Inspiration

December 10, 2013

5 Great Gift Ideas for Patients and Families

Keisha Echols gets a tear in her eye when she thinks back to the period of time when her husband was in the hospital for colorectal cancer surgery. After a long day at the hospital, she remembers driving back home with her young children in tow—all three of them tired, worn out and hungry. Their […]

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November 15, 2013

Why Not Laugh?

Having faced high-grade osteosarcoma, chemotherapy and multiple limb-saving surgeries, I have seen the profound imprint—both good and bad—that cancer leaves on every person touched by it. Knowing the struggle, I have something to say to each of us affected. And, in speaking with fellow survivors and oncology professionals coast to coast, I often hear the […]

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November 15, 2013

At Sundown, Spirits Rise

If you’ve ever spent the night in a hospital, or have accompanied a loved one who is staying through the night, you know that there is a distinct shift in the energy of the place when the sun goes down. The noise and shuffle of the day subsides—visitors head home and take the business of […]

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November 15, 2013

When You Need a Friend Most

No one makes friends more effortlessly than a sociable dog. And this particular type of friendship is joyful and genuine: full of love, fun and easy companionship. It’s just what you’re looking for when you’re sad, scared or lonely—likely familiar feelings if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. So why not bring these special friends to […]

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November 15, 2013

7 Strategies for Coping with the Emotions of Cancer

It’s normal for many cancer survivors to feel anxious about their diagnosis, treatment and the potential for recurrence. These strategies can help patients cope with feelings of anxiety around cancer. Be aware that you don’t have control over some aspects of your cancer. Accepting this thought is one way to ease your emotions. Express your […]

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August 20, 2013

Advocacy Profile: Sisters Network, Inc.

For African American women diagnosed with breast cancer, the journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery can present a unique set of challenges. From the outset, this community is presented with discouraging statistics:According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “African American women who get breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease […]

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August 20, 2013

8 Tips to Support Someone who is Grieving

After the loss of a loved one, grief can ebb and flow. People may feel that they have overcome the worst of their grief and then be surprised when they are overwhelmed again through a trigger like a holiday or other event, or even by something as simple as a particular fragrance or everyday occurrence. If […]

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August 20, 2013

Call it Like it Is: Young Adults Face Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is easy to make it your identity. But don’t let it define you. Keep your interests in perspective even if you can’t fully partake of them during treatment. Though you may not be able to do all the things you normally do (and will do again) while […]

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August 20, 2013

Coping with Grief

A cancer diagnosis takes the patient, caregiver and friends and family members into unfamiliar territory. For many, the journey will end with remission; in some cases, patients will live for many years with cancer as a chronic condition, managing the disease with an increasing array of treatment options; and, for some, the journey will ultimately […]

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August 20, 2013

Real-Life Tips for Managing Stress

Patients who are experiencing stress can benefit from a variety of tools and strategies. Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) Facebook friends offered up their real-life coping strategies for stress that can accompany a cancer diagnosis: I try to be outdoors and be with nature. Fortunately, I live next to a big body of water […]

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