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Archive for January 2013

Beating Two Cancers in Two Years

by bnmcnabb.

Cam32505 fought a brave battle with two different types of cancers in two years and came out on the winning side. Uterine and thyroid cancer did not get the best of this WhatNexter. Read on to learn about parts of her journey from before diagnosis to being declared "cured."

Uterine PeachThyroid For Me

Before Cancer Diagnosis

During a very busy work day, February 2010, I noticed something didn’t feel right. I discovered that I was experiencing some bleeding (post-menopausal). My mind jumped to a fibroid tumor, although...

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10 Things Cancer Patients Love to Hear

by bnmcnabb.

Things Cancer Patients Love To Hear

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

"Once someone said to me, 'I'll ride the waves with you till the storm calms,' and that meant a lot to me because I knew they would be with me no matter...

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15 Ways to Battle Metallic Taste from Chemo

by bnmcnabb.

Ways To Battle Metallic Taste From Chemo

When going through chemo, many WhatNexters notice a bad metallic taste in their mouth. Changes in taste, which is a common side effect of chemotherapy, can result in aversions to certain foods and loss of appetite. Different solutions to fight that nasty metal taste may work for different people, but here are some common ways that seem to work for WhatNexters while going through chemo.

1. Spicy Foods

Spicy Foods For Metallic Taste

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Try eating foods that are more on the spicy side. The enhanced spices...

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20 Things We Want Strangers to Know About Having Cancer

by bnmcnabb.

Things We Want To Strangers To Know About Cancer

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

How many times have you been out and about or in line at the store and someone has been staring? Visible signs of cancer can sometimes betray us; side...

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Fighting Metastatic Prostate Cancer-Keep it Positive, and Smile!

by GregP_WN.

Just by way of introduction, I’m Mike and I have metastatic Prostate cancer. My original diagnosis and surgery for prostate cancer was in 2005. It came back in August 2011. Metastatic prostate cancer is treated as a chronic disease, there’s no cure or remission for this diagnosis. Each treatment is designed to slow or “manage” the cancer.

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As I reflect on my journey, I feel that what has happened and what I have done are not nearly as interesting as the observations I’ve made along the way:

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Feelings of Survivor's Guilt and 15 Ways to Cope

by bnmcnabb.

No More Guilt

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many WhatNexters have posted questions about survivor's guilt and wondered if others have struggled with the same feelings after treatment. Survivor's guilt...

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14 Funny Things that Happened While Fighting Cancer

by bnmcnabb.

Most of you have anecdotes about the funny things that happened during cancer treatment all the way from jokes you played on doctors to bodily function mishaps. We have compiled a list of WhatNexters' stories below in hopes that they will draw a few laughs, as many of you have learned that having a good sense of humor can help you get through your journey with cancer.

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1. I laughed when my daughter made my Wii avatar a girl with no hair.

Hair Loss From Chemo

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"During treatment...

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How Can You Be Grateful After Having Cancer 4 Times? Read On And See.....

by GregP_WN.

On January 24th, 2012, I heard the words “Mr. Baker, do you mind if we place an IV in so we can give you some contrast dye?” My experiences with two previous cancers taught me that there is only one reason for contrast dye after performing a “naked” scan. The imaging technician saw something fuzzy on the scan that he wanted to get a clearer picture of. At that very moment, I knew two things: I had a brain tumor and God had just answered my prayer to help me find my way.

Scott8 And Family

Not for one second...

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Does Having Cancer Mean You Have Courage?

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext.

Debbie Woodbury, breast cancer survivor and one of our guest bloggers, has provided us with another powerful post. It is an excerpt from her second book, How to Build an Amazing Life After Treatment; 10 (more) simple secrets to creating inspired healing, wellness & your joyous life after cancer. This is the second part of her After Treatment Book series.

Debbie Woodbury

In this excerpt she gives her first new secret: Celebrate Your Courage. Debbie has already inspired WhatNext readers through her post...

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"Hear Me Roar" (HMR) - Our WhatNexter of the Week

by GregP_WN.

It was an unusually warm mid-December day here in Southern Illinois. My family of four (hubby and two kids 8 and 10 at the time) always take advantage of warm days to go on long hikes in our state parks or to go mountain biking! It was a muddy hike that day, so I hopped in the shower as soon as I got home. That’s when I found the lumps – two of them, side-by-side. 

Post Chemo                                 ...

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