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Cancer Survivor

On 10 Years Of Surviving Cancer As A Family

Jim Higley | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Jim Higley

I asked God for a year. OK, truthfully, I begged for 10. Because I wanted to be your father for as long as possible, until each of you became adults. It was a begging rooted in my personal desire to see each of you grow up. Mature. And step into life. That's why today is rather special.

YSC: The Sisterhood for Young Women With Breast Cancer

Emily Drake | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Emily Drake

Last month, I headed south to Houston, Texas, to attend the Young Survival Coalition's (YSC) conference for young women affected by breast cancer and their supporters (who YSC have accurately dubbed, co-survivors). The theme of the conference this year (#YSC2015) was "young. strong. connected."

Festival Style: Life Hacks to Learn From the Boho Girl

Rachael Yahne | Posted 04.14.2015 | Style
Rachael Yahne

Even if you don't subscribe to the style or fill your closet with tribal prints and fringes, the bohemian lifestyle has much to teach us in and outside of the closet.

The Roller Coaster Ride to Living: My Bones or My Breasts?

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

It's time for another decision in the roller coaster ride to survivorship. Do I worry more about recurring breast cancer or a fracture from falling, as each can be fatal?

Rowing to Survive Breast Cancer

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

There is no one size fits all for dealing with these situations, and I feel the way I approached my journey and recovery can empower other women. I didn't let cancer define me, but instead tried to look at the good that would come out of the situation to help other women.

How Becoming an Active Patient Likely Saved My Husband's Life

Suzanne Foglio | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Foglio

When my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in 1999, we were devastated. Like the millions of other people around the worl...

How Being Mindful Can Change Your Everyday

Paige Davis | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paige Davis

Explore this video, which provides tangible steps we can all take to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday. Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, we...

547 Days

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

I had a new identity now, marked by this journey that I had traveled, and I could not be ashamed of it. This was the new me: short hair, a little confused, trying to love myself. In that moment, as my hair dropped to the floor, I accepted this new identity.

When Flying High No Longer Scares Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I meet with Stowe at the house she and Peter had built together. She still lives on the same gorgeous property south of Nashville, but in a guest house now that she moved into after their amicable divorce.

Stretching Toward Light

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

Facing a major illness when my children barely know me suspends me in time. The prospect of a future freezes me in terror, for fear of the unknown. But an illness with so many question marks also makes me terrified to stay stationary, desperate to move on to a safer place.

How I Learned To Get Naked With Strangers Again After My Mastectomy

Ravishly | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Taking a deep breath, I unsnapped my bra. Eila leaned in close. I could practically feel her warm breath on the side of my chest, the place where "Lefty" used to be. The place that was protected by a spray of persimmon-shaded flowers. "It's so beautiful," Eila said. And I believed her.

A Problem With How We Treat Cancer -- and How to Fix It

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

What's missing, and what is so needed during this time, is a fifth phase of cancer, or the social, emotional, spiritual and psychological support for life after you are sent home to recover.

8 Lessons I Learned From My Miracle Child

Suzanne Foglio | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Foglio

Sometimes, all you can do is take your current battle one day at a time. Fortunately, strength isn't only measured by how strong you are until you break, but how strong you remain even after you've broken.

The Problem With Beating Cancer

Shannon Oliver | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Oliver

Perhaps "surviving cancer" doesn't sound as exciting and rousing as "beating cancer," but the latter implies that those who've died lost. Like they did something wrong.

Lessons On Joy From A Christian Cancer Survivor

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Vertigo. Anemia. Depression. Receding gums. Early menopause. A double mastectomy. These are just a few of the many terrors that Margaret Fein...

Flying High: Expanding My Wings With Angels on My Side -- Reflections at 30,000 Feet

Jordyn Goodman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Jordyn Goodman

"Hold on tight, we are gonna go really fast." I've been on a lot of flights in my life, but no flight attendant ever lead to take off with that. Alt...

Genetic Testing for Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

When I decided to have the test done, I figured I would carry something since I had already had cancer myself. I was pretty surprised that I didn't test positive. The associate said that they can't test for everything, so it's not like I'm in the clear by any stretch of the hopeful imagination.

Imperfect Metaphors: Why I 'Beat Cancer,' But Don't Feel Like I Won Anything

Elise Frame | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

We use these imperfect metaphors to describe the indescribable experience of facing cancer, but I have to stop and wonder if these metaphors and clichés are doing more harm than good.

Cancer Survivor, 9, Brings Toys To Sick Kids Spending Christmas At The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.05.2015 | Good News

While Reece Davis has a clean bill of health, he returned to the hospital for one more critical operation. The 9-year-old cancer survivor from Kan...

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Cancer

Suzanne Foglio | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Foglio

It's been a long journey, but cancer has proven to be a patient teacher that will 'gift' you with a wealth of lessons if your mind, heart, and soul are open enough to receive them. Here are the lessons I particularly learned in its classroom.

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

Project Athena Provides Hope Through Breathtaking Adventures

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

Thanksgiving Reflections: He Saved My Life After the Cancer

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Each year for my favorite holiday I reflect on those things for which I am most thankful. On my list I have always included my thanks for those th...

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Once I finished chemo, I shared my experience with every patient I met and urged them to do the same. After talking to other patients I know that not everyone wants a party. I know that not every patient needs 500 people standing by their side to get them through. Not every patient is Kayla.