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Cancer Diagnosis

To Cancer, On Valentine's Day

Sarah Klein | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Klein

You might wonder why I've decided to write, rather than just curse you in silence. Writing to you certainly won't make my Valentine better. But there's a small chance it might resonate with someone noticing a change in his own body and convince him to bring his concerns to his doctor.

Generation Why Not Me?

Ben Teller | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Teller

When I was first diagnosed with cancer at age 18, the only thought that ran through my mind was how unfair this whole situation was. But I soon realized that it wasn't helpful to think this way.

Everything's Harder With Cancer

Naomi Sichler | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Naomi Sichler

Most days, my two-and-a-half-year-old cancer diagnosis moves smoothly, easily back and forth between the back of my mind and the front. But on some days, cancer remains stubbornly in the forefront.

Fighting Disease With Words

Karin Diamond | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

One hospital stay left me confined to the walls of a very small room, no one allowed to enter without wearing a mask, gloves and a gown. But what quarantine couldn't take away was the connections I could make with my writing.

The Cancer Roller Coaster

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Cancer can take your strength, or your leg, or your breast, or your hope. It can also take your soul if you let it. Do whatever you have to do to keep that from happening. Get up... again, and again, and again.

The Hardest Conversation

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

The conversation with my daughter was the hardest one I've had. The topics were gut-wrenching. But shining the light on them, on this disease, on what happens next, is the only way I know to cope, to help, to keep going.

A Shocking Number Of Americans Are Getting The Wrong Cancer Treatment

Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty

The way cancer treatments are determined could change for the better, with doctors focusing on mapping the entire genome of a patient's specific cance...

Telling Your Children About Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

A golden rule that we learned in kindergarten is still a golden rule: Honesty is the best policy. Both of my boys, ages 6 and 4, know that I had cancer, and they know that I have to get checked every year to make sure that it doesn't come back.

The Pursuit of Happiness: You Are Not Your Cancer

Woody Roseland | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Woody Roseland

Cancer patients tend to bond with the pain they've gone through. They identify with their greatest pain because it's also their greatest victory. But you are not the car you drive, you are not how much money you have in the bank, you are not your khakis, and you are not your cancer.

Living the New Normal After Cancer

Sanyu Janardan | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Sanyu Janardan

After months of chemo and radiation, I walked out of my last day of chemo and radiation and was so excited, thinking it was all finally over. Physically, I was feeling better each day. But mentally, I was fighting a whole new battle. It was harder for me to relate to kids my own age.

Life on Planet Cancer

Beth Pointer | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

I am an alien -- any young adult who has gone through cancer is. But being at First Descents was the first time in the last year that I felt like maybe I wasn't alone on my planet.

Illness and Relationships: Diving In

Kelly Bergin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

There's no manual for dating with chronic illness -- there's no easy way to integrate your sick universe with the healthy without causing friction. You will feel the friction. You will be angry. But bravery is forging ahead anyway.

The Tricky Business of Diagnosing Young Adult Cancer

Jacqueline Burton | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Burton

We're supposed to be in the prime of our lives; we're not supposed to get sick. But my cancer was misdiagnosed for over a year, and all the while my disease progressed inside of me. Doctors must be more aware that young people can, and do, get cancer.


Sarah Albertson-Corkery | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Sarah Albertson-Corkery

I asked Lucy why she was telling people that I had back surgery. She said, "Well, it's easier than telling them about the front." We'll, I'll give you that, Lucy. I love that she makes me laugh.

'I Have Cancer, and I Am Well'

Joyce Ashley | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Joyce Ashley

It's not easy for patients (or their loved ones) to cope with a diagnosis of cancer. But if that first reaction is tempered with the knowledge that you don't have to beat cancer in order to have a full life, then it becomes bad news that's somehow easier to take.

Do Great

Nicole Haran | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Nicole Haran

Once when I was leaving a restaurant after a nice lunch with friends, I turned back to see one of my pals crying into her hands as others consoled her. Someone once told me that having cancer is like being at your own funeral. At that moment, that is exactly how I felt.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Do Current Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Neglect Race?

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Prostate cancer hits black men especially hard. One out of every 5 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 5 out of 100 will die of the disease.

Celluloid Chemotherapy: Top 12 Cancer Films

H. Alan Scott | Posted 12.17.2012 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

After dealing with cancer for a few months now, I'm realizing that Hollywood may have -- are you ready for this? -- sensationalized what it's like to have cancer. Also, Julia Roberts is potentially deadly.

Songs of Hope VIII: Helping Those With Cancer at City of Hope

Brian Lambert | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Brian Lambert

Winning this kind of battle gives you great perspective on how you spend your time. I have gained an unusual confidence to prioritize my time and enjoy life (and spend as little time as possible focusing on the negative).

Do's And Don'ts When Your Friend Is Diagnosed

Posted 10.13.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 By Susan Keats A friend called recently. Se had just learned that another friend of hers was diagnosed with pancreati...

Breast Cancer Awareness: Lessons of Love

Maytal Schmidt | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women
Maytal Schmidt

I still remember the day I found out.

How Do I Tell My Son That I Have Cancer?

Michael Solomon | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Michael Solomon

I'm often stunned at the way people talk to children. I'm all in favor of honesty, but I recognize that children receive and process messages differently from adults.

Obama, Social Security and the People vs. If You're Old and Poor, It's Your Own Fault

Janet Mason | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Janet Mason

I have taught creative writing through the years to children, teenagers and adults of all ages, but have always recognized that my older students are the ones with the best stories to tell.

Party of One: Testicular Cancer

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.29.2012 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

In a matter of three short weeks I went from your average comedian tweeting about Mitt Romney and Fresca to your average comedian tweeting about having cancer.

Thyroid Cancer? Sign Me Up

Michelle Baker | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Michelle Baker

Never in my life did I think I would ever hear the word "cancer" in reference to me. After all, I have devoted my life to fitness, healthy living and nutrition. Turns out, you can't always outsmart genetics. They actually have something to do with it.