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Cancer Survivor

Why Cuck Fancer?

Ben Teller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Teller

It's simple. In no way shape or form when you hear the words "you have cancer," do you ever feel a sense of joy, relief, or excitement. IT SUCKS. You immediately think about the worse case scenario and you don't remember a word your doctor says from then on.

Doctor and Wife Open Home to Cancer Patients

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Masters

I don't think "Thank you!" can truly express the gratitude that many of us often wish to express to those who are not in the business of treating cancer patients who give their hearts, time and love to those of us that have connected with the disease.

Looking Back at the Last Few Years Post-Cancer Treatment

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

It has been almost three years now since I was diagnosed with cancer. It has been almost two years since I finished medical treatment for everything involved with cancer. I still don't know exactly what to think about a lot of things after all this.

Candid Advice for the Colorectal Cancer Survivor

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, or somewhere in between, find a way to share what's happened to you. Your strength will inspire. And you'll find healing when you see that your story helps others.

5 Things You Should Never Say to People With Cancer

Sarah Hale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hale

I can't say that before my experience I would have had the right words for someone with cancer. But, having been the guinea pig about 18 months ago, let me share some wisdom of what NOT to say.

What the Pink Ribbon Means to Me

Lara Huffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

With Pinktober full steam ahead, I want to come right out and say this: Pink Stinks. I am sick and tired of the pink ribbon, Pinktober and massive amounts of pink-washing products that line the shelves year after year.

Organic Life Post-Treatment

Kate Sievers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Sievers

I've learned many things post-cancer. Some things I've been doing right, but there are some of the things I've been doing have been wrong this whole time.

How to Reach Out to a Cancer Patient

Emily Krauser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Krauser

Though it can be frustrating to repeat yourself to friends and family, the most extreme negative reactions are generally saved for the people who have suddenly come out of the woodwork.

The Moment That Changed My Life Forever

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

She sits across from me, only a coffee table with Tarot cards between us. As she speaks, I sit motionless, afraid to interrupt her thoughts, answering only in the briefest of terms so as not to be leading in any way. Society has conditioned us to be skeptical of anything other than cold, hard fact. But I have a burning need to know what happened to me on that fateful day.

Looking Ahead to the Future -- and the Next Scan

Woody Roseland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Woody Roseland

I'm not sure if my next scans will be clear, or if after my next scans I'll have to return to my all too familiar cancer routine. But for now, I'm here. Which is a lot more than many people I've met along the way can say.

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.

American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Takes it to Congress

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

There is a growing need for palliative care programs, which may be attributed to the increasing number of people living with chronic illness in the United States and the need for education and training of healthcare providers is rapidly growing as well.

Why We Decided On Parenthood After Cancer

Lea Grover | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

Every young person with cancer has been through this. Recovery isn't black-and-white. Recovery is forever. Every year that you live, the likelihood that the cancer is coming back is diminished, but not gone. Never gone. So, when you're 25 and in love, newly married, should you have kids?

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Insurance Companies, and Other Things That Suck

Seporah Raizer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Insurance companies suck. Anyone disagree? No? Good, let's continue. They want you to die, don't they? Okay, maybe that seems a little harsh, but that's what it feels like to me every time I hear the word "denied." I'm sure by the end of this post, if you put yourself in my shoes, you'll feel the same way.

An Artist Before Radiation... and After

Marci Rich | Posted 10.14.2013 | Fifty
Marci Rich

Ohio artist Leslie Miller was working on a collage -- part of a planned series of mixed-media bird paintings -- when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in December of 2003. It is one of the last painted works she was able to complete before losing function on the right side of her body.

An Open Letter to My Future Adopted Child: How I Survived Cancer at 24

Shanay Thompson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Shanay Thompson

After my surgery, I panicked. I felt less of a woman. It resonated that I will never have the ability to conceive a child. I shut everyone out. I am only 24 years old, I kept telling myself. I am now a medical student. By the time you read this, Lord willing, I will be a practicing physician.

Chemo Style: A Cancer Patient's Tips for Building a Great Hat Collection

Shelley Nolden | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

As any chemo veteran knows, it ain't easy being bald. Some patients can pull off a wig with panache. Others, to my great admiration, go boldly bald. I took the hat approach -- and gave it my all.

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.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: What to Expect When You're Expecting the Unexpected

Seporah Raizer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If cancer isn't something to blame, then it certainly isn't something to recognize as the reason for you being the person you are today. That's all you.

Living in the Chemo Ward

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

I spent the better part of half a year in the chemo ward. It is one of the biggest things that drives me to continue to help people who are there, and keep people from having to go there.

Cancer-Surviving Commitment-Phobe

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 09.23.2013 | Good News
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

My sense of control was taken the night my parents came up to my workplace and let me know my test results showed I had cancer. Standing in the middle of a library where I'd worked my first job, suddenly my world didn't feel so teenage anymore.

Living in the 'I Don't Know'

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Life is wretched and life is glorious. It is designed that way, I think, to keep us humble. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers probably doesn't know the questions. "I don't know" is a good place to be. It isn't always fun or easy, but it is real.

Cancer Survival: Not So Black and White

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

Maybe a cancer diagnosis isn't as black and white as live or die. With the sudden threat of an expiration date, it's natural to at some point wonder, what could I be doing better? How do I make the most of my short time

To My Donor, on Transplant Day

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

With your stem cells, I can imagine life as an ordinary thirty-something. Back at work. Earning a salary. And writing about something other than life with cancer. With your stem cells, I can imagine a second chance at my first year of marriage and the dreamy possibility of my 50th.

Here's Your Cancer Medal

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

Here's a newsflash: they don't give you a medal for going through childbirth without any drugs and they don't give you a medal when you finish chemo or any type of cancer treatment. There are no medals for "being brave." What does that mean anyway?