing, even the prognosis . . it is the secrets that are damaging . . so open up . . perhaps begin a Journal on Caringbridge . . let other people know it is there . . you are probably trying to hide your illness instead of just living with it . . its okay to let others know as much as possible . .that will eliminate the 'rumors' and you will gain support. There are many young adult cancer groups online that you can visit and they will share their stories with you on how they have handled similar situations.

Planet Cancer

My heart goes out to you Goldie.

You're right, you shouldn't waste any time or energy worrying about people like that. But I can also understand that its a lot easier said than done. Going through cancer naturally makes you a lot more emotional and its a difficult time without having other people making it harder for you by spreading ridiculous lies like these.

If they don't believe you then they are not true friends.

People need to understand that just because you have been diagnosed with cancer - you do not have to be a victim and show everyone how ill you are. Its OK to keep a happy face on things and carry on with your normal activities.

Im really sorry to hear the cancer is still there. You keep smiling and ignore all these so called friends.

Wishing you a speedy recovery

Story W
Actually that is ( sadly) happening alot ... normaly girls who are 20-25 years of age............ are saying that they have cancer to get attention and well anything they want cuz you cant say no to a person with cancer..... but if you really do prove it have the unbelieving family or friends or whatever ask your doctor or find some other way to prove it.

13 years ago, I had cervical cancer for the first time. I chose not to tell my family as we were never close and they were 2500 miles away. I went through all of the treatments, and only lost about a third of my hair.I did not look sickly I guess because earlier that year, I had lost enough weight to be put in the hosp, having nothing to do with the cancer. I had it two more time in the next few years. No one in my family would believe me. I shared it with only 2 0r 3 of my friends. My family also never believed that I was married, even though the saw the liscense and certificate and knew my husband. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with liver disease. My family absolutely refused to believe it even though they went to some of the dr appts with me. I live in Rochester MN now close to mayo, waiting for a transplant. They still do not believe even though they have the paper work and signed the living will.

I think it is just easier for alot of people not to believe so they don't have to care. For others, it steals the thunder from them because they feel they are no longer the center of attention. My advise to you is to get busy living and not worry at all about those people, including family members. Good luck

dont waste your time with them, if they dont believe you, then they're just really stupid.

if they still tease you, prove it to them. show them with papers from your doctor that you really have cancer, and then the people that made fun of you will feel horrible for making fun of you in the first place.

at lease, that's what i would do to them if that happened to me.

Proud Mommy
Thats crazy.

When I was sick with Leukemia and going through treatment I didnt lose all of my hair...it thinned a lot but not gone.

I have an autoimmune disease (I'm 33) and people pay absolutely no attention to it because I don't "look" sick. It's so frustrating and makes me feel really alone sometimes. I found the best way to handle it was to confide in a select few people who would believe me (or even care) and nevermind the rest. Some of the people I don't talk to about it are my mom and dad! They blow me off like it's no big deal. Really upsetting. It's not like we are looking for some kind of medal, but a "how are you feeling today" would be nice!

<3 This is me <3
just ignore them focus on getting better and the positive. Don't worry. maybe they are in denial they don't want it to be true.

i really hope u get better :]

My heart goes out to you. I've never had cancer before, but I have had cases where people didn't believe me about important issues & I know that's tough.

I know you feel discouraged, but you don't have to prove yourself to anyone about anything - especially when it's a problem with your health. If I were you, I would ignore those losers and surround myself with people that are true friends that would provide real support.

Good luck through all this & I hope that everything takes a turn for the better. :-)

Anchors Aweigh
You don't owe them an explanation. You don't have to tell them.

When my dad had cancer he didn't look any different than he did when he didn't have cancer. My wife didn't look any different when she had cancer than she did when she didn't have cancer.
You're right! Just don't waste your time worrying about it. You have more important things to worry about, and friends who don't demand a note from your doctor that you have cancer. Maybe one day there will be a TV Reality show __"Guess what disease I have?"

I know exactly how you feel. I am 20 years old and I was just diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma. It's hard because I have been sick for some time and people at work and school think that I have been faking being sick and made up a cancer story to cover all of the sick days. It's very frustrating but I just decided that I know the truth and I don't need them to believe me. They're opinions don't matter so don't worry about it. As long as the people that you care about support you everything will be fine.

Juliet R
Its crazy that people do not believe you. Why would someone lie about having cancer? Maybe let them know that there are new types of chemo that do not cause you to loose your hair

Young people are assumed to be healthy. Most people think cancer happens later in life. At 20, people believe you should be vibrent and healthy, but unfortunatly, not everyone is at this age.

Just ignore them! They are just being ignorant and snobby. What matters is that you know you're not lying and that you have it.

I am very sorry you are going thru this again. That cancer has a way of hiding in the colon, I wish you the best and that your treatments are successful. Due to your age (young and strong) I'd take odds that you will beat this beast.
I, too, am battling the beast, my monster in in my lung and its terminal. Its a very difficult time and I can't imagine what you must feel when accused of lying. Its very easy to say not to worry about what others say.. but it does matter, doesn't it! RIght now you need support and all positive energies, please focus on that and not on the idiots who can't possibly know what you are going thru.
Be well... and keep your fight up.. all the best to you.

