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Cancer Care - Reflections From A Caregiver

by Miguel Barron

In 2019, I published a book entitled The Boxer’s Corner. The book was a semi-real time account of my experience as a caregiver during my late wife’s battle with metastatic cancer. In the book I recount the pain, frustration and isolation I felt in my role as husband, father and caregiver during my wife’s agonizing battle.

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But in addition to the human component of our experience, the book also touched on a number of issues relating to her treatment that I believe exposed shortcomings in her...

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Surviving Stage IV Tonsil Cancer - 7 Years and Counting

by Debbie Pepin

Editor's note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from Debbie Pepin, a 7 year survivor of head and neck cancer. (tonsil) She shares her story from going to an annual health exam to being a cancer patient fighting for her life. 

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Healthy, happy and busy, at an annual exam my GP suggested I show my enlarged right tonsil to an ENT in February 2011. I hadn’t known that we have 3 sets of tonsils – the palatine are what people usually refer to that are on both sides of the back of our throat. The...

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From Prostate Cancer Patient to Prostate Cancer Coach

by GregP_WN

Editor's note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from Dennis Golden, a 7 year survivor of two diagnoses of prostate cancer. This is his story in his own words. 

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On the face of it, I was a healthy and physically active 70-year-old, 168-pound male. A 25-mile daily bike ride and a wholesome diet resulted in a 32-inch waistline and body fat readings of 14%. Except for the occasional cold, all indications pointed to a guy who was healthy and in great shape.

Like many males, I saw no need to ask...

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A Story of Surviving Stage IV Spindle Cell Sarcomatoid Carcinoma-6 Years

by GregP_WN

Our Guest Blog Post today is from  Nicki Goodwin, "NGoody16". She is a six year survivor of spindle cell sarcomatoid carcinoma. A rather rare form of soft tissue cancer. She describes her life before, during, and after her diagnosis. This is her inspiring story in her own words.

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Nicki with her husband, Jeremy, and son, Bryce on his first day of 1st grade(Sept 2017).

I was 34 years old in the fall of 2012. I was finally getting the hang of being a new mom and wife while juggling my...

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Share Your Own Cancer Story and Inspire Thousands!

by Jane Ashley

Do you want to help others diagnosed with the same kind of cancer that you had?

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Do you remember those dark days when you were first diagnosed? The fear, the confusion and the “what ifs” were overwhelming. If you are like me, you probably wondered if life would ever would be normal again. Over 1.7 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in 2018 — that’s over 4,900 people every day here in the U.S. who hear the words, “You have cancer.”

Help others by sharing your...

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"Bug"-Her Story of Triumph Over Breast Cancer

by GregP_WN

"Bug" is our WhatNexter of The Week. She shares her story of beating a breast cancer diagnosis, going on to enjoy life, and giving back through volunteering to help others through their own diagnosis. Take a look below, and drop by her page and thank her for sharing.  

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Bug on Halloween at Treatment

Leading up to my 50th birthday, several friends told me how I’d love my 50s. They said they felt more comfortable in their own skin in their 50s, freer to be themselves, life settled down...

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"Beachbum5817" Reaching Milestones in Her Life Once Thought Unobtainable

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Beachbum5817", a breast cancer survivor who has, as of this writing,  passed the five year mark by seven months. She shares her story of finding a lump through surgery, treatments, doubts, pain, lows, and highs, and through to being a five year survivor. This is her story.

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Above: Beachbum5817 and her Daughter celebrating after her last radiation treatment

I had my yearly mammogram in Sept. 2013, and I received a card in the mail saying that everything...

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WhatNexter of The Week - "Carool" A 20 Year Breast Cancer Survivor

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Carool" she is a 20 year breast cancer survivor and a regular contributor to WhatNext. The following is her own cancer story in her own words. 

I’m Carool. I was born and remain in Brooklyn, NY. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 5, 1999. 

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Above: Carool at the opening of the Monmouth Museum Group Show


I found a lump in the upper part of my left breast in January of 1999, when I was 51. At first I thought it was nothing - and I’m someone...

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Receiving Bad News Over The Phone

by Jane Ashley

A disturbing new trend is emerging in the diagnosis of cancer. More patients (60 percent, in fact, of breast cancer patients) receive their diagnosis of cancer over the phone. It seems that some patients would prefer to learn the results of their tests as quickly as possible, even it’s via a phone call. Perhaps younger patients who use “phone and text” as their primary means of communications don’t want to wait for an appointment — they want to know ASAP.

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But is this the best method to...

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Cancer Steals a Smile, Ray of Sunshine, and Life

by GregP_WN

Last Tuesday, cancer stole another life. This one wasn't just another cancer patient, this one was a dear family member of ours. She was one of the sweetest people that could be found on earth. She was a beautiful young woman, mother to two great sons, wife to a fantastic husband, who will be missed dearly by all of her family and friends.

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We see new cancer diagnoses almost every week. All of us know of someone who has been diagnosed, either themselves, someone in their family, a friend or...

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