Spirit

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

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

10 Tips for Keeping Relationships Strong Through the Cancer Journey

Living with cancer is one of the hardest things a person may face in his or her lifetime. Not only do cancer patients have to battle the disease and the side effects from treatment, cancer can also test relationships. Michael Uhl, MA, MDiv, LMFT, Mind-Body Therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Zion, […]

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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

Why You Need to Be Kinder to Yourself and How to Do It

The party’s over, the guests have gone home, and the decorations are back in storage. The new year has arrived, and for many of us, 2018 offers a new chance to make good on that perennial list of resolutions that fell by the wayside last year. If you’re resolving to lose weight, exercise more, save […]

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January 10, 2018

What to Know Before Visiting the Salon

A visit to the salon can brighten anyone’s day, but for cancer patients, salon services can do far more. From boosting self-esteem to empowering patients with a more positive outlook, a trip to the salon offers benefits that are more than skin deep. In fact, in a survey of U.S. women, 97 percent of those […]

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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

Discussing Cancer Treatment Over the Holidays

Gatherings with family or friends during the holidays may offer an opportunity to reconnect while taking a break from the frenzied pace of life. For people with cancer, these gatherings may bring on mixed emotions: joy in spending time with loved ones and anxiety surrounding difficult conversations about treatment. If you are facing cancer, talking […]

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October 9, 2017

5 Tips to Improve Self-Image

Cancer treatments can do a number on more than the disease. Many times, they also take a toll on patients physically and emotionally, causing pain, hair loss, lethargy, anxiety and other side effects that impact patients’ quality of life. Chemotherapy, for example, targets cells that grow quickly, including healthy cells in the skin, hair and nails. […]

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