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Archive for October 2017

10 Common Relationship Issues During a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN.

We have a saying in the cancer community, it says "when someone gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer". While relationships can be extremely gratifying, they can also be hard work. A cancer diagnosis can take a toll on your relationship that normal life does not present. If you feel like your relationship is suffering because of your diagnosis, you are not alone. Here are 10 common relationship issues during a cancer diagnosis. 

10 Relationship Issues With Cancer

Please keep in mind that there are solutions...

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How to Find the Right Wig When Cancer Takes Your Hair

by GregP_WN.

Cancer can throw your entire life into disarray. Constant visits to the hospital or doctor’s office can dominate your schedule. Fatigue can sap your energy and leave you unable to enjoy the activities you once did. You and your family may experience stress and anxiety due to uncertainty about your prognosis. This article will help you find the right wig when cancer takes your hair.

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Even your outward appearance can be changed by a cancer diagnosis, especially if you’re one of the...

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Why You Should "Live Like You Were Dying" - If You Have Cancer

by GregP_WN.

The first time I heard this song, I was just a few years out from the final treatments for my second diagnosis of Hodgkins Disease. As I listened to the lyrics I thought how true they are. I was 30 and cancer had already tried to kill me twice. I needed to get past that time and get busy living.

Why You Should Live Like You Were Dying If You Have Cancer

Whether you have just been diagnosed, or in the middle of treatments or in survivorship and moving on with your life, maybe we should take his advice and "live like you were dying". Maybe you should...

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Beating Stage IV Cancer, Twice - With a Little Help From Her Relay Family

by GregP_WN.

In the fall of 2011, Twyla Varnado "T-Birdie, began teaching a beautiful little girl by the name of Zaria AKA “Pook” Johnson in her Sunday school class full of four-year-olds. One day, Twyla asked Zaria’s mother why the little girl didn't have any hair or eyebrows. 

Twyla Varnado

She told her about Zaria’s cancer journey. That following January, Zaria passed away. It was that year, in 2012, when Zaria’s mother asked Twyla to be on her Relay For Life team.

“I attended meetings with her and at one of...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark

by GregP_WN.

Cancer leaves a mark, in many ways. There are the inevitable scars from surgery, bruises from injections or treatments, skin burns and peeling from radiation, and then there are the mental scars, the flashbacks when you smell something or hear something, and even PTSD that never seem to go away. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

The average person on the street doesn't know or understand all of the ways that we are marked for life by cancer, because as many survivors say, "you can't understand it if you haven't been...

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The Positive Side of "Pinktober"

by GregP_WN.

For those in the cancer community, October doesn’t mean Halloween, or football, or changing leaves. October means “Pink,” and the big push for breast cancer awareness.

The Positive Side Of Pinktober

Of course, by mid-month, you’d truly have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the Breast Cancer awareness push – whether you’re in part of the cancer community or not. It’s inescapable. From 3rd grade to the pros, football players don pink socks or gloves. Pink ribbons festoon local stores and municipal buildings. Pink...

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5 Tips for Coping With a Rare Cancer

by Hannah Bessinger.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer understands the sinking feeling and paralyzing fear that quickly sets in. Your mind races through treatment options and side effects, and you become fixated on how you and your family are going to cope with the uncertainty to come.

Rare Cancers

For people who have been diagnosed with rare cancers, that fear and uncertainty can become compounded by feelings of isolation. Patients with rare types of cancer often find it difficult to get information, locate a...

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Don't Know What to Say to Someone With Cancer? Send a Text of Support

by GregP_WN.

When you're diagnosed with cancer people are shocked, they don't know what to say, some people won't say anything, while others will say things that are rude or insensitive. Try not to take it personally, they are just trying to come up with something to say. We have found that a large number of our WhatNexters would appreciate loved ones checking in on them by text as good as a telephone call or even as much as stopping by.

Texts To Cancer Patients

A text is quick, and it eliminates that awkward moment when the...

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