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Archive for March 2020

10 Scholarships Cancer Survivors Can Apply For

by Bea Potter

College can be a challenge for all students, financially and emotionally, but this is especially true for students recovering from cancer. Many students battling cancer may feel that there is no point in carrying on with their education, and the crippling costs of college tuition only exacerbates this.

10 Scholarships Cancer Survivors Can Apply For

What we can see is that pursuing a personal goal has a profound impact on a patient’s emotional and psychological recovery. To overcome the financial concerns, there are a wide range of...

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What To Order At The WhatNext Virtual Cafe?

by Jane Ashley

Some of you might remember Greg, our patient leader, posting what he was going to eat as his last meal before his laryngectomy. His wife asked him what he wanted as his “Last Meal.” Greg received some great menu ideas.

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So we fast forward to two months later, and eating out at restaurants is no longer an option. Depending on where you live, it’s either mandatory or optional to “shelter-in-place.” Our already stressful life as a cancer patient in active treatment or as a cancer survivor is...

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Relieve Stress And Anxiety Through Decluttering

by Jane Ashley

According to numerous studies, clutter is a leading cause of stress, anxiety, and feeling helpless and overwhelmed. When we are in the midst of cancer treatment, we’re fatigued and are often unable to perform routine household chores.

Get Rid Of Stress

So now amid the coronavirus pandemic, we’re probably not going to have visitors. If our spouse is working outside the home, they’ll probably be at home too. So it’s an excellent time to tackle some decluttering chores. Many of these ideas are simple things...

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Say Something Nice

by Jane Ashley

At times, the stress and anxiety of our cancer treatment might make us a bit “grumpy.” We don’t mean to be that way — we just open our mouth and out comes something that isn’t too nice or kind.

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Especially now, as coronavirus fears are ramping up, we all need a little bit more kindness, patience, and compassion .

Compliments to Give. 

These compliments might be for your spouse or children who are your caregivers. Some of these would be perfect for your chemo nurse, your radiation tech,...

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Don't Panic! Tips for Weathering The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Jane Ashley

These are troubling times for most cancer patients. Having cancer and being in active treatment is stressful enough, but now the entire global population is besieged with the coronavirus, aka COVID-19.

Wash Your Hands #2

What is the coronavirus, and why is it so dangerous?

Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is a new virus for humans. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, but there are several strains of the coronavirus in animals. COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The first patients had...

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Coping With Cabin Fever

by Jane Ashley

UGH!!! I hate winter. It’s cold, and it’s dark, it’s windy … HELP! I’ve got cabin fever.

Cabin Fever

Yeppers, cancer patients get cabin fever and the winter blues just like everyone one. We might be more prone to feeling down, depressed, and distressed than other people. All that we seem to do is go to the chemo center or the radiation center or stay home recovering from a recent surgery. And now, it looks like all that we hear on the news is coronavirus scares. So we might be avoiding crowds a little...

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Learning To Live Life As A Laryngectomee

by GregP_WN

In December, I had what was supposed to be a quick, fairly routine, laryngoscopy with a biopsy of a suspicious lesion looking thing on the side of my throat. In and out, 15 minutes, tops. Over an hour later I was in recovery. When I woke one of the residents came to my bed with a long face to give me some bad news. When the conversation starts with "unfortunately", it's not going to be good. 

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I was told what my diagnosis was, where it was at, and what had to be removed to fix it. None...

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What Cancer Patients Need To Know About The Coronavirus

by Jane Ashley

The first fact to remember is that the worldwide coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid situation. Almost every day brings more news — more cases, new cases in another country, and more than a little bit of panic among many people. So gird yourself with some courage and self-restraint. You don’t need a month's worth of groceries at home, and you don’t need to stock up on bottled water.

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Follow the advice of your oncologist. Every cancer center is carefully monitoring the coronavirus outbreak....

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Myths About Leukemia and Lymphoma

by Jane Ashley

Leukemia — a type of cancer that affects blood and bone marrow.

Survival Rates Continue To Rise

Lymphoma — a cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes.

There are many myths and misconceptions about leukemia and lymphoma. If we are diagnosed with either of these blood cancers, we might be confused because of “things” we’ve heard. We’re going to look at some common misconceptions about leukemia and lymphoma and help to set the record straight.

MYTH: Leukemia only occurs in...

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March Is Colorectal-Colon Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented? Although sometimes the brunt of watercooler jokes, the colonoscopy is the “gold” standard of screening. If polyps are found, they are removed and biopsied. Colorectal cancer begins as a benign polyp, so if you have a benign polyp and it’s removed, you prevented colorectal cancer from developing.

Get Screened

Colorectal Cancer Facts

• Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men...

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