The new year is right around the corner. For caregivers, it brings an opportunity to reflect on caregiving so far and to set the stage for a newly fulfilling life -- an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of how your caregiving may turn out.
When we give to others, we do it in the hope that they will get the warm feeling that someone cared enough to think of them. I'm sure this will be what this woman in Germany will experience as she opens the door to see what her friends did for her.
For any longtime LGBT health researcher, 2003 stands out -- it was the year that the Traditional Values Coalition compiled a list of research studies by the National Institutes of Health and slipped that list to Congress.
Almost immediately after I got the news, I made it crystal clear to my family that they were not to shed a tear -- at least not with me in the room. In reflecting on these questions, three examples of when my one and only rule was broken come to mind.
Sometimes I feel like I have the worst luck and can be a pessimist, but this really turned my world upside-down. I feel so positive, and after beating cancer, and then becoming pregnant, I feel like I know the purpose of my life.
Harlan and I were just learning how to be married when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since January we have lived in the shadow of my illness, and it was starting to define us. We needed to see our marriage and ourselves in a new light.
No one wants to talk about it, but HPV (human papilloma virus) is common, sexually-transmitted, and can cause suffering and reduced quality of life. This is serious stuff, and you should take a moment to think about it now.
I remember that the morning after my own diagnosis: I sat up in bed, I put my feet on the ground, I started to cry... but only for about 60 seconds. Then I said to myself (out loud), "This disease is not going to kill me." I believed it then, and I believe it now. That was over four years ago.
The arena now shifts to the International Classification of Diseases 11 which is currently being prepared by the World Health Organization and is due to be published in 2016. The open question is whether ICD 11 will mindlessly repeat the mistakes of DSM-5 or will it correct them?
The AYA cancer patient advocate movement has gained tremendous momentum in the last few years. However, it is imperative that health professionals become invested and educated on the needs of this unique group of patients in order for their health-related needs to be met.
In the mainstream nutrition world there's one thing you can always count on: If you're told a food -- or nutrition practice -- is good for you today, you'll be told it's bad for you tomorrow. The one exception: breakfast.
I counted the days after cancer surgery until I could eat Cinnabon and wear my favorite yellow Adidas pants. I sometimes counted how much of my life was stolen by cancer, how far behind I was and how fast I'd have to catch up.
Kris Carr has always been a role model for me as I have dealt with health issues. Her battle with cancer and ability to take her health lessons and teach others is something I admire. Not only that, but she has truly built a global brand out of an illness, which is beyond inspiring.
I didn't like being the benchmark for which "strong" was based. Rather, I just wanted to be "Debbie": normal, cancer-free and worrying about which pre-natal vitamins to take, not what chemo won't make me vomit, mortality and, worst, not being able to have kids of my own.
'Tis the season to, well, buy stuff. Increasingly, the stuff we buy is electronic. In fact, not only that, but increasingly the stuff we buy with is electronic, too. We are using gizmos to shop for gadgets, or possibly gadgets to shop for gizmos.