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Stage 4 Cancer

My Choice to Live: Part V

Jay Michael | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Jay Michael

Three months into my intense chemo, it was time for my PET scan to see how the cancer reacted to all the brutal treatments. Obviously, I was nervous as hell awaiting the results. The following morning, I met with my oncologist who had the computer facing me with what looked like MRI results.

Classified Ad Exchange Reminds Us That Strangers Can Kind Of Be The Best

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.10.2015 | Good News

One woman who was trying to help her mom was met with a show of compassion from a total stranger. Cara Duggan of Belfast, Northern Ireland, tried to ...

My Choice to Live: Part IV

Jay Michael | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jay Michael

When you spend time fighting cancer, you really begin to realize what's important to you. The little things in life become a lot less relevant, while the major parts of your life become almost equally irrelevant unless they play a part in your survival plan.

My Choice to Live: Part III

Jay Michael | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Jay Michael

Jay Michael continues his story about living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Read his previous posts in "My Choice to Live: Part I" and "My Choice to...

My Race to Live, Our Race to Stay Together

Sarah Amento | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Sarah Amento

Recently, I received that dreaded phone call that all Stage 4 cancer patients fear: "Your scans are back, your disease is progressing, and your chemo is no longer effective."

A Christmas Miracle

Sarah Amento | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Sarah Amento

The understanding that they can lose me is very real. Belief is the only thing they have. If they only dealt with "reality," or what they see, imagine how defeating this would be.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We're the Metsters

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that's it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Brownies or Bust

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If you're not a doctor, please don't offer me medical advice. If you don't have cancer, don't tell me how I should be living my life. And actually, as a general rule, if you're not ME, don't tell me how I should be living MY life.

Depression and Cancer: A Dangerous Cocktail

Debbie Fink | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Fink

My surgery was deemed a success, and I was cancer-free. I should have been elated. Except I wasn't. The end of my surgery marked the beginning of my marriage shattering depression. Instead of focusing on the second chance at life that I was granted, I felt more like a ticking time bomb.

When Being the Best Mom Means Not Being a Mom

Debbie Fink | Posted 02.22.2014 | Women
Debbie Fink

There needs to be more support for women like me: relatively young, childless not by choice and facing cancer or some other life-impacting disease; women like me who ache every time they see a stroller or hear the delicious laugh of an infant.

In Awe of Me

Debbie Fink | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Debbie Fink

I didn't like being the benchmark for which "strong" was based. Rather, I just wanted to be "Debbie": normal, cancer-free and worrying about which pre-natal vitamins to take, not what chemo won't make me vomit, mortality and, worst, not being able to have kids of my own.

How We Deal

Nicole Yablun | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Nicole Yablun

I have found it very interesting to witness how different people react to having cancer. Some folks sail away on my favorite ship -- "Denial" -- while others become vegan eating, yoga touting enthusiasts.

In Sickness and in Health: What Is It Like for a Mother to Read Her Daughter's Blogs About Stage IV Cancer?

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

Mom and I have reacted very differently to the news of my stage IV cancer. I was online within days writing posts about the steps I was taking. As my readers know, I'm very open about this part of my life. My mother, on the other hand, is much more private.

Finding the 'Bright Side Effects' of Stage 4 Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

If I could fight something like cancer -- and stage 4 cancer at that -- as a young adult truly just beginning to experience the blessings of my life with joy, I know you can also find the "bright side" of your obstacles and challenges.

Eye to Eye: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

The nature of the doctor-patient relationship changes over the course of illness. Perhaps nowhere is that truer than in oncology.

'Amazing Race': Devastating News From Home

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 10.29.2012 | TV

This week's two physically grueling challenges proved how much "The Amazing Race" pushes these contestants' bodies to the limits. It also pushes the e...

Overtreatment in Cancer: Common Sense Medicine

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

ASCO's admonition to avoid ineffective treatment is unlikely to constrain the use of chemotherapy in advanced cancer significantly, because although it's good advice, it's difficult to put into practice.

Dying Dad Inspired By Sons With Autism, Leg Amputations (How You Can Help)

Posted 03.02.2012 | Impact

Mike Buentello is about to start chemotherapy for his third battle with cancer. The 36-year-old father doesn't like to talk about his stage four d...

Cancer, a New View: Talk About Change

Leigh Fortson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Leigh Fortson

If you subscribe -- even remotely -- to the power of the marriage between our minds and bodies, then you, too, might cringe at the notion that a condition is incurable.

The Realities Of Living With Stage 4 Cancer

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Stage 4 cancer is a condition in which cancer has spread (metastasized) from its original location to other organs in the body.

Mother Desperate For Visa To Stay In U.S. And Care For Niamh, Daughter With Cancer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As seven-year-old Niamh battles stage 4 cancer in an Atlanta hospital bed, her mother may soon be sent back home to Barbados, unable to care for her l...

Dying Woman's Electricity Stays On After CNN Viewers Contact Power Company

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CNN viewers concerned about the welfare of a stage 4 cancer patient in Texas have paid her bill and prevented her power from being shut off. Mabel R...