Esophageal, Head and Neck Cancer Blogs

Cancer-battle: Adventures of Mark Richardson

Updates on Mark, an adventurous young man who was told early in 2005 that he had advanced esophageal cancer with metastasis to the liver and only three months to live. With no insurance to help him, limiting access to health care, Mark quickly moved from Saipan (where he was working in a hospital) to Bangkok, Thailand for treatment. While he is still battling liver cancer, his esophageal tumor disappeared with radiation and chemotherapy. He battled cancer for 12 years before passing away in 2017, though his death was not cancer-related.

Cancer: Game On

Zach was diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma esophageal cancer on January 3, 2014. This blog was to help his family process everything, share information with their family and friends, and ask for specific prayer requests. He passed away in January of 2015, but the blog remains available for any interested readers.


Newsman Keith Kohn, husband, dad of six, cousin and nephew to many, and former night editor at the Orlando Sentinel who is now at Newsday, chronicles his journey from diagnosis with esophageal cancer through his treatments. He offers insights, tips and anecdotes to help others beginning a similar path.

Cheeky Librarian

Teresa Hartman was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma of the left parotid in June 2006. This blog is her place to relate her experiences with cancer treatment, as well as share resources that may be helpful to fellow oral, head, and neck cancer survivors. Her goal is continue enjoying the Nebraska Good Life.

deeper than cancer

Steve was diagnosed stage 4, tonsil cancer in August 2009. He enjoys poetry and posts on this blog too. He posts every anniversary, and on his latest post in October 2014, “I am five years cancer free after undergoing 35 days of radiation and 2 cycles of chemotherapy for stage 4 throat cancer in the fall of 2009.”

Esophageal Cancer: Aisha’s Fight

Aisha is a wife, mom of three beautiful girls and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March 2012 at age of 33.


In September 2007, Jeff was diagnosed with sinus cancer, specifically in his left sphenoid sinus. As his oncologist said, it was a rare cancer and the type of cancer that didn’t belong where it was. Following treatment, he started a blog, View From the Ledge, putting up photography and original writing, posts about his love of books and the written word. Now he finds himself drawn more to the side of the patient and the new frontier of patient advocacy. This blog, GettingCancer is an attempt to continue to develop that. Cancer is a very personal and intimate disease. And most likely the most devastating diagnosis you will ever receive. He hopes to relieve that burden. And provide for you what he can.

Glimpses Within

Karen Zanker is a wife to a Steve and they have three boys together. She has been diagnosed with a very rare cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in October 2012. This is her story, her inner thoughts, her feeling, her ramblings and her experience. Her husband Steve also has a blog, “Views From The Passenger Seat” to inform their family and friends of their journey.

Head & Neck Cancers Discussions – Cancer Compass

Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or you are seeking support for a loved one, our online cancer forum is full of information and resources about head and neck cancer. Connect with fellow cancer patients to compare stories, research treatment methods, and more.

I’m Literally Fucking Dying

On June 5th, 2015, Tanya was diagnosed with Stage lV esophageal cancer. She writes about involuntary journey into the cancer ward, and the odd joys that arise even there.

Mastering the Art of Living while Dying

Karin lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada and has a very rare type of cancer called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. When she was diagnosed in April 2008, it was determined that the lump was in her left parotid gland. Six months after her radiation treatment (February 2009) ended, the doctors discovered about a dozen very small tumors in both her lungs. She was assured that she would be monitored and with the nature of this crazy cancer, it wasn’t expected that these tumors would grow quickly. So, for the past year, she has been living with the knowledge that she is going to die. She hopes to remove some of the fears we have about dying and to provide some comfort to those who are grieving.

My life… a myriad of color

Aida Munirah Azmi was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Arcinoma in September 2010. At first she thought about keeping her battle a personal and quiet one. But after much research, she was inspired by all the ACC stories she came across online. It feels better that she is not alone in this battle.

Other Side Of Cancer

Greg Johnston has been treated for two forms of cancer. In August 2007, he was diagnosed with Head and Neck cancer–Metastatic Cystic Squamous Cell Carcinoma cancer. He was also diagnosed with skin cancer–Squamous Cell Carcinoma–and had the first spot removed in May 2008. He does want to end cancer in his lifetime. By sharing his experiences, thoughts and relationships he hopes in some small way that others may benefit.


Shalil Giannone – CaringBridge

After having some tooth pain and visiting the dentist for Shalil’s normal 6 month checkup, Shalil was scheduled for a root canal procedure. Upon visiting the endodontist, he noticed a mass growing on the roof of her mouth and scheduled her for a biopsy. It is a rare cancerous tumor known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.


Ron Sparks is a husband and a father of three children. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in August 2008. He had radical neck dissection surgery in September 2008 to remove the cancer from his lymph nodes and from his tonsils. Six weeks after surgery, in November 2008, he started chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Wonderings of a Wannabe

Mandy lost her husband to esophageal cancer in 2010. She started this blog in 2008 and has been blogging about her husband’s battle with cancer and now, living without him.