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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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12 Hard Truths About Having Cancer

by GregP_WN

When you hear the words that you have cancer, lots of things change. Some of them won't be that bad, but a lot of them will straight up suck. Saying that your life will never be the same again isn't a stretch. It's not ALL going to be terrible, but here are 12 hard truths about having cancer. 

12 Hard Truths About Cancer

1) Your Old Life Is Gone - From the time of your diagnosis until you're done with treatment and move on into survivorship, things will not be the same. Some people lose their jobs because of...

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Colorectal Cancer Patients Share Their Experiences

by GregP_WN
Living With Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. Cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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2X Cancer Survivor, College Graduate, Before Age 26

by GregP_WN

Sara Bedard is a 26-year-old young Lady, a 2X cancer survivor, and a college graduate. The inspiring part about this is that she didn't know if she could survive cancer, much less be able to graduate College while in treatment. She is our WhatNexter of the Week, and this is her story. 

Sara After Surgery

Just a few years ago cancer was something I never expected would play a huge part in my life and boy was I wrong. In 2015 my mother passed away from Ovarian cancer. At the time, I was working a part-time...

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For Husbands Only : What They Don't Tell You the Day Your Wife is Diagnosed With Cancer

by "Gumpus61"

Well, my friend, it has happened to you. We go through life as men thinking the bad things happen to the other guy. So it is always a shock when you sit in an office and watch a tear roll down your wife’s face as she is told she has a terrible disease. 

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Shock is not too strong a word. I literally felt fight or flight, panic, anger, shock and bewilderment…….all at once. It must be like getting shot, suddenly you find yourself sitting there not knowing why your sitting instead of...

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Cancer Related Pet Peeves

by Brian English

Pet peeves: we’ve all got them. Some of us have more than others. Maybe it’s the way your husband puts the toilet paper on the roller (the only right way is “over” – with the paper in front – by the way). Maybe it’s that your wife doesn’t screw the top on the milk all the way.

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And you probably thought that once you were diagnosed with cancer, your focus on the “little things” would vanish; you likely figured that battling cancer would surely make any tiny annoyances seem silly. Which, of...

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21 More Tips For The Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient

by GregP_WN

Once you or a loved one are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you have so many questions, fears and concerns. How am I going to get through this? Where do I begin? It's scary and not easy. We've turned to our WhatNexters, and asked them what advice they would give to someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer and needs support. They've been through it, hopefully their words of wisdom can help.

21 Tips


1. Assemble your team. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to beat...

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Cancer Portrayal in TV and Movies

by Brian English

From the moment you are first diagnosed with cancer, this disease that you probably spent very little time thinking about is suddenly everywhere you look. Your ears become hypersensitive to the word “cancer” on the radio, on TV – and even in small snatches of conversations you overhear.

Cancer Portrayal In Tv And Movies

“I don't know about everyone else, but every time I hear someone mention
‘cancer’ or ‘diagnosis,’ or the topic is raised on a TV show or movie – my antennae go up,”
says WhatNexter GregP_WN.

This incredible...

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A Lung Cancer Journey

by "Cards7Up"

Our Blog Post today is from WhatNexter "Cards7Up", she is a Stage IIIA lung cancer survivor and has been through quite a journey. She shares her story of fighting with determination while being her own advocate for quality care.  

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I was originally diagnosed with NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer) adenocarcinoma, stage IIIA in July 2010. At that time, two tumors were found, one in upper and lower right lobes. I knew about LC as my Mom had passed almost one year previously to the day I...

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Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

by GregP_WN

We have all been in this situation- You're sitting in the waiting room feeling terrible, there are kids running around screaming, sick people sneezing on you, you're just hoping to get in and out of the Doctor's office and not be sicker than you were when you walked in. Couldn't they have a separate waiting room for us cancer patients who have compromised immune systems?

Things The Cancer Facility Could Learn From Their Patients

This is just one of the things that the Doctor's office, treatment facilities, and even the hospitals don't seem to get....

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