I Had Cancer is a cancer support community that empowers people to take control of their life before, during and after cancer. Peer-to-peer support is crucial because it allows to share firsthand experiences about treatment, side effects, long term effects and more.
Cancer can be isolating and scary, but I Had Cancer helps anyone who has been affected by cancer find real support and real answers from those who have been in similar situations. The mission of I Had Cancer is to empower anyone who has been affected by cancer and help them find the support and answers they need from people who have experienced similar situations.
I Had Cancer wants to help either fighters (people currently diagnosed with cancer who are looking for information and support), survivors (people who have overcome their diagnoses and are looking for continued support or hoping to inspire and help others) or supporters (caregivers or supporters who have been with their loved ones through their cancer diagnoses and are looking for support or to exchange information).
This cancer support community all began when Mailet Lopez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 33. She had great support from family and friends, but still found that they couldn’t fully understand what she was going through. She spent a lot of time searching online, but couldn’t find a resource that easily connected her to someone who could answer all of her questions. It was only by chance that Mailet found her cancer hero – a breast cancer survivor who was the same age as her and happened to be in the same waiting room.
It made Mailet realize that when it’s a matter of life and death, nothing should be left up to chance and she decided to build IHadCancer.com with founder Anthony Del Monte.
In less than two years, the I Had Cancer community has grown to thousands of members in more than 110 countries. In 2012, it was recognized by the Webby Awards as the Best Community Website and in 2013, Parade Magazine listed I Had Cancer as one of seven social networks that could save your life. More importantly, it has made a difference in the lives of its members