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New Year! New Normal?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After I was diagnosed, I can't remember who first suggested that I find my new normal or the first time I saw it written in quotes -- "new normal" -- but it wasn't long before I developed what is presumably an abnormal distaste for the idea. Since then, I've thought often on why it bothers me.

Five Things I've Learned From a Pioneering Cancer Geneticist

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Your passion itself might take immense effort, but doing it will energize you. Especially for people just starting out, Janet said, "You're going to need patience."

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 14 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Christmas With Cancer)

James Stack | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Over the river, and through the woods..." (Lydia Maria Child) You'd think I'd be depressed going through chemotherapy in December. Odd though it may...

American Cancer Society: Providing Homes for the Holiday... and Beyond

Lisa Masters | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

According to the American Cancer Society 1 out of 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That's a lot of people. As a child, I kn...

Throw A 'Healing Shower' For Your Loved One With Cancer

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

When Eloise Laws was diagnosed with breast cancer, her friends and family took a novel approach to move along her recovery -- they threw her a "healin...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 13 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 5)

James Stack | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Road to nowhere..." (David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison) Every month I've worried about potential potholes, the most critical...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 12 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (The Infusion Room)

James Stack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"I ... find my strength in the beat of your heart." (Haley Westenra) I like to think of myself as someone whose heart goes out to those less fortunat...

No One Deserves Lung Cancer

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

I am confident that if the medical community, research community, business community, elected officials, patients, advocates, and family members all come together -- we could dedicate the necessary resources to combat this deadly disease.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 11 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 4)

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Long may you run." (Neil Young) The weather had turned bitter on the first day of cycle 4. With a low in the teens, and it only being early November...

12 Life Lessons From A Cancer Diagnosis

Annie Buckley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

Cancer isn't the life adventure I would have chosen from a list of possibilities -- who would? -- but it is the one I got this time. And as it turns out, cancer had a lot to teach me.

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.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 10 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Fly me to the moon..." (Bart Howard) Previously I had reported that I had tried to get a prescription -- approval -- for medical marijuana. My oncol...

Becoming Raw Changed My Life

Carol Alt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Alt

In my teens, I ate wheat, gluten, sugar; basically the normal SAD (Standard American Diet). My dietary staples were breads, muffins, baked goods, hamburgers, Chinese food, spaghetti, pizza. If it was junk food -- I ate it.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

She Has A Very Good Reason For Hating The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living

A Michigan woman struggling with ovarian cancer took an attention-grabbing approach to voicing her displeasure with the government shutdown. On Tuesda...

Cancer Sucks. Buy a Helmet.

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

About three weeks ago, I had the unique honor to help an amazing group of adults and kids alike in their quest to put a smile on the face of a young girl they loved dearly.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 8 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like responses to chemo, everyone's experiences are different. Of course, these are my experiences; but I believe they contain universal truths.

Between Breaking Bad and Doing Good...

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Kiem

Misha listened politely as I itemized the tasks for fall. Then he leaned in over the restaurant's loud music and asked, "Do you think, when you get back to New York, you could help someone raise several thousand dollars to get a stem-cell transplant?"

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Leah Yomtovian Roush | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Leah Yomtovian Roush

I never in a millions years thought I would thank my mom's cancer, but I am grateful for the perspective it's enabled me to gain. My life will never be the same because I'll be happier appreciating the blessings in my life -- like my mom.

Would You Reconnect With a Terminally Ill Ex?

Anne Vitiello | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Anne Vitiello

Life unfolds, regardless. Years accumulate, whether we grow or heal, or not. And the things that we can't make peace with, we just learn to live with. Or put way up high and in the back on the "forget or deny" shelf.

Inspiration

Kris Evans | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Kris Evans

I'm angry, I'm grateful, I'm sad and I'm crying because I am so happy I have survived. But more than any of that, I'm inspired by how hard people fight and how much they are loved and how many dedicate their lives in trying to win the battle.

5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

Anna Leahy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

If you're sick, wear what you like. Wear whatever you want to wear, whatever makes you happy or comfortable. Wear something old that brings back memories. Rules don't matter.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 7 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.14.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When on cycle two, day two, I told my nurse she was joining my angels here on earth, she told me that one of her previous patients had claimed coming into the infusion room was like going to hell -- now I have a Hell's Angel by my side.

At the Top of My Lungs: Spring Forward

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

On the first day of spring, Harlan and I finally took the little white holiday lights down from the bushes in front of our house. They looked magical when we put them up at Christmas. After we got the cancer diagnosis in January, I couldn't bear to take them down.