Cancer Journey

April 3, 2018

Dealing With a Second Cancer Diagnosis

Fighting cancer once is difficult enough, but for patients faced with a second primary diagnosis, life can become even more complicated. That’s why the news of a second diagnosis hit Michael Hill, a 41-year-old Springfield, Missouri native, hard in 2017. A Shock to The System Michael had testicular cancer in 2013, but caught it early, […]

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March 13, 2018

From the Cubicle to CEO of Courage and a Cure

Four years ago, Jodie Murphy, age 54, reached what she thought was peak of her career. After 23 years of climbing the corporate ladder, the San Diego native living in Goodyear, Arizona landed the demanding role of Senior Manager of Global Investigations at Gap Inc. “It was a pretty stressful job,” Jodie Murphy explains. “I […]

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March 13, 2018

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority for Cancer Patients

Most people experience poor sleep from time to time. Maybe you went to bed too late, were too excited or stressed to fall asleep, took medication that kept you alert or had an alcoholic beverage before bed that interfered with your ability to fall asleep. There are many reasons that you might have a bad […]

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March 13, 2018

Hesitant to Join a Cancer Support Group? Here’s Why Camaraderie Heals

A cancer diagnosis is often seen as only a physical affliction, but cancer patients know the battle is also emotional. The whirlwind of emotions experienced following a cancer diagnosis — from anxiety and depression to fear, guilt, frustration and helplessness — can make you feel like giving up. Isolation and loneliness are real issues too, […]

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February 12, 2018

Fighting Fatigue with Determination

From time to time, everyone has experienced exhaustion: as a child, after a slumber party; as a teenager, after intense sports practices; in college, from studying all night for an exam; and throughout the first year of being a new parent, when you are rarely granted uninterrupted sleep. For cancer patients, exhaustion can be relentless, […]

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February 12, 2018

Treating Together: Challenges and Benefits of Experiencing Cancer as a Couple

When Deb and Mark Pattullo of Lewiston, Michigan, got married in 1985, they had big plans—to travel, raise a family and share in the joys and challenges of building a life together. They never counted on sharing another journey—the battle against two cancers, hitting both of them at the same time. Despite the difficulties, the […]

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January 10, 2018

Setting Effective Goals During Cancer Treatment

Next October, 57-year-old Gloria Gayle plans to run the Chicago Marathon. Completing a marathon is a feat in itself, but what makes Gloria’s goal even more impressive is that just two years ago, she underwent surgery for lung cancer. Hector Nunez (64) continues to pursue a passion for singing, despite surgery and treatment for tongue […]

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January 10, 2018

New Approach Shows Faster Recovery After Surgery

Many runners swear by a practice called carb-loading, or bulking up on carbohydrate-rich food before a long race, as a way to fortify their bodies, prevent them from breaking down in the middle of the run and guard against injuries that will haunt them afterward. Much like those advance preparations, evolving pre-surgery programs are helping […]

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January 10, 2018

A Caregiver and Oncologist Shares Her Story in a Moving Video

Patricia Rich, MD, always wanted to be a doctor. As a mother of four, she decided to pursue her dream at age 34. She became a hematologist oncologist, treating people with blood cancers. Years later, she diagnosed her son with leukemia and was by his side during his bone marrow transplants and other treatments. A […]

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December 10, 2017

Healing from the Inside Out

Before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, Derek Mann says he didn’t really pay much attention to what he ate. After rapidly losing nearly 50 pounds due to a blocked bile duct that hindered digestion, however, as Mann began undergoing treatment, nutrition became a focal point. In addition to chemotherapy, Mann’s treatment included robotic […]

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