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I Didn't Know How To Live With My Father's Illness

Linda Varlese | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Varlese

Not a day goes by that I don't look for him in other people's faces. Not a day goes by that I don't grasp to hold the memories together. Not a day goes by that I don't try to hear his voice again so that I won't lose it. Not a day goes by that I don't try to question him for the answers to my doubts.

The Process, Part 8: I Get a License to Nosh

Stan Collender | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

My desire to eat has been so strongly tempered by losing my sense of taste that I have no desire to use the license I've just been granted. The food I otherwise would have looked at longingly as a guilty pleasure is simply no longer appetizing or appealing in any way.

The Process, Part 7

Stan Collender | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 13, and week three is now over: I'm 38 percent (37.8 percent if you want to be precise) through The Process. At this point I'm still feeli...

The Process, Part 6

Stan Collender | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 3, 2013, the Tuesday of my second week of treatments, and I'm having a hard time not thinking that every hangnail isn't the result of my now...

When Seeking a Diagnosis, 'Zebra Roulette' Is No Game

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Today's media messages about diagnosing cancer pose a dilemma: Get tested to detect cancer early, but beware of false positives and make sure you're n...

The Process, Part 5

Stan Collender | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I vowed to The Beautiful and Talented Wife when we were married that I would be there for her through sickness and health, and after seven very healthy years the sickness part was now presenting itself.

The Process, Part 4

Stan Collender | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I have doctors. Lots of them. I should really say "health care professionals," because not everyone whose is helping me deal with this is an M.D. All of them, however, are what I've decided to call "Team Stan."

The Process, Part 3

Stan Collender | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Nov. 18, 2013 This all started in August 2012, when I wanted my dermatologist to remove a red spot on my face I thought was marring my appearance. T...

The Process, Part 2

Stan Collender | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

One of my most basic philosophies is that my health is my doctor's concern but my responsibility. I want all the expert advice I can get, but what I ultimately decide to do is my call.

12 Things To Remember When Explaining Cancer To Kids

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Nancy Stordahl

When a parent with young children receives a cancer diagnosis, there may be a lot of uncertainty as to how much to tell the kids, and, if they're really young, if they should be told at all. Of course, this is a very personal decision. There is no right answer.

You Think That's Bad? I Lost a Testicle!

Dan Duffy | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Look, I understand that commiserating can be healthy. I'm not even saying that comparing battle scars is a bad thing. All you have to do is watch Jaws to realize that. But once you utter those four words, you have utterly failed in being a decent human being.

Cancer and the Mindset of Healing

Ann Fry | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Fry

I remember that the morning after my own diagnosis: I sat up in bed, I put my feet on the ground, I started to cry... but only for about 60 seconds. Then I said to myself (out loud), "This disease is not going to kill me." I believed it then, and I believe it now. That was over four years ago.

I Got Cancer. I Asked WTF? I Gathered a Tribe to Make a Movie

Allison W. Gryphon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison W. Gryphon

Once that diagnosis hit, I moved. I moved in the only way I knew how. I wrote. I studied. I made a movie. I took cancer on and I kicked its ass. I wanted to be as aware as I could be. That was my way.

What Kris Carr Has Learned From A Decade With Cancer

OWN | Posted 11.11.2013 | OWN

In 2003, Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable Stage 4 cancer, beginning a fight she would later document in the moving documentary "Crazy...

The Health Scare That Started His Spiritual Journey

OWN | Posted 11.08.2013 | OWN

Nearly 26 years ago, poet Mark Nepo discovered a lump on the back of his head, which would later be diagnosed as cancer. In the above clip from an upc...

Cancer Is Relative

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Let me introduce you to the idiot that was me 11 years ago. I actually said, "Man, that's nothing compared to what I have coming to me." I still cringe when I think of those words today, because when you are going through cancer, the last thing that will ever help you is comparing your situation to others.

How Cancer Saved My Life

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

So while I curse cancer with every fiber of my being, this is the one and only time that I will ever say, "Thank you, cancer. Thank you for motivating me to get off my couch to kick your rectum sideways. 'Preciate you."

Cancer Sucks. Buy a Helmet.

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

About three weeks ago, I had the unique honor to help an amazing group of adults and kids alike in their quest to put a smile on the face of a young girl they loved dearly.

How to Explain Evil to Your Children

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

I have always tried to tell my children about bad things...when they ask about them. For instance, they both know that I had cancer and beat it, and they know that Deb had cancer... and didn't.

I Got Diagnosed With Cancer, And My Husband Didn't Care

Posted 09.25.2013 | Divorce

How do you know when enough is enough? Beth Gainer's marriage was flawed from the get-go; her husband became a totally different person after sayin...

'Four Weeks Ago Life Was Normal'

Donna Highfill | Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Four weeks ago life was normal. My husband visited the doctor for his annual physical and went through the motions of carrying liquids in a cup down the hallway and having blood drawn while carrying on that awkward conversation that occurs when trying to ignore needles piercing your skin.

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.

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.

Running With Scars

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

During the one year from diagnosis to surgery, I read almost every cancer survivor book I could get my hands on. My go-to of yoga was nixed. And if this physical therapist, who was helping me to stand up straight without crying, said I should start running, maybe he was on to something.

Being Angry at God for Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Being mad at the disease made all the sense in the world to me. Being mad at God... didn't. Because in my own mind, God does nothing on a whim.