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Helping Children Cope With Your Hair Loss

by Heather Erickson

Our blog post today is from Guest Blogger and WhatNexter "Donesewright" Heather Erickson. Heather is the caregiver for her Husband Dan who has fought through stage IV lung cancer. 

As adults, we have resources available to help prepare us for side effects we’ll experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other forms of cancer treatment. Our doctor can explain what to expect, and how long it will last. 

Helping Children Cope With Cancer Side Effects

Children, on the other hand (even teens), don’t have...

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Celebrities and Cancer

by Brian English

Cancer made headlines in the entertainment news when actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her breast cancer had spread, and she’d received a single mastectomy. The actress told Entertainment Tonight that after a recent surgery, it was discovered that “some of the cancer cells may actually have gone out of the lymph nodes.” She will soon be starting a course of chemo and radiation treatments.

Shannen Doherty

For people here in the WhatNext community, cancer isn’t a human interest story; it’s part of every...

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Cancer and the Zika Virus

by Brian English

By now, everyone has surely heard of the Zika virus. It’s usually near the top of every national TV news report. And you probably know that it has something to do with mosquitos and pregnant women. But as a cancer patient, something that you need to look out for? Yes and no.

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Zika is not known (yet) to pose any particular hazard to cancer patients. However, the Centers for Disease Control recently reported that information is lacking as to whether the risk of contracting Zika (or the...

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Has Cancer Changed Your Personality?

by Brian English

Without question, that moment when you hear the words “you have cancer,” is a life-changing event. But while it may make an unalterable shift in the course of your life, has it changed you – who you are – fundamentally? Since your diagnosis, are you a different person?

Has Cancer Changed Your Personality

Chemotherapy may have less of an effect on personality, but every WhatNexter has heard of “chemo brain” – that “my brain is mush” side effect that can make you forgetful and put you in a daze.

All of these elements can...

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When Cancer is Over, Is it Really Over?

by Brian English

This is the day. You step out of the hospital, out into the fresh air and breathe deep. This is the day you’ve dreamt about.

I Survived Cancer

It could be the day you hear you cancer is in remission. It could be the last day of a course of chemo. It’s the day when you get away from tests and treatments. The day you re-join the day-to-day world.

“Finally,” you think. “It’s over.”

Well … sort of.

Does cancer really end? When cancer is “over,” is it really over? It’s another aspect of the disease that every...

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Things People With Cancer Want You to Know

by GregP_WN

Cancer patients and survivors are sometimes misunderstood, there are things happening to us that we don't want, can't help, and wish would stop. Some things happen in our lives that affect our friends and family, sort of like extended side effects of cancer. So here are some things we want you to know. 

Things Cancer Patients Want You To Know

1) We are doing the best we can right now. Please give us a little slack and understanding, we may not be our normal self when with our friends and family, but we still love you the...

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The Top 5 Reasons I Was Late for Work During Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN

Any cancer patient knows that if you're counting on things being done right on schedule, you should probably look for something other than cancer treatments, appointments, procedures, etc. So these are the Top 5 reasons I have been late to work. I bet you can relate.....

1) The Radiation Machine was broken......again. How many times have you arrived at the center only to be told, "sorry, the machine is down, we will reschedule you asap"?

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2) I arrived for my 8AM appointment with my...

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Things Cancer Patients Love, That Money Can't Buy

by GregP_WN

We have all read the lists of things money can't buy before like love, morals, respect, character or patience. Here are some cancer related things that money can't buy that will hit home with cancer patients and their caregivers. Take a look and see if any of these sound familiar.

Things Cancer Patients Love, But Money Can't Buy 2

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That moment when your pain lifts after having gone through hours of unbearable pain. You know that feeling, when after you have been up all night because the pain wouldn't let you have anything other than a...

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Things I Didn't Expect From My Experience With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Maybe you have a preconceived idea about what it would be like to have cancer. Most of us have thought about some of the worst things that could happen to us in life, cancer ranks up near the top. But out of all of the things you thought would happen, here are some things that these cancer survivors at WhatNext never expected to hear, see or experience. 

Things I Never Expected From My Experiences With Cancer

markfeller - I did not expect it to be so easy to survive! Being told 12 years ago that I had 7 years to live with stage 4...

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How Can You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer?

by GregP_WN

WhatNexter "JHale17" recently posed this question to the Community about getting back to being "happy" when dealing with cancer. The questions are; can you, did you ever lose happiness, were you happy to begin with? There is a lot to consider, but happiness is a state of mind, and if you can control your view of your life, your space in the world, and compare that to others, you may find it's easier to be happy than you think!

How Do You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer

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Some people never actually lose their happiness. They have the...

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