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Nutrition With Cancer Myths

by Jane Ashley

We all want to eat healthier. But how do we separate truth from fiction? There are so many food myths when it comes to those of us who have cancer or are cancer survivors.

Eat Healthier

Some dietitians and nutritionists specialize in cancer patients. They help people who are losing too much weight, and they help those who need to lose weight so that they can have potentially life-saving surgery. They provide dietary guidelines based on facts — not fads or fiction.
Let’s do a little myth-busting. You’re...

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13 Characteristics Worth Cultivating When Diagnosed With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

The diagnosis of cancer is often a shocking and traumatic experience, but we have to deal with the diagnosis. It has to be treated — ready or not; cancer doesn’t wait.

Cancer Diagnosis

So how do we cope? How do we learn to deal with the physical consequences of our diagnosis and the emotional ups and downs?
Part of the way that we cope is with cultivating and enhancing characteristics that we have, but that may lie hidden and seldom used. We all have these traits, and with a little coaxing and development,...

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Maintaining Hope About Your Cancer While Being Realistic

by Jane Ashley

A cancer diagnosis is a tough diagnosis. Just look at what each of us faces.

Never Lose Hope

• Cancer is just plain scary.
• What about the side effects?
• It’s gonna be expensive.
• We might die.
• We might not be able to work.
• Fear of the unknown.
• What about my family?

Yet, we have to come to terms with our diagnosis and learn how to live with the uncertainly that a cancer diagnosis brings. If we don’t reconcile ourselves to our “new reality,” we’re liable to drive ourselves and our family crazy.

What...

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Coping With Isolation Due to Corona or Cancer Issues

by Jane Ashley

As cancer patients and survivors, we’ve been told to “shelter-in-place” and “self-isolate.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients were advised not to isolate themselves. We are told that we needed to maintain our connections with friends and family. We were reminded that we need our “social network’s” support to help us through the emotional and physical challenges that cancer brings.

Isolation

Isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. We may begin to have self-doubt and not take care of...

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National Cancer Survivor's Day 2020

by Jane Ashley

Sunday, June 7, 2020, is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is the day to celebrate our survival and to be an inspiration to those who are newly diagnosed. It’s also a day for community outreach as we reach out to create awareness that more and more people are surviving cancer. 

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Our day also focuses on the challenges that cancer survivors face.

But it’s different this year …

Not in recent history has the world experienced a worldwide pandemic like COVID-19. COVID-19 is at the forefront...

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Forgiveness and its Role in Cancer

by Jane Ashley

We don’t often associate forgiveness as a part of our cancer experience. Forgiveness plays an important role in our emotional and physical recovery.

Forgiveness And Its Roll In Cancer

Many of us feel anger, resentment, and despair — sometimes, all of these emotions come at once. Other times, these feelings come in episodes — we may think that we’ve regained emotional control, and then, those feelings return.

How does forgiveness play a part in our emotional healing?

As the shock of our diagnosis wears off, we may feel angry....

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Dear Family and Friends, I'm Sorry I Gave You Cancer......4 Times

by GregP_WN

You have probably heard that old saying "it takes a village to....(insert your situation)". With cancer, it's also true. We cancer patients can't do it on our own. 

Dear Family And Friends, I'm Sorry I Gave You Cancer Four Times

We will need your help, these are some of the things that my cancer might require you to do.

  • Sometimes to get to treatments because we're too weak to be driving. 
  • To stay with us in the hospital, because it gets lonely there by yourself.
  • To go pick up our scripts at the pharmacy, if we're to sick to be driving we are...
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New Ways To Beat Anxiety

by Jane Ashley

Anxious? As if it wasn’t enough for us to anxious over our cancer diagnosis, now we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, no one knows exactly how this will play out. But we, as cancer patients and cancer survivors, must practice social distancing for quite a while to protect ourselves and our surrounding family.

Whats Next

The “not knowing” part of the COVID-19 pandemic contributes to our anxiety. The every-day news briefings from the White House, governors, and local officials...

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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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