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Looking Back on OMG 2014: Parent Caregivers Getting It Right... or Wrong

Pat Taylor | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

When parents open the door to honest communication with a young adult child, doing so does not wipe out the potential for conflict. It just provides the space and dialogue to grow, forgive and love! So, yes, parents don't always "get it." And sometimes we mess up. But we never quit trying!

A Few Things I Would Have Done Differently When I Had Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

There are many times during my little skirmish with cancer that I gave in to the physical beating. Friends would call and ask me to do things, and while my heart wanted to say yes, my brain would say "No. I'm too sick."

In Treating Some Cancer Patients, Less May Be More

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living

By Deena Beasley CHICAGO, May 30 (Reuters) - Doctors can scale back treatment for certain cancer patients, based on evidence that some...

Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

This is a joint blog post by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hep...

"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.

National Women's Health Week: Breast Cancer Treatment -- Mastectomy Is Not the Only Answer

Catheryn Yashar, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Women need to empower themselves, take control of the situation and understand there are many different treatment options. I encourage women to talk to breast cancer survivors, research online and push their physicians. I want women to own the treatment decision.

5 Things Cancer Taught Me About Being A Doctor

Dr. Nikhil Joshi | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nikhil Joshi

When someone you love is sick, it's like you're sick. My family suffered through my illness perhaps worse than I did. Now that I know this -- I realize that I have a responsibility primarily to my patient but also to their family. Because in the end, everyone suffers together.

'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...

I Don't Want To Be A Mom Today

Betsy Hnath | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

On the days where my spirits and energy are at their lowest, I don't even want to be what I was born to be, a mom. Like today.

10 Resources You Need When Mom Is Facing Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Joy Huber

Mother's Day is coming -- that one day we take to recognize and really appreciate "Mom" for everything she does for us. The reality is that this year...

If You Know Someone With Cancer You Should Know About This

Bridget Fonger | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

I am surrounded by friends who are battling cancer. Two are waging fairly epic battles with Stage IV colon cancer. Recently I was supposed to be o...

The End Of The Process: Should I Tell Anyone I Have Cancer?

Stan Collender | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

This is the end of The Process. The first set of scans since I completed my radiation treatment in January came back clean: There is no sign of Merk...

Badge of Honor: Learning to Wear Bald Proudly

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

Bald should be celebrated, not hidden away in embarrassment. If you are bald from the effects of your courageous fight through cancer, embrace it! It is your badge of honor. You are beautiful!

The Process, Part 14: It's Over!

Stan Collender | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Friday, Jan. 17, and today is the biggest day yet of The Process: It's the last day of the last week of my radiation treatments. Actually, the w...

Mom 'Hops' Into Easter Bunny Costume to Bring Laughter to Daughter Facing Stage Four Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 06.11.2014 | Good News
Joy Huber

There's no greater love than what a parent feels for their child. When that involves a young adult being diagnosed with cancer -- stage four -- in her 30s, mom will do anything it takes to bring a smile to their face, even if it means embarrassing herself!

The Process, Part 13: Life Gets Better

Stan Collender | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Today is day 31. When I leave the hospital today I'll be almost 84 percent done and only have six more treatments left.

The Process, Part 12: Let the Cone-Down Begin!

Stan Collender | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Jan. 6, 2014, and the past seven days have been the most momentous week yet of The Process. First, I've now completed 28 of the 37 (75.7 percent...

Redefining Hope: The Love Story of Peter and Debs

Pat Taylor | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

Peter is only 28 years old. He and his best friend, partner, and wife Debs are so young to be facing this persistent "cancer creeper" that haunts every waking hour of their daily lives.

The Process, Part 11: My Life as a MasterCard Commercial

Stan Collender | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

The bottom line: The out-of-pocket cost to the insurance company will be more than $65,000, and that doesn't include any of the follow-up visits to other members of Team Stan. That's the financial impact on the insurance company. What about me? Let's start with The Process-caused savings.

The Process, Part 10: When Losing Weight Definitely Is Not A Good Thing

Stan Collender | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Unfortunately, my experience successfully losing weight to deal with diabetes is making not losing it now to deal with cancer much more difficult.

I Wrote My Will at 26

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

My family had given me so much, and I didn't want to leave them without giving them something in return. But the only thing of real value I could give away were the emotions I felt for the people who would read my letter after I was gone. I would leave them with a message of undying love.

The Process, Part 9: Eating Just Isn't Any Fun

Stan Collender | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Christmas Eve and it's very difficult for me to eat. I don't mean that it's hard to ingest food. Thankfully, I'm still having no problem swallow...

I'm Playing Cancer Before It Plays Me

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've been preparing myself for battle since I was a 5th grader fighting it out on the basketball court. I've been slowly building my armor from the day I was born. And although I might still be young in your eyes, I can guarantee you a war in which I will be victorious.

Graduation Day: Dying From Cancer to Clean Scans in Six-Month Intervals

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

As a young adult cancer survivor, I will never stop worrying about dying before I've lived long enough to leave my mark, to positively affect the world, and do whatever other things my mother would no doubt disapprove of.

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.