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One Year Since My Cancer Diagnosis

Danielle Nicosia | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nicosia

Once you are diagnosed with the "C word" your entire life changes forever. I cannot believe today is a year.

'Hey Kids, Daddy Had Cancer' and Other Non-Starters

Emily Kontos | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Emily Kontos

Cancer has this unfortunate way of putting an indelible mark on so much more than just the patient -- and it is these more nuanced side effects of what daddy's cancer has meant to us as a family that has sent me searching for what to say and when to say it.

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

If you've ever said, "I'm completely addicted to sugar," you may actually be correct. A recent study showed that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol) than those that had no gene variation.

Climate Action Plan, EPA and Breast Cancer: We Won't Trade Our Health for Reduced Carbon Emissions

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

The president's plan for addressing climate change requires us to kick a toxic can of health harms down the road. In so doing, we betray our obligation to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 1 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Come along and listen to... I'm going on a journey and wanted to invite you to join me. I've never been down this road, but it is a trek many have ta...

Not-So-Safe Foods You Should Avoid

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

Some foods have been promoted as "healthy" when they're exactly the opposite. Clean Plates founder Jared Koch shared nine examples. Here's an expansion on his observations.

Chemo Style: A Cancer Patient's Tips for Building a Great Hat Collection

Shelley Nolden | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

As any chemo veteran knows, it ain't easy being bald. Some patients can pull off a wig with panache. Others, to my great admiration, go boldly bald. I took the hat approach -- and gave it my all.

I'll Take the Lumpectomy, a Small Dose of Chemo and a Side of Acupuncture, Please

Mailet Lopez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

No one chooses cancer. It comes out of left field and forcefully throws you into battle, whether you're "prepared" or not. Now that I am five years cancer free, I have figured out what key steps helped me deal with all my choices, and they just may be able to help you, too.

A Peloton to Stave Off the Loneliness of Orphan Cancer

Rick Kaitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Rick Kaitz

After what was described to us as "routine" surgery to remove a fibroid, my wife, Erica, was diagnosed with Myxoid, uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS). That was the first shock. The second? The cancer is so rare, each year fewer than 100 people in the country receive such a diagnosis.

Living in the Chemo Ward

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

I spent the better part of half a year in the chemo ward. It is one of the biggest things that drives me to continue to help people who are there, and keep people from having to go there.

Still in the Trenches: A New Book Examines the Toll of the 'War on Cancer'

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Julie Flynn Badal

In the new book The Truth in Small Doses, Clifton Leaf asks why there hasn't been more success in reducing the cancer threat, considering the enormous investment in research. He argues that a "strange, dispiriting, dysfunctional" cancer culture has actually stood in the way of progress.

Evolution of a Strand

Emily Helck | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Emily Helck

I paid as much mind to my hair and face as I had to the wounds I had been dressing, performing rituals of grooming I had nearly forgotten. My heart swelled, and after a year of cellular and spiritual purging, I suddenly felt full.

Cancer-Surviving Commitment-Phobe

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 09.23.2013 | Good News
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

My sense of control was taken the night my parents came up to my workplace and let me know my test results showed I had cancer. Standing in the middle of a library where I'd worked my first job, suddenly my world didn't feel so teenage anymore.

Living in the 'I Don't Know'

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Life is wretched and life is glorious. It is designed that way, I think, to keep us humble. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers probably doesn't know the questions. "I don't know" is a good place to be. It isn't always fun or easy, but it is real.

Letting Caregivers Actually Care

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

It is not a strength to be self-sufficient at all times in all circumstances. The people you love are dying to be there for you, and we in turn need to reciprocate that. It's a gift that we can give, and that we owe, to the people who put everything aside just so our lives can be a little more tolerable.

Cancer Survival: Not So Black and White

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

Maybe a cancer diagnosis isn't as black and white as live or die. With the sudden threat of an expiration date, it's natural to at some point wonder, what could I be doing better? How do I make the most of my short time

How Cancer Impacts Your Body and Self Image

Joy Huber | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

If this doesn't sound too crazy, my cancer experience probably improved my self-image. How you ask? Because I realized that self-image is about who you are as a person, not wholly how you look.

To My Donor, on Transplant Day

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

With your stem cells, I can imagine life as an ordinary thirty-something. Back at work. Earning a salary. And writing about something other than life with cancer. With your stem cells, I can imagine a second chance at my first year of marriage and the dreamy possibility of my 50th.

Here's Your Cancer Medal

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

Here's a newsflash: they don't give you a medal for going through childbirth without any drugs and they don't give you a medal when you finish chemo or any type of cancer treatment. There are no medals for "being brave." What does that mean anyway?

Chartering Her Own Path: My Mother's Final Hours

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

I spent my first Shabbas in Sloan Kettering Hospital on March 2nd. Just a week earlier, my parents had hosted a large Purim celebration for family and friends. We were unaware of the devastation about to begin.

Fifty Shades of Blue

Dave Dubin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Dave Dubin

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. I'm pretty good at failing, so I guess I'm doing well.

When Your Husband Has Cancer You May Have to Lie

Judy Silk | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Silk

When you ask, "How's he doing?" accept that it's in your and my best interest for me to be non-specific. So I have to say, "He's doing okay," and leave it at that. We can then be appreciative that you asked, and you can be thankful to not know more. They say the devil is in the details.

The 'Drop Dead Pork Chops' -- Why Fight Cancer? -- Sunday, July 28, Cal Spirit Food and Wine Festival at PDC

Barbara Lazaroff | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Barbara Lazaroff

Help me finish the fight: July 28th Cal Spirit Festival at the PDC In 2011 shortly before Mother's Day, I wrote about the significance of mothers in ...

Cancer-Related Fatigue: Ancient Herb Ganoderma Offers Relief

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Cancer-related fatigue is one of the primary complaints of and is a short term and long term side effect of cancer patients both during and after canc...

The Equitable Inequities of Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Childhood cancer does not discriminate. Childhood cancer simply is. It exists as a killer that cares not for arbitrary divisions. We can and should learn from this example of unfortunate unity.