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How to Tell Your Tinder Date You Had Cancer

H. Alan Scott | Posted 05.04.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

Before I got cancer, I thought dating was hard. Then I turned 30, got sick, and quickly learned that dating with cancer is an entirely different game. For the first time in my life, I wasn't choosy. It's hard to be picky when you're dating with cancer; you're more focused on living and less focused on his third nipple.

How Jerking Off Got Me Through Chemo

H. Alan Scott | Posted 04.05.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

The reality that the cancer could come back -- or might not. The reality that I'm mortal. The reality that, as masturbation so wonderfully illustrates, it's essential to live every moment fully, even if it gives you carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Battling Cancer and a Belief System

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jasmine Jaksic

One day as I sat there holding my mother's hand, I asked her if there was anything that could be done to make her feel better. She said, "I want god to take away this cancer and instead give me something that would let me die with dignity." I tried but didn't really know how to comfort her.

So, You're Gonna Do Chemo?

Alicia Garey | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Alicia Garey

Ultimately, various cancer treatments from all over the world should be available and put into practice. Not for one minute did I want to do chemo, obviously. But within the span of one year something totally undetected became very palpable indeed.

Dear New Cancer Mom

Nicole Skaro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I wish we'd never known each other. I wish this was a journey you'd never had to embark on. I'm still new to this journey. We've only been on it for four months. I just want you to know you are strong.

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

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, 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.

Movember Mustache Diary: Man's Best Friend Hates Cancer Too [VIDEO]

H. Alan Scott | Posted 01.03.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

In moments when there are no words to describe your pain or sadness, a pet looks you in the eye and somehow miraculously gives you the comfort you needed. That's why this Movembermy dog Virgil and I are bro'ing out and getting our shave on.

Staying True to Yourself During Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy

Debra Jane Campbell | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Debra Jane Campbell

It's tricky being a woman and appearing bald in public. How do I cope with the sad-faced sympathizers who can't help but tell me their cancer stories and imagine sharing my suffering?

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block?

My Cousin's Inspirational Journey With Breast Cancer

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

When my cousin Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer, she approached it with a skier's mentality. She knew it would be an uphill battle with bumps along the way. And, although downhill is a good thing to a skier, she looked forward to the next pinnacle in her life.

I Was Raised By the Internet: On Sharing Your Life With Everyone and No One at Once

H. Alan Scott | Posted 06.21.2014 | Technology
H. Alan Scott

I don't want to give up on technology, it's part of my life, part of who I am. That said, I do want to make it work for me so that I can be a complete person.

Shaving My Head Before Chemo

Jenny Morgan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Morgan

Sure, I was scared, and I cried when I was trying to build up the courage to do it, but doing this put me back in control.

The Couch I Chemo'd On

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

There are so many rooms and pieces of furniture, but I'm drawn to the couch as if by muscle memory.

These People Could've Let Cancer Get The Best Of Them. Instead, They Showed Cancer Their Best

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News

Cancer can be one of the most devastating diagnoses, and it takes a special kind of courage to channel grief into something meaningful. And that's...

Meatless Monday -- The Vegucation of Robin Quivers

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

You don't get to be Howard Stern's airtime sidekick for 30 years by being a weenie. Good thing. Since the release of "The Vegucation of Robin," "I've been mocked across the board," says Quivers. "But I felt really, really good."

Safely Avoid Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer With New Genetic Test

Melissa A. Belli, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa A. Belli, M.D.

Medical genomics are changing the way we bring precision medicine to our patients. Women need to be aware of this technology to support their breast cancer treatment decisions so they can not only extend their life, but also retain their wellness.

At the Top of My Lungs: About-Face

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

The very idea makes me want do an about-face and stop the whole thing. But Tarceva is the best bullet I have to prevent my cancer from spreading, so of course I will put on a brave face, keep calm and carry on. I have skin in this game.

At the Top of My Lungs: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Waiting for each hair to go was like death by a thousand cuts. So on the fifth day of the exodus my husband Harlan got the buzzer and the razor, and I was G.I. Jen. Up to this point I hadn't felt like a sick person. Now I looked in the mirror and saw Cancer Girl.

At the Top of My Lungs: Food for Thought

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

In the first weeks of treatment, I had few side effects apart from fatigue. I thought perhaps I had dodged a bullet and would skate through without much discomfort. It would be clear in the coming weeks just what a tough battle this would be, and the best weight for me was my fighting weight.

At the Top of My Lungs: Ready for Take Off (Chemo Begins)

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

I don't care if my hair grows back in 50 shades of gray. I might throw a cap on if my head gets cold, but no precarious headgear for me. Life is too short to worry about your hair blowing away in the wind.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 3 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Get your motor running... Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a little more than an hour's drive from my home in Vermont. During that hour a lot ca...

Crazy Cancery Me -- Chemo Crush(ed)

H. Alan Scott | Posted 08.27.2013 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

He's not into me, or at least not yet. I'm totally into him, at least for now. "I'm damaged. But u are amazing," he texts. Saying "I'm damaged," to somebody with cancer is like saying, "Nobody sees me," to a blind person.

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.

Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

After my fourth round of chemotherapy, I went into what I now refer to as "The Funk Zone." What helped me the most was my ability to put on my nurse's cap (being a nurse was definitely a Silver Lining during my treatment) and assign myself some healthy coping mechanisms.

Love Doesn't Get Cancer

Judy Silk | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Silk

That phrase broke through the heavy curtain of my grief. Don't go to the funeral today. It even let a little sunshine in. He was right. Unlike a sudden death, we have more time to live together. We have each day.