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Cancer Survivor

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

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, 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 01.27.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, 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.

From Survivor to Metastatic Survivor

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Lisa Masters

I forgot what chemotherapy does to the body other than killing cancer cells.The memories, along with the side effects, have returned. The changes to my digestive system and my thinning hair have spoken loudly that "the cancer's back."

Why I Am Your Hero (Today Only)

Michael Levin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Sports
Michael Levin

Yesterday I ran the New York City Marathon as an Achilles International guide runner for an individual who had survived cancer of the large intestine. He flew from Paris to run New York as a demonstration of his triumph over a typically fatal form of cancer.

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

Being There

Ree Varcoe | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Choose to be brave and purposeful with your time and your love. Put yourself in another's situation and think of things that might ease their burden. As my father used to say, "What each one of us needs is what each one of us needs to give."

I Am Not My Nipples

Kayla Redig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Who knew that nipples were such a huge part of being human -- I wasn't aware that my femininity relied on two little pink bumps.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Why I Don't Support 'Breast Cancer Awareness'

Anita Moorjani | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita Moorjani

They asked me to support their efforts to launch a campaign in the fight against breast cancer, and when I politely declined, they were surprised. They had assumed that as a cancer survivor myself, I would be fervently supportive of their efforts to fight the war against cancer.

I Don't Look Sick in Big Earrings

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Cancer takes away a lot, but it doesn't take away everything. The day I was diagnosed, I didn't become my cancer. I simply gained a new mission in life to fight cancer. My identity didn't change because of my diagnosis.

I Survived Breast Cancer Myself, But Now I'm Afraid I Passed the Gene to My Kids

Betsy Hnath | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

Now when I see the traits we have in common I secretly apologize, sure that the more features we share, the more likely we share the BRCA2 also. "I'm so sorry," I whisper, tears welling, gazing at my daughter who looks most like me. "I didn't mean it."

Warrior Status

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Nina Polvanich Louie

"Nothing compares to what you've been through"is the favorite line. These days, my friends rarely share their physical pain with me. And when they do, it is always downplayed as if their pain is not real.. Every time this happens, it reminds me of my new identity: Patient. Cancer survivor.

A Special Bond

Lisa Walters, RN | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa Walters, RN

I got to see him be a regular kid and run around and grow up. I felt like I could tell my next patients, "I know you can do it," because I saw Joel come through it.