The New Normal

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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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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November 13, 2017

Never Smoked? You Can Still Get Lung Cancer

“People need to know it’s not just a smoker that gets diagnosed with lung cancer,” says stage IV lung cancer survivor Stacy Foltz. And what she says holds truth: many people associate lung cancer with smoking, but it’s possible to develop lung cancer even if you’ve never smoked. In fact, rates of lung cancer among […]

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November 12, 2017

7 Tips for Healthier Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving marks the start of the busiest travel season of the year. While reconnecting with family can be one of the greatest joys of the season, traveling to do so can bring stress and anxiety, especially for cancer patients who may have weakened immune systems. Planning ahead and taking extra steps can ease stress and […]

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September 8, 2017

What Treatment Can Mean for Couples

When Chet Dodd was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, his biggest concern, according to his wife Robin, before undergoing treatment, was whether or not he’d be able to continue working as a mechanic. “He was thinking, I’ve got another 15 years before I can retire,” Robin says. “He was picking up transmissions and tires […]

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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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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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April 10, 2017

From Patient to Caregiver

Shortly after Chelsea “Chuck” Glenn was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in April 2001, the doctor who performed a second set of tests said his only choices were to try to find a clinical trial or get his affairs in order. The couple seemed to be out of options—until Ann saw a commercial for […]

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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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