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Cancer Survivor

44 Favors You Can Do For Someone With Cancer

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.

This Beauty Subscription Box 'Fuels The Fight' Against Cancer

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 08.01.2014 | Style

Kimberly Fink was just 32 years old when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2011. While the disease took physical, mental and emotional toll...

Can We Change the Course of Cancer By Treating Our Patients With Love?

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Kumar, M.D.

Medicine is at a crossroads, a gateway, where it needs to transform into a system that offers more love, and hope, and where exploration and education are honored as core values.

15-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Heads To Prom In The Most Badass Ride

The Huffington Post | Hadley Walsh | Posted 07.15.2014 | Teen

Though 15-year-old Kieran Maxwell has battled cancer, on his prom night, that fact faded into the background as he pulled up to his prom looking aweso...

This Photograph: A Poem, Explained

Elise Frame | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

When I take camera lens focus off myself and direct it at the people in my life, I realize that my life is about so much more than just me. My cancer treatment has been a team effort, and I believe life works the same way, too.

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 07.10.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

The Fault in Our Stars -- No Serious Faults, Say Cancer Caregivers

Joseph Cooper | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

For thousands, maybe tens of thousands (more?), The Fault in Our Stars is "organic matter" -- a love story and a story about loving that delivers emotional "nutrients." But I wondered if the story registered as genuine and relatable for teenagers who are actually afflicted with cancer.

Love, Hair Loss, and MTV: The Anti-Love Story Every Cancer Survivor Needs

Lindsay Goldstein | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Goldstein

t's rare that reality TV can produce some of the strongest role models for a young woman. But their story, even without a fairy-tale ending, is just what people like me needed to see.

Brennan Williams

Charlie Wilson Dishes Details On New Music With Pharrell & Kanye

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment

For decades, singer-songwriter Charlie Wilson has managed to overcome various personal and professional triumphs while maintaining relevance with his ...

Mother Jumps From Nagging to Bragging About Marijuana

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

I was force-fed through an IV at a cost of a grand per day to my health insurance carrier. After two three-week stays in the cancer ward, I was released, only to start losing weight again. Fortunately, a member of my oncology team knew exactly what to do about my drastic weight loss. I was urged to get my hands on the real deal -- marijuana.

Stepping Away From Cancer

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

When I walked out of the photo shoot this year, knowing that the life-changing experiences would soon take place amongst the new models and staff, it was hard to actually get in my car and leave. Stepping away is never easy.

Be Careful What You Wish for, Michael Alan -- You Do Not Wish Your Kids Had Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Having a child with autism was a significant concern of mine prior to the birth of my first child Alexis back in January 2006. But then, on April 10, 2008 cancer knocked on our door and without an invitation took up residence in our then 27-mont-old daughter Alexis. Mr. Alan, do you still wish your kids had cancer?

This Woman Survived Cancer And Her Husband Walking Out, All At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce

It's an unimaginable situation to consider, let alone experience: You're diagnosed with cancer and shortly thereafter, your spouse asks for a divorce....

Fight Like A Girl: A Celebration of Life, the Journey to Becoming a Supernova

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 07.21.2014 | Good News
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Many of us would be afraid to share what we had been through, but as you can see Brandy's list was courageous, ambitious, open and a very encouraging read on Christmas Eve.

"Take Off Your Hair" at a Cancer Retreat This Summer

Joy Huber | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Joy Huber

With Memorial Day just around the bend, the kick-off to summer is here! If you or someone you know is facing cancer, or even has been through cancer treatment in the past, there are gatherings and retreats for you to also make plans to attend.

The Girl in the Mirror

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

I decided it was my turn to take control. Matt and I waited outside for the salon to open. At 9 a.m., I put one foot in front of the other and walked in, chin up. In my bravest voice, I said, "I'd like to get my head shaved. I have cancer."

How Aging Turns Out To Be The Best Thing For You

Polly Campbell | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Polly Campbell

My body has always felt old. So getting older didn't bother me a bit. Until I got cancer. Then, I worried that it might not happen. That I might not get any older.

'Black Women, We Die Of This Disease When We Don't Have To'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Black Voices

The threat of breast cancer is an indiscriminate one. Women --and some men -- of all colors shapes and sizes face the deadly disease everyday. But...

Beyond 'Survival'

Marie McGrory | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie McGrory

As I talk to my fellow survivors I truly can't believe I spent so many years disconnected from this group of my peers with such an incredible shared experience. Through opening up about our stories I am learning so much about this long journey of survivorship we are all on.

My Unexpected Teacher

Carol Bysiek | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Bysiek

With my anniversary approaching, I sat down with my journal and read my words from a time when everything seemed darkest. I was in the middle of worst part of my treatment.

Diagnosed at 16: What Having Childhood Cancer Taught Me

Julia Hernandez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Julia Hernandez

Four years later, I still remember the feeling that took over my family and me on Valentine's Day 2010. And every year my friends know that I might need some extra chocolate or a bigger hug to get through the day.

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I'm out of the darkest part of the woods, sure. But society is making it particularly difficult to forget what happened to me. It's moving on beyond me and trying hard to lose me in its wake. I, like other young adult survivors, feel lost, alone, and confused.

Everything Doesn't Happen for a Reason

Melissa Miller | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miller

I no longer believe in karma. I've seen too much. I don't like the expression "everything happens for a reason." Try telling that to someone who has lost a child or a spouse or a friend.