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Archive for July 2015

Stage Fright: Learning About the Stages of Cancer

by GregP_WN

New member dkzerian was recently diagnosed with breast cancer—like everyone in the WhatNext community, she’s facing a lot of questions and decisions. When she received her biopsy results, this is what she read: “Invasive ductal carcinoma poorly differentiated, tumor grade (invasive) poorly differentiated, mBR Grade lll/lll (mBR score9/9) Tubele formation 3/3 Nuclear grade 3/3 Mitotic activity 3/3.”

Stage Fright

As you can probably guess, her first question was “what does that mean?!” Or, more...

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Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

by GregP_WN

At times, it can feel like everything is crashing around you. Whether it’s problems with your health, family, work, or something else, the phrase “When it rains, it pours” can sound all too real. You wonder how you’ll find solutions, and how you can move forward.

Everything Happens For A Reason

You call your closest friend about what you’re going through, and after a brief silence on their end, they respond: “Well, everything happens for a reason.” …Does it?

We asked the WhatNext community how they felt when they heard “...

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5 Reasons to Befriend Someone With Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

From patients to loved ones, people with cancer want friends and family to know that everyone needs a friend, especially those fighting the battle of their life. Not only do people with cancer need good friends in their life, they make good friends. Here are 5 reasons to consider befriend someone with cancer. 

5 Reasons To Befriend Someone With Cancer

1. They understand what is important in life.

Friends Know Whats Important


Cancer turns your perspective on life upside down. Many people with cancer have said that it really showed...

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Finding Your Tribe and Thriving in the Face of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Our WhatNexter of the Week Michael Holtz is a fellow speaker for the American Cancer Society, colon cancer survivor, and an absolute "over-doer." He runs marathons, attends congress and speaks on behalf of cancer patients issues, works for the Knox County Health dept. in Knoxville, TN and pushes for our issues there and everywhere he goes. He knows how to go above and beyond when it comes to advocating for himself and other cancer patients.

W Ner Of The Week Michael Holtz

He wrote an inspiring book, "It's Not Harder than...

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Kicking Cancer With Nutrition-Smoothie Anyone?

by GregP_WN

Gorgeous Green Smoothie

Fighting cancer is more than just doctor appointments, scans, treatments and surgery! Fight back with nutritious and tasty recipes! This week's recipe is from the authors of Kicking Cancer in The Kitchen:The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer

Green Smoothie

Serves 2-3
2 cups non-dairy milk like almond, coconut
1 cup packed kale leaves, stems removed
1 banana
1/2 avocado
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes


Add all ingredients to a...

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Overcoming Fears and Living a Life Dedicated to Beating Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

WhatNexter of the Week, living1963 (Todd), is an inspiring example of someone that went through the wild emotional roller coaster ride of a cancer diagnosis, news of metastasis, feelings of fear, a prognosis of one year, and a final resolve that the desire of life can win over cancer. Here is his story in his own words.

Overcoming Fears And Beating Cancer

Warning Signs of Cancer 

In June of 2006 I received a phone call from my doctor. For several months prior I had been dealing with severe pain originating in my lower...

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7 Ways to Spoil Yourself

by GregP_WN

You’ve had a long, trying day. Emotionally, physically, and mentally. You’re spent, and you’ve earned some good ole’ R&R. But what should you do? Below is a list of 7 ways to spoil yourself that will help you feel better on the inside and outside with advice from other WhatNexters:

1. A Professional Massage

 A Good Massage

“Biweekly massages! It really helps with relieving the stress and anxiety that comes with cancer.” - @BebeN

2. Take naps

 When You Wake Up From A Nap

“After cancer, I got in the habit of taking...

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Healthy Cancer Fighting Recipes

by GregP_WN

Baked Salmon with Cilantro Sauce

Submitted by: Pam Braun @Pambsky

Salmon is high in protein, contains omega-3 fatty acids, and several B vitamins. Cilantro is a little herb that has shown to possibly have big anti-cancer properties. This dish also makes a beautiful company meal because of the appealing, bright colors.



4 (6 ounce) portions wild salmon
Cracked black pepper
1 cup Cilantro Sauce (See recipe under sauces.)
Canola oil pan spray
Preheat oven to 350...

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8 Ways to Begin the Conversation About Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Sharing about your cancer diagnosis can be difficult. Cancer is very personal and the news should be handled with care. Sometimes WhatNexters can be fearful to share because they don't know how people will react, they don't want to upset anyone, or they themselves are caught in a trap of fear. 

8 Ways To Begin The Conversation About Cancer

Maybe you want to share but you just do not know how to begin. There are different levels of friends and loved ones to consider sharing with. A way to share with your family might not be the best...

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7 Things to Do When You Feel Isolated With Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Cancer can make you feel isolated from the outside world because it is a very personal and private disease. It can cause depression, worry, and anxiety and make you feel like no one understands or that no one is there for you. The truth is, you don't have to feel alone. Many WhatNexters have noticed that being in close battle with cancer has made them feel isolated. Here are some coping mechanisms from WhatNexters themselves on what you can do when you feel alone.

7 Things To Do When You Feel Isolated With Cancer

It might be that you feel...

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