Spirit

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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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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April 10, 2017

Styling with Cancer: How to Tie a Headscarf

Chemotherapy patients often talk about the emotional impact that comes with losing their hair during treatment. But many don’t anticipate the physical effects—like trying to stay warm when your head is bare. Treatments, infections and cancer itself often play a role in disrupting your body temperature. Add in chemotherapy-induced hair loss, known medically as alopecia, […]

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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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March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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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 11, 2017

7 Apps to Make Healthier Habits Stick

Every year, January 1st seems like the perfect date to make a promise to be healthier. But as the weeks go by keeping that promise may become tougher than you thought without a little help (or some such). With an abundance of technology aimed at helping you move more, eat better and de-stress, you can […]

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December 12, 2016

Give Yourself the Gift of Better Health by Forgiving

The holiday season brings out many different feelings in us. The best of these is joy: think of the aroma of baking cookies, the warmth of the fireplace and the sight of twinkling lights framing the homes in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, during a season when we think we should always feel joyful, many of us […]

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October 7, 2016

What Does ‘New Normal’ Really Mean?

Catherine Whitley has had a busy week. The 46-year-old mother of three from Old Bridge, New Jersey, has been managing the same happy back-to-school chaos that most moms face in early September (she has two school-age kids at home and one at college), and she’s glad to have Friday in her sights. But today and […]

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September 14, 2016

The Power of Being Informed

Randy Knight hadn’t missed a day of work in 29 years when what he thought would be a short-lived bout with kidney stones became much more serious: a CT scan revealed a suspicious image in his right lung, and further testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Given his dedication to his career, it’s […]

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