Inspiration

August 11, 2017

Debating Divorce During Cancer

Like many other difficult life events—such as a job loss or a financial setback—a cancer diagnosis can potentially affect a couple’s relationship. Some may find that previous grievances, like the socks their spouse frequently left on the floor, now seem completely irrelevant. Often, however, the changes aren’t quite that positive, according to Lynn Bornfriend, MD, […]

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August 11, 2017

What I Wish I Knew: Live in the Moment

Dan Cuccherini always considered himself a typical guy’s guy. “I was a pretty athletic, outdoors kind of a guy,” he says. The Virginia native had a busy life with a lot on his plate—he and his wife have nine children. In 2013, his stressful job as a safety director was taking its toll on him. […]

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July 7, 2017

The Psychiatrist: The Doctor You Didn’t Expect to Need on Your Cancer Journey

As a cancer patient, you may see many doctors and clinicians from a variety of medical disciplines during your treatment journey. A medical oncologist often leads the care team and helps determine a course of treatment. You may see surgeons or receive treatment from a radiation oncologist. Nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others may […]

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July 7, 2017

Combating Weight Gain After Treatment

After you complete cancer treatment, you may be surprised to find that the numbers are creeping up on the scale. It happens perhaps more than you think. All too often after treatment, cancer patients slip back into unhealthy habits, especially when it comes to eating. “When patients are diagnosed, they’re suddenly hyper-aware of what they’re […]

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June 12, 2017

A Father’s Cancer Journey

Melvin Hartman’s 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis—the result of additional tests his doctor recommended after his yearly physical—came as a complete surprise to the retired Jackson, Michigan police detective. “I was dumbfounded,” says Hartman, who was working at the time as a cold case investigator for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “No males in my family […]

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June 11, 2017

Can Playing Video Games Help Cancer Patients?

Playing a video game requires mental agility and focus. You have to target bad guys, learn new skills to advance and remember how to use your controller to jump over that bomb in the road or to avoid the assassin hiding in the corner. The action playing out on screen isn’t real life, but the […]

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May 31, 2017

The Connection Between Creative Expression & Healing

Creative pursuits have been a part of Diana L. Harrison’s life for decades, so it’s no wonder that many proved to be a therapeutic outlet after she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the tongue. In addition to working as a graphic artist for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Harrison, of Platte City, Missouri, […]

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May 15, 2017

Immunotherapy: Helping the Body Heal Itself

Steve Hook is not afraid of hard work. The 41-year-old concrete mason from Ashville, New York was consistently putting in 100 hours a week to run his company, alongside his responsibilities to his family—wife, Amy, and stepsons Quincy and Nathan—when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the fall of 2011. Little did he know, […]

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May 15, 2017

Surprising Spots Where Skin Cancer Could Be Hiding

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 1 in 5 Americans developing the disease at some point in their lifetime. The major risk factor is excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun — especially if it led to burns severe enough to blister (and even more so if […]

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April 10, 2017

Intimacy and Cancer: Staying Connected During Treatment

Viola and Nathan Jones of Olathe, Kansas, have been married for 34 years. So it’s not surprising that when Viola returned home from a mammogram in February 2014, Nathan knew immediately that something wasn’t right. “She came in and looked at me, and I just knew something was wrong,” he says. When he asked what […]

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