Laura Gluhanich
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“We’ve done drugs Keith Richards never heard of”

So says a T-shirt that Laura, from Planet Cancer, proudly wears around town. This irreverent perspective permeates throughout Planet Cancer, a social network supporting young adults in their 20s and 30s with cancer. As their welcome message says, the network is “A place to share insights, explore our fears, laugh, or even give the finger to cancer with others who just plain get it.
So, welcome to Planet Cancer — we’re glad you’re here. Well, not really. But you know what we mean.”

The positive, though realistic outlook of this network allows for groups as diverse as CrazySexyCancer and Group for the Groupless (rare cancers), where, if it takes 12 minutes to say the name of your cancer, you are welcomed with open arms.

As the new home for a community that has been around since 1995, Planet Cancer is making great use of the forum feature. Not only are topics such as dating and family issues covered, there is a FAQ and House Rules section, to help newbies to the network navigate.

With groups, forums and blogs, Planet Cancer has quickly become a robust community. Members have also uploaded hundreds of photos.

As member MPomy said, “The site works marvelously, and the sense of community is about the best medicine we could ask for.”