Top 10 Reasons to Blog During Cancer


Last week we asked our online communities if they shared their cancer journey with others online through blogging or other forms of social media. We got some really amazing responses. Below are the top reasons why LIVESTRONG supporters blogged, posted on Facebook and tweeted during cancer treatment.

  • Empower Yourself
  • Meet Others
  • Blog as Therapy
  • Limit all those Phone Calls
  • Educate Others About Chronic Treatment
  • Teach Others What to Expect
  • Set and Share Goals
  • Gather Support from Your Community
  • Learn from Your Past Experiences
  • Put Words to Your Feelings

Want to blog your treatment? It’s free and easy to get started with simple tools like the LIVESTRONG Cancer Guide + Tracker App for iPad, blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress or other specialized support communities like CarePages and Caringbridge.

Using Twitter and Facebook to post your day-to-day thoughts is also a great way to share, vent and inspire. Remember that you can now change your settings in Facebook to share with certain post with selected groups of people. Create a special “during cancer” list and inform those closest to you, share with the world or keep it private all together.

How do or did you share your treatment with others? What did you learn from blogging during treatment?


  1. SweetRosieGirl says:

    I have a blog that allowed me to organize a Walk for the Cure team and raise nearly $10,000 for local programs. It keeps family and friends around the country and beyond up to date with my treatment and my state of mind. Sometimes my posts are humorous and occasionally they delve into the sad and the scary but they always give me a platform to express my feelings.

  2. Kathleenkogut says:

    During my husband’s cancer journey we used Caring Bridge and we updated friends and family regularly and my husband enjoyed adding amusing trivia stories. Each posting had to be more clever than the last – it was fun. I can now turn all of his blogs or updates and notes from friends and family into a book to save.

  3. Lauren_ward02 says:

    I am blogging and it has been the best experience of the cancer – the positive feedback I get, the number of people who stop me at schools to tell me how much they learned … the way they like my writing, or how I have caused them to act (get a mammogram, support a loved one). Blogging rocks. Cancer sucks. mommyunlocked dotcom

  4. michael says:

    i am a first time blogger..i was diagnosed with CLL[chronic lymphatic leukemia] just over 12 months ago . When the initial diagnosis was given to me i thought my world had fallen apart, but with the never ending support from my wife ,family and close friends have put a positive aspect on my condition..

  5. Tylerkendall124 says:

    My cousin John has cancer right now, but he’s not comfortable with sharing his thoughts publicly during the process. He’s journaling, but he did agree to let his brother set up a Caring Bridge website for him. I think that might be just as effective as him blogging – he gets the support from family and friends while having an outlet for his thoughts (in the form of a journal), but doesn’t have to directly manage a blog. I think that’s for the best (for him).
    He did mention that he might publish his experience after his cancer is gone, whether on a blog or in a book. He just read “Face Forward” by Michele Howe Clarke (, which I think inspired him to do so. I think everyone reacts differently – since John is a very private person, I don’t know that I could convince him to blog during treatment.

    1. LIVESTRONG says:

      It’s not for everyone, but keeping a private journal may be a good way to help him think through his experience and reflect back on it later. If he has an iPad, we have a great app that allows for private journaling. Visit If he doesn’t have an iPad we have a paper version called the LIVESTRONG guidebook:

  6. Joe Brown says:

    At College Station Medical Center we understand the importance of support for people with cancer and their families. Our oncology social workers are there for you to assist with emotional and practical concerns, and psychiatrists are available as needed at any time during or after treatment.

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