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Cancer Survivor

The Good Kind of Cancer?

Emma Kelly | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Emma Kelly

I vividly remember two or three different people telling me that I was lucky to have Hodgkin's, "the good kind of cancer." But no cancer is "good," and no treatment "easy," especially when you're the patient.

What If You Treated Everyone Like They Might Die Tomorrow?

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

We talk about not "sweating the small stuff" and "going with the flow," but how many of us really practice this in our lives? I don't know why any of us has to have a near death experience to chill the eff out -- it doesn't have to be that way, does it?

Talking About Your Cancer Experience

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

I found that being open allows people to really rise to the occasion when they know you're going through a hard time and aren't the superwoman/superman that you usually are. Your ability to be vulnerable and honest allows other people to feel free to be open as well.

Asking 'Why Me?' in a Different Way

Denise Tam | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was never angry with God nor did I ever ask "why me?" However during my three-year battle with cancer and with the world of cancer I have come to ask "why me?" -- just in a different way.

The 'Gift' of Cancer?

Jamie Bendola | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Bendola

Part of me knew it was coming and part of me thought I was crazy to even think I could have such a disease at 25. I'll never forget sitting in that room alone and wondering if I would make it to my 26th birthday. It's funny how your attitude about life can change when you realize yours could be taken away.

Dancing With Fear: A Day in My Life Without a Left Pelvic Bone

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I walk like a penguin, I think, chuckling at my short stride. Days ago I danced at a wedding. Historically I had been the loner watching the dance floor from afar, but this time I visited YouTube, where a smooth Asian gentleman taught me basic moves.

Cancer Turned Me Into a Hypochondriac

Kelly Bergin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

Last week I noticed a black speck on my arm. Yep, definitely cancer. Later, I noticed the spot was gone. Why do I torture myself like this? I suppose my medical history has taught me that my hunches are usually correct, but lately I seemed to be going crazier than usual.

A Complicated Relationship

Karin Diamond | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

My relationship with cancer will forever be evolving. I hope for a clean break. Yet, even when we say goodbye for good, it will take a long time to heal from the forever imprints our time together has made on my being -- a tattoo inked during a four-year (and counting) bender.

The Meaning in a Cancer Survivor's Yellow Shirt: Working to Prevent the Next Story of Despair

Paul Majkowski | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Paul Majkowski

My LRF colleagues and friends come back to the Lymphomathons each year, and will keep coming back until we see only yellow shirts; and we will continue to visit legislators for funding and vital cancer legislation.

Your Life, Like Mine, Might Be Touched by Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

At the age of 25, I knew but one distant, family friend who had been diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked to know it was me. My diagnosis taught me that it's exactly the possibility that you can't imagine that presents the biggest threat to your happiness and well-being.

Cancer's Best Friend: Fear

Molly Lindquist | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Molly Lindquist

Fear. We all deal with it at some point in our lives, but never had it been such an all-consuming part of my life until my cancer diagnosis.

The Debate We Need: How to Help People Live After Cancer

Doug Ulman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Doug Ulman

Survivorship as a treatment discipline means going beyond just medical care to equip people to thrive today as well as they can, both during that fight and beyond it. It is treating the whole patient, the abnormal cells spurring tumor growth as well as the day-to-day challenges that accompany them.

Today Was a Gift -- Until I Burned My Soup

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

It's days like today that I realize that sometimes the advice and outlook that I dish out from time to time isn't exactly the easiest to follow.

The Fight After the Fight

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one thing I really was prepared for was the fight during treatment. I knew I was going to have surgery. I knew I was going to get radiation. What I was not fully prepared for was everything that came after.

The New "C"...Continuous Innovation

Newton F. Crenshaw | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics
Newton F. Crenshaw

Ignoring this cycle of innovation in cancer research due to economic pressures carries the risk of unintended consequences.

Loving Your Reflection

Alyssa da Silva | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Alyssa da Silva

In the end it is humorous to me that a surgery to change my appearance brought my hidden cancer to my attention -- and that this cancer has essentially reversed how I feel about beauty.

I Was Prettier Before Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

I like to think I'm not superficial or petty. But it wasn't until my new doctor, an oncologist, told me I would lose my hair that despair reared its ugly, presumably bald, head.

Finding My Niche, Post Cancer

Kate Sievers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kate Sievers

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, stage 2A with bulky mediastonal disease, when I was 22. Most people know that cancer is expensive, but I didn't think that most people understood what that meant for a twenty-something.

From Tragedy to Triumph

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

I am a wife, a mother and a mesothelioma warrior. I have a story to tell, one that starts with tragedy but ends in triumph.

Reflect, Refocus, Rebuild, Live: An Interview With Mike Lang

Emily Drake | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

Having been a former outpatient at a pediatric health center, it was a unique experience for me to be on the other side of the fence talking about the experience of pediatric patients transitioning from pediatric to adult health care. I had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Lang last week to ask him about his adventure therapy organization, Survive & Thrive Expeditions.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Now Is the Time

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

When you're diagnosed with cancer, there's all this pressure to get out and "live your life," and anxiety about being judged for taking life for granted now that you're staring your mortality in the face. But living life to the fullest doesn't mean the same thing for everyone.

7 Key Healthy Strategies From a 15-Year Cancer Survivor

Jeannine Walston | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeannine Walston

Integrative cancer care does not only include medical visits and treatments. In combination with necessary conventional cancer treatments and other integrative therapies addressing the entire body, cancer patients need to use self-care daily.

A Cancer Survivor's Tribute to Mom

GalTime | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
GalTime

There I was on one end of the phone trying to sound calm, cool and collected because I wanted to protect her. And there she was on the other end of the phone, offering consoliatory words in an effort to protect me, her daughter.

Things I Was Told During Chemotherapy

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

Every day, young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Every day, people tell them it will be okay, or it isn't so bad. These quotes are some things that were said to me by various people in my life. These things didn't really help me.

It Happened, Even to Me

Elise Frame | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

I am happy that my story brings others encouragement,

And I don't think any of this is a mistake.

I just wish people would stop telling me "I can't imagine how you do it"

And instead realize, "You're just like me."