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Cancer Survivor

Crossing the Bridge

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Nina Polvanich Louie

Here I am middle of the bridge, trying not to look back and lusting for that glimpse of the light ahead. And there it is. In the craziness of this world, in the storm that rocked out worlds, a glimpse of light. What a blessing.

You Are Not Your Cancer: Keeping Struggles in Perspective

Rachael Yahne | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

The truth is that though cancer can affect every single element of your life, in treatment and for long after, it's not who you are. The truth is that though you are fighting, it's never all your doing. The truth is that though you have cancer, though I had cancer:

How 20 Years In The Army Helped Prepare Me For My Toughest Battle Yet

Col. Paul Taylor | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Col. Paul Taylor

In June 2012, I was set to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. As the commander of an Army unit, I was responsible for ensuring my soldiers were ready. I myself was prepared, as I had been for every deployment. And then came the one thing I couldn't prepare for: cancer.

How Bloggers and Freelancers Can Maintain Integrity

Rachael Yahne | Posted 08.01.2015 | Business
Rachael Yahne

As a freelancer, you have to be your own advocate. That means knowing when to demand compensation, when to work for free to further your cause, and when to stand by your original words. Keep your heart and action toward why you started writing in the first place and you'll be able to find a balance.

Learning How to Dance in the Rain: A Cancer Survivor's Story of Love

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Every once in awhile I run across a story that is so wonderful and beautiful that I just have to share it with everyone that I can. Such was the cas...

Sausage, Biscuits and Decadron

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 07.10.2015 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

In a remarkable memoir, 5 Months, 10 Years, 2 Hours, Lisa Reisman writes about her diagnosis of glioblastoma, her treatment and her survival. She was 32 at the time, a lawyer who quit her job and planned to get a lipstick-red convertible and tool around the country. Instead, she got cancer.

3 Things Cancer Taught Me At 28

Lauren Caris | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Caris

Cancer isn't normally something to be thankful for, but ultimately through the experience I learned some timeless truths. I will not be the last young person to receive a cancer diagnosis, and to those of the future, I offer this.

Getting Back to Happy Birthdays

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Adina Ciment

Last year, I spent my birthday recovering from a bilateral mastectomy. On a scale of 1-10, I would place that birthday squarely in the 1 category.

Art Lessons: The 'Both/And' Life of Artistic Pursuit

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

The hydrangeas still bloomed when Mario Alberico opened his back door in November 2013 and took what he thought could very well be his last walk outside.

Empowering Breast Cancer Patients With Previsualization Tools.

Marianne Angelo | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Marianne Angelo

Whenever I hear about a new Breast Cancer diagnosis, I wince. I know all too well about the challenges ahead as I've been through every assault. Someone said to me "look on the bright side, at least you get free plastic surgery!"

Knowledge Is Power -- Breast Cancer Happened for a Reason

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

Cluster of micro-calcifications? Biopsy of the breast? Pathology? I was in information overload within about five minutes. I felt trapped inside m...

You've Survived Cancer... Now What?

Pauline Alighieri | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Pauline Alighieri

Cancer survivors often tell us there are many debilitating emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis such as, depression, anxiety and fear of occurrence. By advocating for themselves, survivors feel more empowered to live their best life. Cancer becomes their 'wake-up' call and it's not unusual to see a cancer survivor who has changed the direction of their lives by improving relationships, volunteering, embarking on a new career or pursuing their dreams.

Cancer Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

It's a commonplace saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." This can also apply to cancer. This sentiment is not one I would have understood (or even accepted) at the onset of my cancer experience, but over the years, I've grown to appreciate what surviving cancer has taught me.

Foundation to Award Networking Star at Social Event

Jim Luce | Posted 05.26.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

A New York City business and philanthropic leader will receive the J. Luce Foundation's Global Adviser Award on May 19 at a networking event for established professionals supporting children with cancer in the Steelcase offices on Columbus Circle.

ADAO 2015: Asbestos Awareness at the Forefront

Heather Von St. James | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

I always come away from this conference with a renewed sense of purpose and passion. It strengthens my resolve to bring more awareness to mesothelioma and the sad state of asbestos laws in the US. I will continue to do my part in getting this deadly substance banned.

This Bra Is Changing Lives For Breast Cancer Survivors

Refinery29 | Gina Marinelli | Posted 05.08.2015 | Style

Whether small-chested or well-endowed, any woman can recognize the challenges of bra shopping; it's a personal and potentially stressful endeavor. For...

Feeling Alive: Incorporating Exercise as Part of Cancer Treatment

Yariv Kafri | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Yariv Kafri

On August 11, 2015 I plan to be on the starting line of the PepsiCo TransRockies Ultramarathon event, a multi-day trail run that covers 56 miles and nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gains. This is a formidable challenge for most people, let alone for a Stage IV lung cancer survivor.

How This Newlywed Repaired Her Sex Life After Fighting Cervical Cancer

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women

Michelle Whitlock beat cervical cancer twice, but with her victory came an unexpected challenge: learning to how redevelop physical intimacy with her ...

9 Years of Survivorship: A New Perspective on Lung Leavin' Day

Heather Von St. James | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

Fear means different things to different people. To some, fear manifests as anger. For others, fear is sorrow. For each person, identifying their fears is an intensely personal part of LungLeavin' Day.

On 10 Years Of Surviving Cancer As A Family

Jim Higley | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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...