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Archive for March 2016

Cancer Care Baskets for the Chemo Patient

by GregP_WN.

When a friend or loved one is about to start chemo, or even if they’re smack-dab in the middle of it, receiving a “Cancer Care Basket” can be an uplifting moment. But what should you put in it? Because as we all know, some gifts are more appropriate than others; and while technically “it’s the thought that counts,” you’ll have to dig a little deeper because chemo is a beast. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

Small Care Baskets For Chemo Patients

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The Tiny Basket

A Tiny Basket won’t take up much room, but everything...

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Just Diagnosed? Top 10 Things You Need to do Now

by GregP_WN.

When we are told "you have cancer", everything seems to go into a slow motion fog filled movie sequence. You don't hear or understand much that's said after that and you feel kind of numb. Don't panic, this is normal! But there are a few things you need to do now, before getting too far into it.

10 Things To Do After A Cancer Diagnosis

1) Breath - Catch your breath and slow your mind down. It is estimated that there will be over 1,685,000 cancer diagnoses in 2016, cancer is treatable and beatable.

2) Ask for all the information...

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Buckeye Shelby - An Inspiring Stage IV Cancer Patient That Beat the Odds

by GregP_WN.

"BuckeyeShelby"

A stage III or IV cancer diagnosis is not what you want when you get your initial diagnosis. These are considered "late stage", but they aren't always as bad as you may have heard. With new drugs and advancements in treatments, more and more people are beating the odds.  WhatNexter "BuckeyeShelby" is another example of someone who was told she had Stave IV cancer and didn't have long, but has beat those odds. She describes how in our WhatNexter highlight today. 

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SandiA - Beating Stage IV Melanoma Against the Odds

by GregP_WN.

"SandiA"

A "late stage" cancer diagnosis is not the diagnosis you want to hear when getting your initial diagnosis, but it's not as bad as you may have heard. With advances in drugs, treatments, surgery and new treatments available, people are beating these diagnoses more and more.  WhatNexter "SandiA" is one more in a series of Stage IV patients that are beating the odds. She describes how she has done it here. 

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"I was diagnosed on May 8th, 2014. I had surgery on May 2nd to...

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Dealing with a Stage IV Diagnosis and Treatment - With a Positive Mental Attitude

by GregP_WN.

Our Blog Post today is from WhatNexter Alan Zaben, he is a fellow Hero of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society, a fellow 3-time cancer survivor, as well as a stage IV survivor of 27 years.  He shares his ideas on what has gotten him through these last 27 years of dealing with cancer, and how he will cope with treatments for the rest of his life. Read on, and be inspired.-GP

Alan Zaben

 50% of the battle is what the doctors, nurses, technicians and aides can do for you. The...

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Is There Hope With a Late Stage Cancer Diagnosis?

by GregP_WN.

A late stage cancer diagnosis (stage III or IV) is not what you want to hear, but it might not be as bad as you might have heard. With recent advances made in treatments, surgery, and other options, people are beating these type of diagnoses more than ever before. 

At WhatNext, we have lots of people that fall into this category, here are two of them.

LiveWithCancer 

Live With Cancer With Dog Barney In Santa Fe 2014

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LiveWithCancer - "I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 10/2012. I wasn't a candidate for radiation or...

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From One Mother to Another: Preserving Family Life During Cancer

by Lisa Lurie.

Motherhood can be a juggling act at the best of times. Throw the stress of a cancer diagnosis into the mix, and the impact on family life can be extreme. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my two daughters’ were young. Michelle was thirteen years old, and Gillian, was nine. They were busy middle-schoolers, and yes, I was a busy soccer mom, although in my case it was also dance class, swimming, plays, and endless play-dates.

Lisa Lurie

Recovering with my Daughters Gillian and Michelle

As I stared...

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Where Have All My Friends Gone?

by GregP_WN.

You're diagnosed with cancer, you call a few friends and give them the heartbreaking news, they promise to be there, just tell them what you need. Fast forward a few months and see who's there now. Many of them aren't around, or are very distanced and you may even have a new circle of friends that include people that weren't friends before cancer. 

Where Are All My Friends

A cancer diagnosis is devastating news, for you, your family and your friends and many people just can't handle it. 

Is it your fault?...

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March Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN.

March has Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Lymphedema Awareness Month, International Women's Day, Kick Butts Day and Anal Cancer Awareness Day.

Click the links below each for more information.

Colon Cancer Sp Logo

Colon Cancer Warrior Profile Picture

For more information about Colorectal-Colon cancer

 Guide to Colorectal Cancer from Cancer.net

Colorectal Cancer Experiences Page at WhatNext

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