DoDo Bird
Hey I understand what you are talking about. My aunt is diagnosed with liver cancer. She looks so well and healthy and once in a while we would say that she looks so well that it is unbelievable that he has cancer. But the truth is that she has it inside and its not showing it outside. Don't worry. I am proud of what you are doing . I know we care what others think and feel about us but if we could just ignore everyone, we could be so much happier. Good luck!

Im really sorry it is still there.
I have been told a liar when someone thought i was anorexic but i wasn't. I didn't do anything i just didn't talk to them

Optimus Prime
dont tell ne one...be normal to every one...
i wish u good luck..and god bless u ..
u gonna get well m sure...take care of urself...
dont be depress..n enjoy life ..as it come to u ...

Blessed Rain
If your friends and family are having problems believing you just have them drive you to your appointments.
If its work place related you only need to fill out medical forms with your HR & your boss in case you need extra time off or have a "bad" day after chemo.

I am both sorry that people are treating you this way and happy that you went through your first horrible bout so well, I hope they are able to get it all this time if not you might be looking at surgery.
Good luck and hopefully this will be your last time :)

Does it matter whether other people believe you have cancer? You know that you do. If you want to convince people, start carrying around your medical records.

don't waste your time with people that don't believe you.
i have not experienced it but i have this thing were my spine curves and i was out of school fo ra while and i told my friends and teachers and they didn't believe me but what ever i didn't have to prove it to them .

You know the truth hun you don't have to deal with problems like that. Those people you shouldn't even be waisting your time.
No I have never gone through that.
I hope you get better and over come your cancer!

Stormtrooper In Stilettos
The way I see it, only validate yourself to those who express concern because they care about you, and who can come up with legitimate reasons as to why they doubt you -- and of those people, only the ones who you feel it is important to sustain a relationship with. You may want to tell a select few of people because something like chemotherapy is hard to do by oneself. I know exactly what you're going through and I wish you a speedy recovery.

Don't ever let what others say negatively bring you down. Its not worth your time and effort, even in the case of someone perfectly healthy. You shouldn't have to prove yourself to anyone, just take care of yourself and do with your life what you want.

hey u don't need them to believe you, there is people who are sick and don,t feel bad and people who feel bad and are not sick, you are just blessed, hope you the best and and god bless u.

check with your hospital or doctor for cancer support groups in your area. You'll get better support from strangers. I don't have to tell you this but you do have bigger things to worry about. If people don't believe you that is their problem not yours. Just shrug it off. You don't need those people in your life. Seriously if someone says straight to your face they don't believe then just say "okay."

I'm so sorry to hear that!

I had a similar situation. Not with cancer, but with another health problem.
People assumed that I was faking it because I didn't show the pain I was going through.
I never spoke about my health issues, and never tried to express my discomfort to other people.
Because of this, when I landed myself in the hospital needing surgery, people spread rumors that I was lying.
They said I was lying about having surgery, and that I was just seeking attention.

What did I realize from all of this? That the people I was conversing with weren't worth my time or effort.
If they thought I was lying after all of that, i realized they weren't worth my time.

My advice for you would be to try your hardest to ignore those people. Surround yourself with people who love and care about you regardless of what is going on. You need a support system that is caring if you're battling cancer.
I feel so terrible that those people are so ignorant, and that they would spread those rumors about you at such a difficult time in your life!

Good luck with the cancer! I hope you overcome it! Truly, I understand what it's like to lose someone to cancer. So, I hope it does not happen to you.

You are better than those people! :)

Chris C
My friend had this problem in High School, because he lied a lot and people just thought he wanted attention, show them the doctor notes or something like that. He finally started showing symptoms and people felt hella bad.

join a "UPBEAT" cancer support group - and other groups with upbeat people.

not everyone is informed or well intentioned.

good luck to you

You are looking at my name
omg good luck and god bless. Just forget about hose people, you have to worry about beating that cancer!

Glorianne L
Hi Goldie,
First let me say I am so sorry you are going through that, the illness and the people who are spreading rumors.
It is my sincere hope that your treatments give you the best outcome possible.
I have never been through that but I felt compelled to try to answer this for you.
I would have to think that either they don't believe that you are sick for why you said (you are young and still have your hair) or that they don't want to believe it.
Some people just like to believe the worst about others, so if they can run around saying how terrible it is that you would lie about that then they probably aren't worth your time.
Maybe it is easier to think that than to think that someone their own age has cancer and they are thinking how it could have just as easily been them.
One thing is for sure. When you go through hard times you find out who your true friends really are - they are the ones that will be right by your side through thick and thin.
Don't worry about what the others say, just confide in your true friends and of course your family and concentrate on getting better. At this point, the others are not worth the energy it takes to think about them.
My cousin who is about your age has lymphoma and my daughters friend just lost his lifelong battle with leukemia so for what it's worth, I believe you and I will say a prayer for you too.
Hang in there!

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