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Tory Zellick
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Tory Zellick, CMT blogs about careviging for The Huffington Post and has been a featured expert in top media outlets including CNN, ABC, and NBC. When she was 18, Zellick was like every other high school graduate - until the day her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly, with no prior experience or training, Zellick found herself responsible for managing all aspects of her mother’s care. Not only did Zellick start keeping track of everything related to her mother’s medical, legal, and insurance matters, but she went so far as to study massage – empowering her to lower her mother’s pain levels. Now a decade later and three years after her mother’s passing, Zellick has published The Medical Day Planner: The Guide to Help Navigate the Medical Maze (Victory Belt Publishing, June 2012). Available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon, the book is a step-by-step, ailment-neutral guide on how to tackle each aspect of caring for oneself or a loved one who is ill.

Entries by Tory Zellick

The Way of the Cancer Warrior

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:29 PM

There is no question that cancer sucks. When diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, our society is often quick to refer to battle terminology; we go to war. Some accept and appreciate the analogy; others despise it. But if we are going to go to war with cancer, why...

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Waking the Warrior Goddess

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 5:14 PM

How was your time spent this October? Apropos to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, part of mine was spent sitting in a breast surgeon's office, awaiting the results of a 3-D ultrasound of my breast tissue.

After speaking with Christine Horner, M.D. on the topic of breast cancer prevention a...

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Design Your Own Healing Path

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 6:36 AM

Four weeks after my mom passed away, my dad, brother and I purchased one-way tickets to Bangkok, Thailand, via Maui, Hawaii, with the intention of relaxing, reflecting, working through our pain as a team, and returning home with a renewed sense of excitement about life.

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Early Detection Options for Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:31 PM

With news feeds blowing up about the story of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, breast cancer is once again in the headlines. In my life, however, it is always in the forefront. My mother was just 44 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and 50 when...

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Burned Out on Caregiving? Take Some Vitamin N!

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 4:48 PM

While many of us are busy ramping up our doses of vitamins B and D, says Anasuya Basil -- a holistic nutrition coach and practitioner of craniosacral therapy and acupressure -- we are overlooking what is perhaps the most important "vitamin" of all for unplugging and recharging our...

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3 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mothers in Cancer Treatment

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Do not allow the dark veil of a cancer diagnosis or the negative side effects of cancer treatment put a damper on your Mother's Day celebrations! If your Mother is coping with the "Big C" and undergoing treatment, the beautiful bouquet of flowers...

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Rosanna Arquette Guides Me on Coping With Grief of Mother's Day

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 1:50 PM

For those who have lost a loved one, holidays can trigger grief. Mother's Day is particularly difficult for me, because I no longer have my mother here to physically spend the day with. I still have my brother and father around, and my dad does the best he...

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Power Through Parkinson's

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 12:17 PM

When former NBA star basketball player Brian Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson's, he worked hard to hide the disease from public view. "I was too scared to go on interviews for anchor jobs or jobs where I could maybe be a commentator or radio host," he recalls.

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Inspiration Around Every Corner: Have A 'Can Do' Attitude

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:24 PM

As a young child, even into my early adult years, I was plagued by the idea that I must do everything right and play life by The Book: stay within social boundaries, get perfect grades, go to college, graduate in four years, find a man, get married, start a career...

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Family Caregivers Are Central to the Clinical Trial Experience

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 11:19 AM

According to leaders at pharmaceutical corporations, university research facilities, caregiving organizations and clinical trial associations, caregivers are an under-valued asset to the clinical trial experience. That's why John Schall, CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association, has this advice to caregivers: "Insinuate yourself into the process. Make it...

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Got MS? Focus on What You Can Do, Not on What You Can't

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:29 PM

A week after returning from a snowboarding trip, Emmy-award-winning talk show host and New York Times bestselling author Montel Williams recalls how, 15 years ago, a doctor not only diagnosed Williams with multiple sclerosis (MS) but also advised Williams that he would be confined to a...

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New Medicine Is a Comprehensive Road Map to Integrative Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:23 PM

I was raised on a small parcel of land, off of a dirt road, surrounded by almond orchards and livestock. Childhood was a blast for me, with oodles of outdoor activities. Along with said activities, of course, came injury and illness: I broke bones from miscellaneous endeavors, stepped...

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Pediatric Clinical Trials Model Optimization of the Caregiver Role

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:38 PM

I recently wrote a series of articles exploring the clinical trial experience from numerous angles. Among other objectives, I was eager to discover how clinical trials could better utilize the caregiver and, as such, optimize the experience for everyone involved. I was unsure about what I was going...

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Life Is Short, Buy The Damn Piano

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 8:08 AM

I am typically a carpe-diem kind of gal, with an obsessive need for adventure and adrenaline rushes. When an opportunity presents itself, I grab it. It should come as no surprise that after my mother passed away, I said no-thank-you to months of sobbing in bed with gallons of Ben...

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Caregiving Resources to the Rescue!

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 7:06 PM

You are a caregiver because you care. So minimize the crazy run-around for -- and maximize the quality time with -- your loved one. These caregiving resources can help. Click on the header of each section to be taken directly to the website of the featured organization.

AARP...

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Quantity Vs. Quality Of Life

(5) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 5:34 AM

I am no stranger to the quantity-versus-quality of life debate. When my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, my family quickly learned to play the game of weighing options and picking treatments, according to a risk/benefit analysis. We always took into account whether a given...

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Where Were You the Rest of the Year? My Unorthodox Ode to Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 12:37 PM

With Valentine's Day around the corner, florists are blowing up the airwaves, hawking red roses and chocolate assortments. I have always been jaded about the big V, so lord help my string of boyfriends. Yes, I like flowers (lilies, preferably) and chocolate (dark, 80% please) but Valentine's Day just plain...

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Integrative Medicine: Get the Best of Both Worlds for Your Loved One

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 2:30 PM

We live at an exciting crossroads in the world of health care. Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and traditional chinese medicine are as accessible as modern medical treatments like pharmaceuticals and surgery. One excels at systemic issues, the other excels at acute issues. While the choice is something to celebrate,...

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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Dealing With Grief and Guilt After a Loved One Passes

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 2:08 PM

On Jan. 23, 2009, I watched my mother take her final breath. After six-and-a-half years of suffering, my mother no longer was in pain, and her body no longer was betraying her. That moment was one of the most peaceful in my life. Only the period that followed was full...

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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Considering a Clinical Trial

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 10:37 AM

I recently posted an article, "Top 10 Facts You Need to Know about Clinical Trials." Now, let's explore the top questions you need to ask clinical trial leaders -- including the principle investigator and the medical team -- so as to effectively evaluate and support your loved one...

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