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Archive for January 2015

Examples of Courage in the Face of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Despite the wear and tear of cancer, discouraging news, anxiety, and the many obstacles that life presents when you are living with cancer, many WhatNexters face everyday with courage. Courage is different for everyone - there is no formula. Courage can be big or small. It can simply be waking up in the morning or bravely facing the hard decisions you have to make when you have cancer.

What It Means To Be A Courageous Cancer Fighter

Here are some examples of courage in the face of cancer shown by WhatNexters.

Having courage might...

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Confronting a Hopeless Future Head-On: a True Example of Hope

by Brittany McNabb

WhatNexter of the Week PO18Guy was diagnosed with lymphoma after finding a lump behind his ear seven years ago. After a family history of cancer he thought, "This is it." He faced many fears as he was misdiagnosed, told that doctors couldn't fit him into their schedule, and that his specific type of lymphoma was almost too rare to treat. 

Po18guy What Nexter Of The Week

After seven years of fighting, James realizes that nothing can get him down. As long as he is living and breathing he is still fighting and working...

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5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Life When You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Sometimes living with cancer can make you feel like you are living without a net. There are a lot of factors that are hidden in the unknown and it can feel like so many things are up in the air. Your routine is shaken up, it may be harder to plan outings, and it can be a more difficult to keep things running in the household. Here are 5 easy ways to organize your life when you have cancer and why it might offer you stability and comfort. 

5 Easy Ways To Organize Your Life When You Have Cancer

1. Plan Meals

Prepare Ahead Of Time

Many WhatNexters have learned...

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From a Devastating Diagnosis in His 20s to 23 Years of Surviving and Thriving

by Brittany McNabb

Erik1059, a survivor with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IV, battled cancer at a very young age. Since this journey he has been in remission for 23 years. His story of determination and hope is truly inspiring for anyone currently in their fight.

What Nexter Of The Week Erik1059

Personal History

The year was 1985; I was 19 years old, a freshman in college, a football player in the prime of my life. You could say life was going very well for me, maybe a little too good. It all began when I woke up in the middle of the night...

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Become the Happiest Person You Know

by Brittany McNabb

Someone recently asked, 'Can a person be happy 24/7?' It seems a little out of reach for people battling cancer. But not impossible, right? 

Become The Happiest Person You Know

The news of having cancer, cancer treatment, scanxiety, annoying side effects of chemotherapy, and constant doctor appointments can make "24/7 happiness" seem impossible. However, there are concrete ways to become a happy person with cancer just like there are truly happy habits to put into place and scientifically proven ways to be happy. Here are...

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6 Creative Choices to Make With Hair Loss from Chemo

by Brittany McNabb

Hair loss can be a stressful side effect of chemotherapy but the support of friends and family makes it a little bit easier. Many WhatNexters share stories where loved ones have shaved their heads with them or where they have hosted a shave head party. Along with having a "shave your head party" there are many other creative choices to make when dealing with hair loss. 

Bald Is Beautiful Shave Your Head For Chemo

1. Use Support of Friends and Have a Shave Your Head Party

Whether friends have offered to shave their head with you...

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WhatNexter of the Week IronMom45: Her Race Against Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Iron Mom45 Race Against Cancer

IronMom45 is a brave survivor of stage III endometrial cancer. Diagnosed less than a year ago, she has been an active participant on the site and advocate for her health. IronMom45 has a story that demonstrates that a cancer diagnosis can be shocking but there is a way through it. In her story she discusses her gratitude for WhatNext, the specifics of her cancer journey, how her family helped her through, and what cancer has taught her about life. Here is her story in her own words...


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Ridiculous Things You Hear When You Have Cancer and How to Respond

by Brittany McNabb

It seems you hear the good, the bad, the ugly, and even the "ridiculous" when you have cancer. Often times people simply don't know what to say to their loved one or friend that has cancer. In return, people with cancer are often left speechless because they don't know how to respond to some of those ridiculous comments. Here are some things you may have heard and tips on how to respond.

Things You Hear When You Have Cancer And How To Respond

"You don't look sick at all!"

This seems to be a common thing that people with cancer hear. It is up to...

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8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Stay Happy Through Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Since we've learned the tricks of what truly happy cancer survivors don't care for, the next question presents itself: But how do you really stay happy through cancer? Some would argue that it is not possible, that cancer is just too taxing on their body; however, there are scientifically proven things that promote happiness in your life. Here are a few that might help you. 

Scientifically Proven Ways To Stay Happy Through Cancer

1. Get a little bit more sleep. 

How To Get A Better Nights Sleep

You may have heard that 6-8 hours of sleep can promote better health,...

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