Cancer Treatments, Insights and Other Musings -

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.

Mark Twian Quote

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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What To Say To The Newly Diagnosed

by Jane Ashley

When our friends, co-workers and relatives hear about our diagnosis, they are distressed by our bad news and want to reach out and provide comfort. Yet, often they are silent and say nothing. Why? Because they don’t know what to say. So they don’t say anything.

Nothing More Comforting Than A Hug

Important Facts to Remember about Those with Cancer

First and foremost, we are still the same person. But we have a serious, potentially fatal disease. That fact doesn’t change who we are — it changes our immediate plans. We have to...

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Close Calls and The Fear Of A Recurrence

by Jane Ashley

At the beginning of our treatments, most of us didn’t realize how the fear of recurrence would impact our lives for many years afterward. We didn’t even know the word “Scanxiety.” Most of didn’t realize how frequently we would return for checkups that include blood work and scans.

Keep Calm

Put all of these things together, and we have scenarios where a tumor marker test or a scan or a new pain or symptom might point towards a recurrence. But, upon further investigation and additional testing, we are...

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Living Your Best Life

by Jane Ashley

We often hear these words, “Living our best life as a cancer patient.” But what does this mean?

Live Out Best

Living my best life means living to the fullest … given my abilities, potential and current situation. It means that we don’t put off our hopes and dreams and find excuses for not doing them. Living our best is living up to our potential, but it also means that we will find ways to adapt to changes that occur in our life.

When Cancer Comes to Visit

So many of us hit the “pause” button when we...

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Tips For Surviving The Holidays With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Being in active treatment during the holidays is challenging in several ways. It’s supposed to be a time of joy and cheer, holiday travels and gift giving. But most of us who have been just diagnosed or are in active treatment don’t feel very festive. Let’s look at the challenges facing us and see how we can cope.

Coffee And Cookies

The stress of our diagnosis.

Seriously, how can anyone think that someone in active treatment will feel festive or feel like celebrating the holidays that come in December....

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Give In, Give Up, or Give It Your All

by Jane Ashley

A WhatNext member’s post prompted me to find out who proclaimed, “In life, you have three choices. Give in, give up or give it your all.” Charleston Parker, a self-taught theologian and author of One Soul, Many Faces , wrote this sage advice in 2013. 

Give In Give Up Or Give It Your All (1)

He probably didn’t have a cancer diagnosis in mind when he penned this quote, but his quote seems to check all of the boxes when we or a loved one has cancer.

Give In

The term, “give in,” has several different meanings. It can mean to...

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November Cancer Awareness Month Salutes Several Types of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

November is a busy month when it comes to cancer awareness. We honor those whose lives have been touched by carcinoid, lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer. November is the month that we acknowledge the importance of our caregivers. November is also the NHL (National Hockey League) Fights Cancer month and No Shave November.

Great American Smokeout

November 21st is the World Pancreatic Cancer Day as well as the Great American Smokeout.

Each of us believes that “our” cancer is the most important — yet we learn so...

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Genetic Testing - Knowledge Is Power

by Jane Ashley

It seems that we hear about a friend, a relative, a co-worker or someone in the news who gets diagnosed with cancer all too frequently. Although death rates for cancer have been declining since the 1990s, that is only part of the story — the diagnosis of cancer is traumatic, expensive and changes most people’s lives forever.

Genetic Mutations

Over 1/3 of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

If our mother or father or one of our parents had cancer, does that mean we...

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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Cancer

by Jane Ashley

One of the things that we learn about cancer very soon into our treatment is that everyone is different — we respond differently to chemotherapy and radiation. Some of us recover rapidly from a surgical procedure while for others, it takes an extended time. Every person’s cancer experience is different, yet we share many of the same experiences.

Things I Wish I Had Known Blog

We think, “Boy, I wish I had known about this.” Another patient says, “I had no idea this could happen.”

What are some of the things that we...

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