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Surviving Cancer

Thriving Through Cancer

Kathy Daniels | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Daniels

It is important to understand this is an ongoing process but one that is definitely doable. It's also important to understand there will be some situations in life you will have no control over. The only thing you can control is your reaction to them.

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."

To Matthew

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Dearest Matthew, Do you remember how it snowed on the night that we met? Your eyes met mine, and in that moment, it felt as if I had found you aga...

To My Son

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Your mama was diagnosed with cancer one week before your second birthday. It was Stage IV lymphoma, and my PET scan lit up like a Christmas tree.

This Cancer-Surviving Teen Is One In Seven Billion

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact

Sometimes, a terminal medical diagnosis allows for a few extraordinary opportunities -- like meeting celebrities, driving in fast cars and planning fo...

Strangers Related by Shared Bone Marrow Dance Wedding's First Dance

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

As they waltzed around, locked in an embrace, looking at each other lovingly, they seemed to be sharing a bond that few of the rest of us could ever know or understand. Related by shared bone marrow and white blood cells, they danced the wedding's first special dance together.

For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, A Hilarious and Harrowing New Book By A Survivor

Roz Warren | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Roz Warren

Besides being a reporter, Wadler, who pens the "I Was Misinformed" column for the New York Times, is one of the best humorists around. Wise-cracking is both how she communicates and how she copes.

Surviving Cancer Won't Be My Biggest Accomplishment

Elise Frame | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elise Frame

As I reflect on the one-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis, I don't really know how to feel or how to make sense of it. I survived it. I remember it every day, and will always live with the aftermath of it. Still, I must keep moving forward.

There Will Be 18 Million Cancer Survivors In 10 Years

Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living

The number of people who have survived cancer will grow to 18 million in 10 years, according to projections published in the journal Cancer Epidemiolo...

On Surviving a Brain Cancer Death Sentence

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Davis Schneiderman

My father is now a long-term survivor who has completely defied the conventional wisdom about his disease. He has survived for seven years: seven years living with a disease whose five-year survival rate for the most favorable patient class is a dismal 14 percent.

The Joys of Voluntary Crutching, aka 'Quadstepping'

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Just like for rock-climbing, I have the build for "quadstepping," my term for walking with crutches. I can even tweak the verb for related activities, like "tristepping" if I go non-weight-bearing; "quadsquashing" if I pole-crush bugs; or "quadfleeing" if I leave the scene of a crime.

Cancer, Redefined: 'Survivor'

Rick Boulay, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Boulay, M.D.

Of tantamount importance in the cancer lexicon is some acceptable name of a group of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. Far too frequently this nomenclature has been applied to, rather than derived of, this amazing group of folks.

Beating the Cancer Blues

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Sometimes, cancer would stroll next to me, repeatedly kicking me, punching me, making me fall.I fell down a lot. Sometimes it was more like tripping over my feet. Sometimes I didn't know how to get up. Everyone I know who has gone through cancer has felt this.

Coming Clean About Cancer

Linsey Maughan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

I am writing from the final throes of age 29, a narrowing corridor of weeks until I embark upon my 30s. But for some of us, 'survival' of this particular decade is jarringly literal. I am a cancer survivor.

The Things I Wish I Were Told When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Jeff Tomczek | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeff Tomczek

You will be different. You will never have the same sense of self. You should embrace this. Your old self was probably really great. Your transformed self will be even better. Give into what is happening and trust it.

Survivorship for Dummies

Darryle Pollack | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

More people are getting cancer and more are surviving it. The costs of survivorship -- financial, physical, psychological, social, emotional -- affect not only survivors and their families, but our country and our communities.

Cancer's No Match For A Joyful Girl

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Jenny doesn't seem terrified of this thing that is so far beyond us, this thing that none of us can now see. This same cancer took her mother, and she knows what lies ahead.

Celebrating National Cancer Survivor's Day

Elena Sonnino | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Elena Sonnino

Being a survivor makes you take stock. Being a survivor gives you new insights. Being a survivor means living each day in appreciation, knowing that others did not have the same chance.

How Madonna Helped Me Accept My Cancer

Salon | Posted 04.05.2012 | Women

When I was 13, my parents drove us 45 minutes from our home on a rural wooded peninsula to a suburban-mall movie theater to see "Desperately Seeking S...

OK, Take a Moment... Breathe...

Valerie Sobel | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

"When you're fighting something that makes you question everything, and makes you feel lost as anything else, all it takes is just knowing that even if you feel alone, there are others in the world who want to be lost and alone with you."

All Pains Aren't Physical

Valerie Sobel | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

Continuing our series featuring the submissions of winners of the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation's annual Andre Sobel Award, this week we share the Second Place winner's essay, "All Pains Aren't Physical."

Two Best Friends Share the Journey of Battling Cancer Together

Valerie Sobel | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

Katie and Miranda collaborated on their pieces together and came up with a unique way to document their fears, struggles, humor and what they needed from each other throughout Katie's struggle with cancer.

Seeing '50/50' Through The Eyes Of Psalm 23

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Eventually, the shadow of death will make itself known to us all and the chances for surviving life are not 50/50 but 0/0. In the meantime, may we value those who walk in the valley with us.

2 Legs, 2 Feet, 2 Worlds, 2 Selves, 1 Life

Jenna Benn | Posted 10.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Jenna Benn

As I work to find my footing, work to find my balance, work to integrate my two feet, my two legs, my two worlds, my two selves, I am still fighting cancer.

Time: Love Every Moment Of It

Andrea Paine | Posted 08.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrea Paine

Too much of our effort goes into wishing what was, or what is to be. We don't take the opportunity to live in the moment, whether it is good or bad.