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Archive for February 2016

Breast Cancer Survivors Deserve to Survive Beautifully

by Lana Koifman

Our WhatNexter of the Week is Lana Koifman , a seven-year survivor of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, and Founder of Surviving Beautifully.

Lana Koifman, Surviving Beautifully

Lana Koifman-Founder of Surviving Beautifully

It's not surprising that the song of choice for my work outs - especially my treadmill runs - is "I'm a Survivor" by Destiny's Child. My name is Lana Koifman and seven years ago I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, a really crappy type of breast cancer. Yes, I do realize there are no good kinds. My...

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Grilled Marinated Artichokes - Healthy Eating for Life

by GregP_WN

Healthy eating and good nutrition are a big part of fighting cancer. Our Recipe of the Week is from WhatNexter Pam Braun, take a look at her Grilled Marinated Artichokes.

The little artichoke is an antioxidant giant! One of the highest ranked foods in antioxidants per serving.

Grilled Marinated Artichokes

3 large artichokes or 6 baby artichokes, trimmed and cleaned
cup balsamic vinegar
cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
teaspoon salt

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Reading: Free Books to Keep Your Mind Right When Fighting Cancer

by GregP_WN

At WhatNext, we know that everything doesn’t have to be about cancer every single day of your life. Occasionally, it’s nice to take a break and read just for the pure joy of reading. And unlike in years gone by, it’s easier than ever to tap into the world’s greatest books from wherever you are…as long as you have a smartphone, a tablet, an e-reader, or a computer. And the best part? There are thousands of books available for FREE. Yes, free.

Dowload Free Books

Finding Free Books to Download

Open Culture

There are a number...

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5 Reasons to Keep Your Doctor Happy

by Greg Pierce

If you were to Google something about a doctor-patient relationship, you’d see lists of articles like “Ways to Make Your Patients Smile” or “Simple Ways to Keep Patients Happy.”  

5 Reasons To Keep Your Doctor Happy, What Next Blog

But have you ever thought of the reverse? Something along the lines of what patients can do to keep their doctors happy? It’s worth reflecting on! Here’s what we tend to think:

1) Your momma always said “honesty is the best policy” and that policy stands even at the doctor’s office. For example, make sure you...

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Cancer's New Normal - What You Need to Know

by Greg Pierce

You get the diagnosis, you go through your treatment (chemo and radiation—yay!), and then suddenly the cancer crisis period is over. Now what?

Cancer's New Normal

Some people want to get back to their life BC—Before Cancer. Some people feel inspired to make a drastic change. Regardless of what you want, you can’t deny that this journey has changed you, and instead of searching for and old normal, you get to create a new normal.

But how?

Well, here’s our top 5 ways to help you through that transition.


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What Is "Chemo-Brain" Really Like, and How to Fight it

by GregP_WN

 Where Oh Where

According to The Mayo-Clinic the definition of Chemo Brain is:

Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Cognitive problems occur when a person has trouble processing information. This includes mental tasks related to attention span, thinking, and short-term memory.

MD Anderson ...

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How to Plan For the Future But Live in the Present

by GregP_WN

How To Plan For The Future, But Live In The Present

Everyone’s heard it. The quote that reads, “Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.” It’s one of those quotes that always end up on a magnet, or a plaque, or maybe even a t-shirt.
But do you ever take time to really read it? To marinate on those words? To wonder what it means? Cancer can make it pretty tough to decide where to focus the most energy—either on today or the future. But we say both! Here are 10 ways to...

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Me Vs. Cancer - A View From the Other Side

by Elayne Lansing

From The Other Side

A battle was about to begin
When I found I had cancer cells within
They are cells that refuse to die
That’s a problem, because so do I.

My plan was to stare it in the face Find the doctor who would be best for my case
Fight it with prayer, courage, and grace.
But it had an agenda all its own
Insidious, and to me, still unknown.

*Round One: It was cancer’s…
I came out slow as I searched for answers
My world went from structured and sane
To one of chaos, as I felt my strength drain
My friends and family...

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Creating a Survivorship Plan for Life After Cancer

by GregP_WN

First, is there really "life after cancer"? Do you think that cancer is always going to be a part of you, or can you move on from it? Most survivors are discharged from their treatments and sent out into the world with the good wishes of their Doctors and staff. No advice is given for what to look for, what to do, what not to do, no "plan" given as to how to move into survivorship from being a patient. 

Hello I Am A Survivor

Without knowing what is important for you to be aware of, and things to stay away...

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What Can You Do For #WorldCancerDay?

by GregP_WN

World Cancer Day is February 4th, 2016. A truly global event taking place every year on February 4th, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.                    World Cancer Day

It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Wcd2016 Objective

World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted...

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