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Postcards From Lebanon: Part 4 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Head on down the highway... The first day of chemo arrived, and I approached it with anxiety, which I suppressed through humor at every opportunity. ...

How a Car Accident and Cancer Taught Me Different Things About Mortality

Dan Duffy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

On October 21, 1996, I came literally two inches from dying. I was a 24-year-old male who had just lived through something that should have killed me ten different ways. I knew my reason for being there: I was invincible. I was brash, arrogant, and selfish.

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...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 2 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

The results from this study may never benefit me directly, as FDA approvals take forever, but I participated because someone, someday, may be helped due to this small choice I've made.

Unspoken: Cancer's Dehumanizing Late Effect

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

They say that sharing one's vulnerabilities begets a sense of closeness in others. For some like A., my illness alone was enough for her to share her biggest fears. For G., hearing my dual cancer tale led to his need to reciprocate with his secret.

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...

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.

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.

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.

When 'Unremarkable' Is a Good Thing

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I am usually perfectly capable of holding a conversation via my Bluetooth connection while driving my car. Almost three years ago, I received a phone call from a close relative that caused me to pull over to the side of the road to give the call my absolute attention.

826 Valencia's Student-Journalists Report on the Science of Freezing Light, Treating Cancer

826 Valencia | Posted 09.17.2013 | San Francisco
826 Valencia

Have you ever thought of freezing light? Normally, light travels 186,282 miles per second, and it seems impossible to catch. In 1999 Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau, a professor of physics at Harvard University, found out how to slow it down.

Buying Pot For My 11-Year-Old

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

At a retreat for parents of children with brain tumor and neuroblastoma, a group of us discuss alternative treatments. One parent mentions vitamins, another brings up curcumin. I mention our foray into the pot club.

Chemo Brain

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

If you're going through it, know that you're not alone and if it's causing you distress in your everyday life then talk to your doctor about it. Your brain cells have taken an ass kicking, along with every other cell that was affected by chemo and now you and they just need some TLC.

Cancer Is Not All I Have

Karin Diamond | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

Sometimes I want to leave it all, unable to handle the weight of my fate staring me in the face. But then good days come, and I forget about the cancer, the chemo, the infertility, so blinded by the gratitude that I get to be here, to do this, to enjoy this world and the people in it.

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.

Researchers Shocked by Mushroom Study Results

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, dogs with hemangiosarcoma -- an aggressive, malignant cancer that develops in the cells of blood vessels -- were given a compound derived from a type of mushroom, Coriolus versicolor.

Ask the Mutant: Girl Fight -- Who Is the Brave One?

Eva Moon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Emotional battle lines were recently drawn when Melissa Etheridge, who has had breast cancer, said that Angelina Jolie, who has not had cancer, did not make "the brave choice" when having preventive surgery because of her BRCA1 status.

Italian Actress Has Baby After Defying Cancer and Having Double-Mastectomy

Juliet Linley | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Juliet Linley

Fluent in both Italian and English, she's as comfortable in a Hollywood production as she is on stage in a Roman theater or behind a microphone in a dubbing studio.

Early Detection Options for Breast Cancer

Tory Zellick | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

Conventional medicine advises that we start getting annual mammograms at age 40. And yet, as I have come to understand, mammograms have a difficult time detecting cancer in small, dense, young breast tissue.

Memory Problems After Cancer? Computer Games May Help

Idelle Davidson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

If you've been through cancer treatment and you are struggling with memory or concentration issues, you may be hoping for that doorway back to your pre-cancer self. One area researchers are investigating to whisk you there is cognitive (re)training with specially-designed software.

WATCH: Superheroes Help Children In Brazil Kick Cancer's Butt

Posted 06.03.2013 | Good News

Superheroes are helping children in Brazil kick cancer's butt. A children's cancer center in Sao Paulo has joined forces with Batman, Superman, Wo...

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.

Keep Your Cures Off My Cancer

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Since my diagnosis a year and a half ago, I've received countless recommendations for purported cures and treatments for cancer. Most have been respectful and well-intentioned recommendations from friends and family members. Others, maybe not so much.

Playing Reverse Dodge Ball After a Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

We have two choices about how we handle painful life experiences: from a place of fear or optimism. When I was sick I chose (and it was a very active, decisive choice) optimism in the form of Silver Linings.

Surviving Is Not the End, but Just the Beginning

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

What does it mean to be a survivor? And I'm not talking about outsmarting a bunch of other people on an island in the South Pacific. I'm talking surviving something that you're not supposed to. In my case, it was cancer.