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Archive for November 2015

9 Things Cancer Patients Might Hear and How to Respond

by GregP_WN.

When you have cancer, it can seem like some people leave their brains at home when it comes to conversation. Even the most well-meaning people may say something that rankles you to the bone. Here are a few…

1. I know how you feel. 

Your reply: “Well, unless you’ve experienced cancer first-hand, chances are pretty good you DON’T know how I feel.” Be gentle, though. A person who makes that statement is trying to empathize with you.

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2. Do you know what caused your cancer? 

Hmmm....

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12 Steps to Learning the Strange Language of Cancer

by GregP_WN.

How many of you have ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Like, really wanted to, versus being forced to if you wanted to graduate? Well, the good news is you still can, and it may not be as hard as you thought. There’s a great post over at The Tim Ferris Experiment by Benny Lewis that tells you how.

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Benny Lewis; Great Wall of China not included!

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Unfortunately, we’ve all had to spend a lot of our time learning a foreign language of a different kind: Cancer. Yes, learning to “...

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10 Things That Are Absolutely True About Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Because cancer comes in so many forms, strikes in any number of ways, and affects a multitude of people, it’s often difficult to seek out the reality of the disease. As in, the 100-percent, bona fide, research-proven truth.

Cancer Truths

So read on, WhatNexters, and debunk these 10 cancer myths:

Not Contagious

1.  Y’all, Cancer is Not Contagious 

You may be thinking, “uh, duh,” but many people used to think cancer was something that could be “caught,” like the chicken pox or the flu. People with cancer need...

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10 Tips For An Awesome Bucket List

by GregP_WN.

What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the phrase “Bucket List”?
Is it the writing assignment you had to do in school? A self-help exercise? The movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman?

The Bucket List

Does the phrase “Bucket List” fill you with a sense of purpose? How about anxiety? Or does it just make you mad?
There’s no right or wrong way to feel about a Bucket List. Some WhatNexters love the idea. After cancer turns their world upside down, a Bucket List gives them a new focus and...

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3 Conversations About Cancer That Could Save Your Life

by GregP_WN.

A cancer diagnosis brings with it a host of questions and necessary conversations. It can be overwhelming! Who do you talk to about what? How long before you’ve talked a subject to death? And most importantly, how do you get the conversations started?

3 Conversations That Might Save Your Life

To help you navigate through this difficult time, here at WhatNext we’ve assembled a Guide to Important Cancer Conversations.

1. Treatment Goals

Laying out treatment goals is a great conversation to have with your family and care partner before...

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5 Places to Turn For Help With Cancer Expenses

by GregP_WN.

We’ve been talking a lot about the increasing cost of cancer* and how to fix it** over the last few months. Everyone would love to see cancer treatment become more affordable, but until that day comes many of us need help to pay for treatment. The key word is HELP: We’re not looking for this guy to swoop in and save the day:

Robinhood


No one likes the stress and financial burden of paying for cancer treatment, but we don’t want to just pass that burden on to someone else. And given a choice, most of...

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10 Songs to Cheer You Up When Chemo Has You Down

by GregP_WN.

Obviously, chemotherapy can be hard. And by hard, we mean really hard. Between the nausea, hair loss, and fatigue, it’s easy to feel discouraged.
But, there’s nothing that a little power ballad can’t fix—even if it’s temporary. So, here you have it—10 foot-tapping, body-shaking, mood-lifting songs for when you just need four minutes removed from reality. In no particular order:

Bobby Mc Ferrin

1) Don't Worry, Be Happy—Bobby McFerrin

For when you were hoping for better news, but are trying to remain...

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5 Companies That Care About Cancer

by GregP_WN.

It seems like every time you turn around, there’s another report of corporate hanky-panky in the news. Take, for example, McDonald’s sneaking the McDouble off the dollar menu so they can save on the cost of cheese. Instead, they introduced the Double Cheeseburger—at a higher price, of course.

We Care

Or, the fact that Ikea makes its stores deliberately hard to navigate so customers will buy more products.

Well, get ready for a breath of fresh air. Here are some companies that are very driven, and...

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November Cancer Awareness - Types and Events

by GregP_WN.

November marks several types of cancer for awareness, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, carcinoid cancer, neuroendocrine cancer as well as a few cancer awareness events: Coaches Vs. Cancer, The Great American Smokeout, and the National Family Caregivers Month. Take a look at them below for more information on each. 

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This all started as Lung Cancer Awareness Day way back in 1995. As the lung...

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