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Cancer Survivor

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Cancer

Suzanne Foglio | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Foglio

It's been a long journey, but cancer has proven to be a patient teacher that will 'gift' you with a wealth of lessons if your mind, heart, and soul are open enough to receive them. Here are the lessons I particularly learned in its classroom.

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

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, 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.

Project Athena Provides Hope Through Breathtaking Adventures

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

Thanksgiving Reflections: He Saved My Life After the Cancer

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Each year for my favorite holiday I reflect on those things for which I am most thankful. On my list I have always included my thanks for those th...

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Once I finished chemo, I shared my experience with every patient I met and urged them to do the same. After talking to other patients I know that not everyone wants a party. I know that not every patient needs 500 people standing by their side to get them through. Not every patient is Kayla.

From Survivor to Metastatic Survivor

Lisa Masters | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I forgot what chemotherapy does to the body other than killing cancer cells.The memories, along with the side effects, have returned. The changes to my digestive system and my thinning hair have spoken loudly that "the cancer's back."

Why I Am Your Hero (Today Only)

Michael Levin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Sports
Michael Levin

Yesterday I ran the New York City Marathon as an Achilles International guide runner for an individual who had survived cancer of the large intestine. He flew from Paris to run New York as a demonstration of his triumph over a typically fatal form of cancer.

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

Being There

Ree Varcoe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Choose to be brave and purposeful with your time and your love. Put yourself in another's situation and think of things that might ease their burden. As my father used to say, "What each one of us needs is what each one of us needs to give."

I Am Not My Nipples

Kayla Redig | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Who knew that nipples were such a huge part of being human -- I wasn't aware that my femininity relied on two little pink bumps.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Why I Don't Support 'Breast Cancer Awareness'

Anita Moorjani | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita Moorjani

They asked me to support their efforts to launch a campaign in the fight against breast cancer, and when I politely declined, they were surprised. They had assumed that as a cancer survivor myself, I would be fervently supportive of their efforts to fight the war against cancer.

I Don't Look Sick in Big Earrings

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Cancer takes away a lot, but it doesn't take away everything. The day I was diagnosed, I didn't become my cancer. I simply gained a new mission in life to fight cancer. My identity didn't change because of my diagnosis.

I Survived Breast Cancer Myself, But Now I'm Afraid I Passed the Gene to My Kids

Betsy Hnath | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

Now when I see the traits we have in common I secretly apologize, sure that the more features we share, the more likely we share the BRCA2 also. "I'm so sorry," I whisper, tears welling, gazing at my daughter who looks most like me. "I didn't mean it."

Warrior Status

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Nina Polvanich Louie

"Nothing compares to what you've been through"is the favorite line. These days, my friends rarely share their physical pain with me. And when they do, it is always downplayed as if their pain is not real.. Every time this happens, it reminds me of my new identity: Patient. Cancer survivor.

A Special Bond

Lisa Walters, RN | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa Walters, RN

I got to see him be a regular kid and run around and grow up. I felt like I could tell my next patients, "I know you can do it," because I saw Joel come through it.

Life Just Got A Whole Lot Better For Vet, Cancer Survivor Who Got Home Makeover

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.17.2014 | Good News

This army veteran and cancer survivor's life is going to get easier because of a team of Home Depot employees. Veteran Debbie Coleman of Gilbert, ...

At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

Making a difference in a stranger’s life takes determination--and a certain amount of Grace. Grace Callwood is a 9-year-old cancer survivor who i...

How I Rallied After a Cancer Diagnosis and Created Something Meaningful

Patti Rogers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Patti Rogers

I am 100 percent sure that if I hadn't gone through my journey of cancer, and I hadn't had whitespace in my life that gave way to the inspiration of community and kindness, none of it would have happened.

Tired? Check Your Neck for Thyroid Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

One of the major symptoms of thyroid cancer is being exhausted and depressed and if you are experiencing a tightness in your throat, a change in your voice or swallowing/breathing ability, you need to see your doctor.

This Doctor Is Determined To See Girl Who Survived Multiple Brain Tumors Walk Down The Aisle

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Good News

Doctors treat countless patients throughout their careers, but it's those with incredible strength against all odds that remind them why they chose th...

44 Favors You Can Do For Someone With Cancer

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

When a person first gets a cancer diagnosis, they're often so overwhelmed they have no idea how to ask for help or what to ask for -- but they sure need it. Make your friend's life easier by anticipating her needs and giving tangible, much-needed support. Here is a list of the top favors people did for me that made my day (and made my life much easier!) after my cancer diagnosis.

I Don't Want To Be A Cancer Survivor Any More

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

It's not like that any more. I didn't hate the friends I met at the party last weekend for not knowing. After all, it's been almost four years since my diagnosis.

11 Tips For Dealing With A Cancer Diagnosis

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

I'm the fifth generation of my family to get cancer, but only the second person to survive it. It's a journey through which I've learned about what to do, and what not to do, when dealing with disease. The following list is what I email to everyone who contacts me when they, or someone they love, has cancer.