Mind

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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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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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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April 10, 2017

6 Symptoms of Cancer-related Depression in Patients, Caregivers and Survivors

Depression may be hard to spot. In fact, it may look a lot like the sadness, fear and anxiety you’d expect to accompany a cancer diagnosis. If you keep canceling on that friend who wants to meet for dinner, though, or you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, […]

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April 10, 2017

3 Ways to Revive Your Spirit: 5 Quotes to Inspire You

What does it really mean to revive?  Simply put, it means “to make something operative or valid again.” So what is it about your spirit that has been inoperative or lost its validity? Here’s a quick test: Do you find yourself brooding over everyday life irritations? Do you have trouble remembering the last time you […]

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February 13, 2017

Overcoming Survivor Guilt

It isn’t widely associated with cancer and yet it affects many: survivor guilt, that sense of self-blame, responsibility and sadness that often affects those who survived a trauma when others did not. Common to those who lived through accidents, natural disasters and wars, survivor guilt typically involves conflicting feelings—happiness to be alive, and grief and […]

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February 13, 2017

Don’t Forget Date Night

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma residents Cathie and Michael Nicholson have a Friday-night tradition: “We’ve been married for 11 years, and one thing we’ve been committed to from day one is having a weekly date night,” Cathie says. Taking time from their busy schedules to check in, laugh, and connect each week has remained a beloved ritual […]

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January 26, 2017

Hope on the Horizon: Helping Combat Chemo Brain

Tawana Coleman first noticed it when she couldn’t recall the words to Psalm 23 in church—a Psalm she’d known all her life. John Melotte first noticed it when his wife had to repeatedly remind him about things. His daughter asked, “What is wrong with Dad?” What they noticed was “chemo brain”—a non-medical term for the […]

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