Make sure your care is following the best guidelines, or if your doctor is not following best guidelines, that the doctor has a good explanation of why you actually need something different. Good patients get good information which gets good care which gets the very best outcomes. And often, good patients need to get second opinions.
Uma Girish's transformational memoir, Leaving Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life is that kind of book that spoke to every single one of my "hats."
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, I underwent a double mastectomy, chemo and reconstruction surgery; it hit me -- good health was something to be thought about, to plan for and to work towards.
I didn't know how difficult this would be on me. I've done it before and embraced it with a smile and strength. This time was nothing like before. This time, I was told that this disease would rip me from the arms of my children and husband.
It has been said that once you had a cancer diagnosis you can become cancer-free but never free from cancer because the experience forever changes your perspective. Having a history of cancer will always be a part of who I am, even if I don't talk about it or overtly connect with my disease.
Bettina Hubby is an interdisciplinary artist with an impulse towards collaboration and integrating daily life into her art (and vice versa), all with large doses of humor.
We were married 20 years ago today -- but we're not celebrating. The problem isn't the state of the union -- but the date of the union.
There is no place to hide. You have got to be svelte if you want to stay healthy and outsmart cancer. And if you have cancer or want to avoid getting...
It is my hope that this overall integrated approach to cancer care will not only be successful in terms of my own long term survival and quality of life, but that it also models for patients and doctors alike that complementary care has an essential role to play alongside conventional care.
Just days ago, I had a mastectomy, a bilateral "simple" one, though of course for anyone going through it, there is nothing simple about it. For me to be sure, it has been far from simple.
The dating world can be so difficult to navigate -- even on a good day. For someone battling illness, it becomes a whole new kind of challenge. As i...
My decision was based on fear. I was scared to get cancer, so I just figured out how not to get it and took the necessary steps to make that happen. And lo and behold, I seem to have outsmarted the little fucker.
No need to stress yourself out about anything. At the end of it all, nothing will bring us so much joy, as being strong and thriving sisters, wives and mothers. Connecting and caring for each other, we can build a beautiful world for next generations to come. One step at a time.
In addition to the physical alterations, I might very well be less patient, less willing to conform, more easily distracted and far more opinionated. I'm not the same person in many ways, but yet of course I am.
With every photo he posts on his public Instagram account, Mike Dirnt, bass guitar player for the rock band Green Day, tells a story. A personalized, ...
It's not a funny bone -- it's a funny muscle. Exercise it! Finding humor in everyday life might seem hard at first, but it gets easier and more automatic with practice.