Two Time Cancer Survivor Success Story

Two Time Cancer Survivor Success Story

Could you imagine going through a life-changing event that you never thought would happen to you?

I never thought I would experience something like this.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May 2011. (This was after I had lost my parents in 2008, and 2010). I was 23 at the time and noticed a lump in my neck, painless lump and because of my mom's cancer history and the lump wasn't going away I decided to get it checked out.

I am the oldest in my family with a younger brother and sister and needless to say after the years we have had, we were not hopeful of this news. We had been through so many tumultuous moments that now it was my turn and it was devastating. I didn't know what to feel and I absolutely didn't know what to expect.

Never Thought I Would Experience This

Soon, I was going through tests and seeing doctors that I never thought I would experience. I soon had a port placed in my chest which left a huge scar that is very visible in any womanly shirt or dress that I wear. Also, I was going through chemotherapy "orientation". They were going into detail about ALL of the things that could go wrong for me and the bad side effects which was very overwhelming.

My first day of chemo was eight hours and it was just my sister and myself hanging out all day and we made the most of it.  We made fun of the drugs, we made fun of my IV stand and even named him.  I think by this time, as long as I appeared fine and was healthy going through this, I knew as well as my family that I could get through this.

I made it through 8 rounds of chemo and 3 weeks of radiation and lost my hair, but was able to get a wig quickly. Working full time during my treatments kept up a pretty normal life for me. I had a boyfriend and some friends and family who supported me.

I was in remission February of 2013 and I made it through! That summer my hair started growing back and I had a new cute pixie cut that I was getting used to, but of course I missed having longer hair.

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Two Time Cancer Survivor Success Story

I Had Relapsed

My boyfriend and I soon broke up. We just couldn't get through the stress, as half of our relationship was spent with all of these horrible events. At the time, that was also devastating. I was healthy and we had plans to finally live together and get on with our lives. We had been together for six years and it was something I didn't want to end.

Not soon after I was diagnosed again with the same cancer - I had relapsed. Within an hour, I was getting a phone call from a reproduction clinic telling me I had been referred to have my "eggs frozen" because this next round of chemo will knock out any chance I will have to have children.

I was soon going with my aunt and my uncle to a repro clinic to have daily ultrasounds to retrieve my eggs. I was absolutely just the lowest of low because right after this procedure, I was starting chemo yet again - new drugs, new hospital, new doctors. This time I could not work and wouldn't work for six months.

What I Learned from This

Somehow, this round of cancer felt more life changing than before. I had a different support group this time around. Better friends and I had to depend on my loved ones a little bit more. It brought me closer to so many more people in my life and I am forever grateful for the journey they took with me.

What I learned from this is that it is all about ATTITUDE. It is all about how you approach your journey. I took this head on my second time and I focused on ME this time. You quickly learn what is important and what isn't important in life.

I lost friends after my first round with cancer and for that I am grateful - grateful to find out those weren't my real friends. I am beyond grateful that this second cancer bout brought me closer to many friends who are my absolutely best lifelong friends.

Blogger: Lauren Najar

Blogger Bio: She is the founder of Laugh Always. She's a two time cancer survivor and she created Laugh Always as a way to help lift people up in times of difficult journeys. This is a group of people who come together to help one another get through and share stories of motivation. Laugh Always was a term she created during her first round of cancer and to her, it describes the attitude of how you should approach life in general.

Blog name: Laugh Always 

Facebook: Laugh Always

Have you ever met a two time cancer survivor? Did you like this story? If you did, hit the like button and leave a comment below. If you have your own story to share, get in touch with us. We can help you bring your story to life through our community.

John Todorovic

Experienced hospitality general manager, professional speaker, event host and an aspiring writer and author. He enjoys mentoring, coaching and developing teams and individuals who are seeking to improve their communication and leadership skills. As a restless knowledge seeker, he loves acquiring new knowledge on daily basis through various types of research techniques.

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Wow-what an inspirational story. Lauren has experienced so much trauma in only 23 years of life, but is a true warrior!

    1. Indeed she is, thank you Sandra. Lauren is a strong woman and really brave in facing and overcoming this twice.

  2. Very touchy,inspiring and lessons packed.
    Will share my story too.

    Sure when we are going through stuff,people will go….those are not true friends …..

    1. Thank you Amy,

      You’re right, people who will leave you when you are down are not yours to keep.
      We would be happy to share your story in our community.

      1. Ok,will share very soon.
        Do I share on my site directly or in the community as a post?

        1. You can share in the community. Below the story of Lauren you can click to submit your story, ans it will be linked to your site.

  3. I never thought cancer could be this insanely painful. She did an amazing struggle throughout her journey. Her success in life would be extremely valuable and inspirational for many people.

    1. True, Lauren’s story is a invaluable and can influence other individual.

  4. Her strong fighting spirit is very inspirational. I agree that it is when you are at your lowest that you realise who your true friends are.

    1. Thank you Jen,

      You are right, Lauren have a spirit of a true warior.

  5. Sometimes, it is through those difficulty circumstances, that you build your inner strength also true friends are known through such challenging times.

  6. Wow such a powerful story! Thank you for sharing this with us. Thankful for those who stick with you through it all <3 Blessings to you!

  7. She has s a real strong woman in difficult time .I really appreciate her story that really like inspiring lovely writing and boosting

  8. Such a powerful story! Thank you so much of taking the time to share this with everyone.

  9. I cried. What a brave young lady. Very inspiring 🙂

  10. Wow what an amazing story and I am so sorry for what you have had to go through. You are an inspiration and a tough lady. Your attitude is spot on and so powerful. Sending you blessings xx

  11. Thank you so much Sandra!!!

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