The New Normal


December 9, 2016

Tips for Out-Living Cancer from a Busy Mom

Katrisa Johnson has a lot on her plate. During the work week, this 41-year-old mom of five daughters and teacher often travels to visit students she mentors as a coordinator for a college and career readiness program in her home state of South Carolina. After her work day is done, she and her husband, Charles, […]

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November 14, 2016

Facing Lung Cancer and Quitting Smoking Together

Valparaiso, Indiana residents Misty and John Bergner were married on the Fourth of July, 2015, celebrating their marriage amidst the fireworks and fanfare of the national holiday. Two short months later, the couple was forced to put their vows to the test when Misty, then 35, was diagnosed with lung cancer. “It was in sickness […]

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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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September 14, 2016

Rock Climbing for Fighters

When Karla Baptiste donned the nick name “Stiletto” and joined a team for a climbing expedition in Rocky Mountain National Park she expected a challenge. And she’s okay with that. Like all members of this team, Baptiste has already conquered the challenge of cancer. “It was harder than I expected, but very inspiring to get […]

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August 4, 2016

Chronic Cancer

When she was diagnosed with stage IIIB breast cancer in 2006, 29-year-old Pam Cromwell was told she had just six months to live. More than 10 years later, she’s getting ready to celebrate her 40th birthday. “Receiving a death sentence was a super smack in the face. I felt like my doctor had given up […]

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July 11, 2016

Overcoming Chemobrain

Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in February 2014, Karen Reynolds triumphed through eight rounds of chemotherapy, lumpectomy surgery and six weeks rounds of daily radiation. Her treatment was completed in November 2014, but even as she regained her physical strength, her mind was slower to recover. Reynolds didn’t notice it herself at first. It […]

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December 2, 2015

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Shares Secrets for Overcoming Fear

Fourteen years ago, Roxanne Waling walked around in a blur trying to do her Christmas shopping. The excitement of checking off gifts on her Christmas list had been replaced by a feeling of numbness. That December 2001, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 49 and was engulfed by the fear […]

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