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10 Life-Changing Things Doctors Actually Said To Me

Jessica Bensten | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

The bottom line is, sometimes there is no good news. But all news should still be delivered with kindness and compassion.

Fast Times at Baldmont High

Kelsey Flanigan | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Flanigan

I thought I'd be sad, but when I woke up that morning it just felt right. Sometimes it pays to follow your instincts. If I'd rushed to shave earlier in my diagnosis, this would have been a completely different article, titled "What The F*ck Did I Just Do?!"

Are We Playing God By Consciously Choosing Life Or Death?

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Misee Harris

I am thankful to live in a society where such beliefs can be freely developed and expressed. My hope as a health care professional is for a higher commitment to public awareness and a deeper understanding of how the human body works.

When Peyton Manning Calls, You Answer

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

Though a small gesture to some, the lasting impact our conversation will have on my life is unforgettable. Life is about relationships and those around us. No matter his fame and presence in the National Football League, Peyton Manning gets it.

Keep Brittany Maynard's Legacy Alive and Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

This whole argument boils down to a simple premise: who is in charge of our lives? Doctors? Politicians? Religious leaders? Or Us? Are we so feeble minded that we cannot be trusted to be responsible for our own existence?

Being There

Ree Varcoe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Choose to be brave and purposeful with your time and your love. Put yourself in another's situation and think of things that might ease their burden. As my father used to say, "What each one of us needs is what each one of us needs to give."

Pediatric Brain Tumor Research: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Sierra Alef-Defoe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sierra Alef-Defoe

Just as children are not miniature adults, pediatric cancers aren't small adult cancers. The distinct biology of pediatric brain cancer means it often needs different treatment and can also give us insights into the origins and cures to all cancers

Hugh Jackman Faces Third Skin Cancer Scare

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment

For the third time in under a year, Hugh Jackman has reportedly been diagnosed and treated for skin cancer. The actor’s rep told E! News that Jac...

I Am Not My Nipples

Kayla Redig | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Who knew that nipples were such a huge part of being human -- I wasn't aware that my femininity relied on two little pink bumps.

Five Tricks for Facing 'Cancer With Joy'

Joy Huber | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Joy Huber

Halloween is coming soon, and for those out there newly diagnosed with cancer, and their support team -- even those in treatment currently -- this diagnosis is downright spooky and frightening.

Brittany Maynard Brought Much-Needed Attention to Brain Cancer and Choosing Dignity

Mark Green | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Green

Brittany's public, controversial, and very brave decision has helped me reflect upon my own three years of living with this disease, and the gripping fear I face with each MRI, as I hold my breath and watch the doctor pull up the screen on his laptop.

Why Is No Other Disease So Literally Tied Up With Ribbons and Shopping?

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 10.27.2014 | Media
Nancy Stordahl

Every October I find myself wondering what's next. I find myself wondering what outlandish new breast cancer awareness campaign will surface. I wonder what new product will emerge transformed into its new temporary, tacky, pink version.

Urging Food Education and Cooking Classes in Nation's Schools

Lilia Smelkova | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilia Smelkova

Hundreds of school districts will celebrate Food Day by serving special healthy meals in cafeterias as well as organizing cooking classes and harvest celebrations in school gardens. This Food Day, let's commit to getting food education in every school.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

How Cancer Survivors Are Giving Back

Julie Barnes | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I recently read about an amazing program that recruits and trains cancer survivors to act as peer navigators, or "cancer coaches," to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

The Worst Thing You Can Do When Diagnosed With Cancer

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 10.24.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

When something 'bad' happens to us, we often second-guess the reasons. Eight years ago, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thing I did was start beating myself up. I must have 'caused' this disease myself. In my mind, I went over a litany of things I could have done wrong, a list that escalated as I learned more and more about the disease.

What We Know About Cancer And Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There are so many important reasons to protect normal circadian function, and to make high quality sleep a daily priority. Our increasing understanding of the circadian influence over cancer is yet another very good one.

Lung Cancer: Help Make the 'Invisible Disease' Visible

Tammara Fort | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Tammara Fort

Earlier this week I shared the personal story of a friend of mine, Michael McCarty, who is suffering from lung cancer. He wrote about his disease to ...

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

Why I Don't Support 'Breast Cancer Awareness'

Anita Moorjani | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita Moorjani

They asked me to support their efforts to launch a campaign in the fight against breast cancer, and when I politely declined, they were surprised. They had assumed that as a cancer survivor myself, I would be fervently supportive of their efforts to fight the war against cancer.

Community Brings Hope to Cancer Patients in Memory of Mother

Jennifer White | Posted 10.23.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

I built my sixth Hope After Project in memory of Carla, my best friend's mom, who battled colon cancer for many years. Carla was fortunate enough to be able to live at home while undergoing treatment.

Being a Couch Potato Could Harm You in Ways You Don't Even Know

OZY | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
OZY

Is your sofa bad for your health? A host of scientists and advocacy groups say the answer may be yes -- and some government officials may slowly be agreeing with them. The problem lies with fire-retardant chemicals in foam sofa cushions.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings the Usual 'Pinkwashing' and Unethical Cause-Marketing Partnerships

John Brothers | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
John Brothers

Often the most visible aspect of the Breast Cancer Awareness month is the number of products that are recolored pink to bring awareness and donations to the cause. A growing number of people and organizations are challenging the idea that these areas are actually bringing real benefit -- calling this trend "pinkwashing".

Twins Aren't Hard

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

The four of us were close in college: Tina, Lisa, Jill and me. If we could have looked into a crystal ball, how shocked we would have been to see ourselves at forty: three of us with twins, and one of us diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer.

The Art of Surviving Breast Cancer

Antonia Marrero | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
Antonia Marrero

Marion Behr discovered that typically, survivors feel responsible for helping others through the ordeal of cancer and find purpose in that mission. By sharing their honest stories, survivors are doing just that.