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Cancer Survivor

Valleys: Episode 3 -- 'This Guilty Feeling'

Mike Lang | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Talking about cancer can be difficult. And for many, the thought of sharing their actual feelings about cancer with those they love can feel insurmountable.

Valleys: Episode 6 -- 'The Choice'

Mike Lang | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Getting cancer as a young adult seems so unfair. And holding all these conflicting and difficult emotions inside can cause an emotional cancer that takes almost as great a toll as the physical disease itself.

Valleys: Episode 5 -- 'The Release'

Mike Lang | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Is it possible to transform anger, guilt, loss and grief into acceptance and forgiveness? Can you be peaceful in the face of the relentless life threat of cancer? In Valleys: Episode 5, Amy struggles with this conflict as she tries to find release from tormenting anger and guilt.

Welcome to My Cancer Circus

Jim Higley | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Higley

Well, my friends, that cancer circus began eight years ago today. And in my books that makes me an eight-year survivor. I feel an emotional connection with today. It's right up there with my birthday and the birthdays of my three kids.

Understanding Cancer (or At Least Part of It)

Denise Tam | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

Most cancer books or support groups are more like self-help books. Don't get me wrong, we all need a pep talk to move us along but sometimes we need to be in touch with reality as much as we need to dream and have hope.

Stupid Cancer Nation

Kenny Kane | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Kenny Kane

The 2013 Stupid Cancer Road Trip was characterized by new connections. One of the best parts about my job is observing the meaningful conversations that take place when you put a group of people affected by young adult cancer in the same room together.

Valleys: Episode 4 -- 'Letting Go'

Mike Lang | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Cancer awakens our ability to experience impermanence, including our own mortality. Valleys: Episode 4 -- 'Letting Go' -- awakens us to the realities of impermanence and the notion of letting go of what we want or what "may be" and instead embracing "what is."

A Conversation With My Bone Marrow on Her 10th Birthday

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

My bone marrow donor was an anonymous girl, so my blood has two of the same sex chromosome. I have reared my bone marrow as my child, and my only complaint is that she's a brat. She is also a prodigy, teaching herself advanced calculus when she was four.

Being Two

Kelly Bergin | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

There are many times when I am so happy! Many, many people say they'd never know that I was sick. But right now, living feels like so much work. And the wait to get better keeps getting longer and longer.

'The Ultimate Taboo'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts

Rankin, the acclaimed British photographer who shot subjects like Kate Moss and the Queen of England, is arguably best known for his celebrity-centere...

Cancer Survivor's License Plate Stirs Dispute

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2013 | Impact

An Oklahoma cancer survivor whose "F CANCR" license plate was recalled might still have hope of keeping it. In a case that has gained national atte...

A Day in the Life of a Cancer Warrior

Michelle Pammenter Young | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle Pammenter Young

It is day six past my chemo session and the side effects this time are by far worse than before. I had been told that the affects are cumulative and that each time you will feel worse, for longer, but well, quite frankly I guess I didn't want to believe it.

My 'Favorite' Cancer Treatment Questions

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

Obviously there's nothing funny about cancer or its various treatments. But I felt that my options were either laugh at most of it or just crawl under my covers into the fetal position and stay there. Thankfully humor won out most of the time.

26 Going on 60

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer I was 26 years old. I wasn't the youngest person in the world to deal with such an ordeal, but I wasn't the oldest. And as many young cancer fighters would say, younger than they ever thought they would be to be diagnosed with a serious health problem.

When the Other Shoe Drops: Making Sense of Life When Cancer Returns

Amy Curran Baker | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Curran Baker

My medical oncologist asks me how I'm doing "psychologically." And the truth is that most days I'm fine. Although I wish -- of course -- that I didn't have cancer again. I am calm and methodical about my cancer and how I will go about treating it, because now it is just a part of my life.

Giving a Big Fat Finger to Cancer

Seporah Raizer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Once you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, the word "worry" takes on a life of its own. You worry about the treatment working, the cancer coming back, the cancer spreading, how you're supposed to live a "normal" life. You worry. But you live. Because you have to.

Valleys: Episode 2 -- "A Cruel Joke"

Mike Lang | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Each cancer story begins with a diagnosis, but after that each individual's story ebbs and flows like the twists and turns of a mighty river. The participants are swept along, never knowing what they will encounter around the next bend. In Valleys, this metaphor is made literal.

More Than a Survivor

Elise Frame | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

Once you've hit remission and maintenance, beating cancer becomes less about the physical battle and more about the mental and emotional one. They say you're a survivor from the day you're diagnosed, and I agree.

Model Life, or Life of a Model

Dave Dubin | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dave Dubin

I take my role as a Colondar model very seriously. When a patient first gets diagnosed with colon cancer, or any cancer, and sees that there a dozen people this year, and dozens more previously, who have not only survived, but thrived, it makes them feel that they can be one as well.

Slowing Down in a Fast Forward City

Denise Tam | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

In a city where 62% of the people work overtime, many stores stay open past 10 p.m. and 6.5 hours is the average amount of time people sleep a night, recovering and living with cancer in Hong Kong is like trying to swim upstream.

Valleys: Episode 1 -- "A Two-Edged Sword"

Mike Lang | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

When my brother-in-law Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in his 40s, his life, along with his wife (my youngest sister) and their three young children, was turned upside down. The cancer wave rippled out from there. It was a wake-up call for friends and family.

The Cancer Who Got Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

With a July 20th birthday, cancer is my zodiac sign. Growing up I never thought much of people reading horoscopes out of newspapers and magazines asking me what my sign was. I said, "I'm a cancer." At 33 years young, I became a cancer who got diagnosed with, uh, cancer -- stage four.

Never Too Late

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

I initially started blogging about my cancer journey as way to avoid talking about it to others. I soon realized that the process was therapeutic for me. Now, I'm still learning to love and accept myself. But I'm working at it, every single day, for myself as well as my daughter.

The Man Behind the Mask

Ben Teller | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Teller

I don't judge people by the way they look, but if I see something different or unusual, I tend to stare. I think this is true for most people. However, I don't stare anymore. For more days than I'd like to count, I was the person people stared at.

Are We Ever Really 'Done' With Cancer?

Lindsay Goldstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Goldstein

At of the end of this month, I'll be two months out of chemotherapy. In every aspect of my life, things should be normal, or really close to it, by now. But it's still not really gone. The ghost of my cancer is still here, and it haunts me every day.