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Hope And The Stage IV Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient remembers the day of diagnosis. I refer to that day as “the day time stood still.” The common thread for every story is the deep, gut-wrenching fear that grips you. Some people cry while others sit quietly. Everyone tries to understand the enormity of what they’ve just heard.

Hope And The Stage Iv Diagnosis

Rectal bleeding prompted my referral to a colorectal surgeon. A colonoscopy confirmed I had rectal cancer. The surgeon scheduled chest, abdomen, and pelvic CT scans along with a rectal MRI and told...

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Cancer Facts We Learned From Survivors, Not the Doctor

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter "Cllinda" recently posted a question to the WhatNext Community that asked "What one piece of advice did you gain from this site vs. your doctor? The reason I asked this is because of this site talking about ports. My doctor never mentioned it and I would not have known if it wasn't for this site. Once I asked for it, he agreed to let me have one. But I had to ask for it. So I was wondering what other people have learned about here." 

Cancer Facts We Learned From Survivors, Not The Doctor

These are some of the things that...

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7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

by GregP_WN

Whether you know it or not, you are an inspiring person. Right now there are several people that are watching your journey and thinking to themselves that you are one strong, tough, and inspiring cancer fighter. Other cancer patients that see your story at WhatNext will be inspired and will gain hope simply by reading your story. When other cancer patients read the story of survivors, they gain hope and inspiration and have faith, that if you can do it, then so can they. 

7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

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Cancer's Effect on the Concept of Time

by GregP_WN

You have probably experienced this before throughout your cancer journey, you look at the clock and it says 1:05, then after what seems like 30 minutes, it's only 1:09. Cancer and the anxiety we have when trying to navigate through everything has an effect on our concept of time. It seems to happen in both directions too, it will speed time up or slow it down, depending on the situation.

Be On Time

My Father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at the age of 71. I remember sitting with him in the exam...

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Surviving Head and Neck Cancer 2X Over 32 Years

by GregP_WN

Our blog post today is from our WhatNexter of the Week, "LCompston". She is a two-time head and neck cancer survivor and was kind enough to share all of the details of her 32-year journey, the good, bad and ugly.

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I believe my journey started in the 7th and 8th grade of school. It was the start of me surviving head and neck cancer 2X over 32 years. I always had Mono and was in and out of the doctor and on antibiotics all the time. In 8th grade, I had a major math test. Right before the...

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Still Fighting CLL After 12 Years and Still on Top

by GregP_WN

"Still_Fighting" is a 12-year survivor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), although she is still on maintenance treatments, and likely will be for the rest of her life, she says she is still doing well and living her life. Take a look at her story, and drop by her Homepage at WhatNext and giver her a big CONGRATULATIONS for staying on top in her fight. In this guest blog post, she details her fight with CLL.

Still Fighting Cll After 12 Years

I really didn't have any indications that I had CLL that I was aware of or my...

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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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A strange journey (memories of a teenage girl)

by GregP_WN

This weeks Wednesday's WhatNexter Of The Week is Tracy. She is a long time Thyroid Cancer survivor of 37 years. Here is a little about her journey through Thyroid cancer, starting as a 14 year old.

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I was a teenager in the mid 70’s when diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer after being sick for several years. Luckily I lived in Seattle at this time so I was sent to Virginia Mason Clinic which was the major west coast cancer treatment center at this time.

This clinic was so busy that you had to be...

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Examples of how to "Live Your Life...Not Your Cancer"

by GregP_WN

At WhatNext, we are fond of the quote "Live Your Life....Not Your Cancer". What does that mean exactly? Very simply, it means to not get bogged down in your "cancer life". Cancer is a major part of your life while you're going through it, but it doesn't have to be all of it. Take every chance you get to do some things that are as far away from cancer as you can get. 

Live Your Life Not Your Cancer Banner

We all deserve to have a mind that is free and clear of all negative thoughts, visions of cancer trying to kill us and...

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Finding Hidden Blessings in a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN

Our Guest Blog Post today is from Pam Arabian, she is a breast cancer survivor and a Voice of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. She describes her experiences of going from a normal day living her life, to living her life with breast cancer, and how she is finding hidden blessings in a cancer diagnosis. 

Pamela Arabian With Son Matt Before Treatment                                           ...

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