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13 Ways I Live My Life With Purpose After Cancer

Tamika Felder | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamika Felder

Although I didn't always feel empowered or plan on becoming a cancer advocate, I found strength in following a few simple life rules I learned along the way. In honor of my cancerversary, I want to share with you 13 ways I now live my life with purpose after cancer:

This Season, Be ACaregiver To A Caregiver

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Susan McCorkindale

As an autism mom and former cancer caregiver, there have been long stretches of time when the only medical professionals I saw were those I took my son or late husband to see.

If Every Day Were Christmas

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

The proverbial seatbelt is not enough -- we need you to buckle up! The world of prevention entails having an active role in your child's future, guarding their lifestyles and environment and all those things that take on the natural landscapes of their lives.

4 Rays of Hope for 'Precision' Cancer Therapies

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

When they arrive, precision therapies may guide each individual's cancer treatments for improved survival and quality of life. Yet today we can generate more information than can be integrated and analyzed.

When Broken Wind Healed My Broken Heart...

Dan Duffy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Today, as I look at the most ridiculous Christmas card I've ever seen, I can't help but smile and think about the deeper meaning of what my friend actually pulled off. He purposely set out to make himself look as bad as humanly possible, and we love him for it.

Cancer's Next Big Thing -- Immunotherapy

Robin L. Smith | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin L. Smith

While it's true that even immunotherapies are not side-effect free, they pale in comparison to traditional chemotherapy and, by fortifying immune systems, bring the promise of creating healthier bodies that beat back the disease, and mitigate side effects, biologically.

Aziz Ansari Gets Variety's Power of Comedy Award

Philip David Morton | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

It's quite a challenge for a comic to stand before a cancer foundation and entertainment executive crowd and make 'em laugh.

Thriving in Uncertainty

Nicole Glassman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

I was steps away from the Far Away Café only it wasn't far enough away. The name evokes a tropical location, bongos and Pina Coladas. Instead, it w...

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Cancer

Suzanne Foglio | Posted 12.13.2014 | 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.

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

10 Tips From a 26-Year Breast Cancer Survivor

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

Her cancer was infiltrating duct cell carcinoma, and she had a radical breast resection including lymph nodes, chemotherapy and radiation. She did everything she could to beat cancer and now, at 80 years old, is sharing her tips.

A Life-Saving Perfect Match

Michelle Frost | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Michelle Frost

I met Andrea when she was hospitalized in Seattle undergoing her first transplant, now four years ago. What was and remains remarkable about Andrea is her sparkling determination, courage and her seemingly endless ability to tap in to positive side of almost everything.

Ocular Melanoma: Are You Aware of This Eye Cancer?

Chrisi Santana | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Chrisi Santana

Three months before this day, I never even knew ocular melanoma existed. I was aware of skin cancer, but never knew that people could get cancer in their eyes.

How My Husband's Cancer Changed Me for the Better

TueNight | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

The race wasn't some bathed-in-warm-light ending -- or a new beginning. We still had more radiation ahead plus uncertainty beyond that. But we also had more biking and bike races, dancing, trips to the beach, great nights of music and wine and good food ahead of us.

A Little Girl With Cancer Has Just One Big Wish

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

Little Grace has just one wish -- to see Pope Francis. Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-thr...

"Christmas Letter 2014"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), ...

What Two Sisters Have Learned From Losing Their Mother To Cancer... So Far

Alexandra Detwiler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Alexandra Detwiler

Something that we learned early on is that people respond differently to the loss of a loved one. Some may want to openly discuss it, while others would prefer to deal with the loss internally.

Top 5 Questions to Ask a WOMAN Before You Say "Yes" to a Date

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 12.09.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Larry Schwimmer

Dating can be emotionally draining and disappointing. How would you like to find a great way to quickly tell whether or not someone is worth dating and having a love relationship?

'Your Hair Looks Great!'

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Beth J. Caldwell

Why do we tell the cancer patient "you look great"? Why do we celebrate when a cancer patient doesn't look like Skellator?

Getting to Rome

Roger Friedland | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Roger Friedland

I needed to live here. It was neither moral, nor powerful, nor particularly brilliant. There is no question: I suffered from a madness. Rome is a city that is hopeless and yet alive, the perfect place for somebody who thought he might be dying.

Is This The World's Oldest Case Of Cancer?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Science

Scientists in Siberia say they may have discovered the oldest human case of metastatic cancer -- in a skeleton that dates back 4,500 years. "This i...

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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.

On Friendship And Bracelets

Cody Ferrantino | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Cody Ferrantino

On my right wrist, I always wear 5 bracelets. They are simple and some are made of string, but from each of them I draw inspiration. As silly as it sounds, each bracelet has its own name, because they remind me of different friends from my time with Camp Kesem Notre Dame.

Breast Cancer History, Please Don't Repeat

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I'd rather not have ADH or FEA, high estrogen or any other cancer threat. But this journey has stretched my understanding -- of my body, my mind and my faith. And it has empowered me to take even greater charge of my health than I have in the past.

Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.