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Are You Petrified Over An Upcoming Procedure?

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, many of us are shocked and stunned and yes, petrified over what our treatment will entail. As many of us have learned, cancer doesn’t always choose convenient places to occur. Many of the sites of our cancers are virtually inaccessible – 

John Wayne Quote

Tumors or cancer cells can be in the lining of our bladder, our brain, our rectum or anus, our throat, our breasts, a testicle or penis or an ovary or our bones. Melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer, can even appear...

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Tips For Traveling For Cancer Care

by Jane Ashley

Many of us will have to travel for all or part of our cancer care. We might live in a rural area, or we might have a rare cancer and need specialized expertise. It takes planning, money, and support from others to travel for cancer care. 

Bone Marrow Transplant

Planning and Logistics

There are many practical decisions that must be made when you travel for a second opinion or specialized treatment.

Method of transportation. The distance will probably be the determining factor. Perhaps, your travel distance...

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Giving Back After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients want to “give back” after their treatment has ended. But we’re not always sure how to “give back” or where to start. Volunteering and/or helping others helps us recover, feel better and move on with our new life once treatment is done. There’s no right or wrong way to “give back.” Some do a project by themselves while others become part of an organization. Here are some meaningful ways to help others in the same battle that we’ve fought.

Giving Back After Cancer

Join an organization that...

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10 New Years Resolutions to Transform 2019

by Jane Ashley

The end of the year is a time of reflection for both cancer patients and cancer survivors. We reflect on what we’ve experienced and begin to think of the New Year and how we might make the coming year better. 

New Year's Resolutions


Many of us believe that life is sweeter after cancer. We’ve learned that we are stronger than we believed. We’ve also realized how fragile our hold on life can be. And so, under these circumstances, we begin to contemplate our New Year’s resolutions.


Don’t sweat the small...

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10 Benefits Your Pets Give You

by Jane Ashley

We’ve all heard about the benefits of pets. Do you know the reasons why pet ownership is so good for us? There are at least 10 reasons that our pets benefit us as cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Unconditional Love


1. Stress Reliever. Studies show that petting a dog or cat relieves stress. First of all, they are very good listeners. Having cancer is stressful – we are scared, we are anxious and we are frustrated over the lack of control in our lives. As crazy as it sounds, talking to your pet about your...

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Keeping Your Medical Records Complete And In Tact

by Jane Ashley

Are you overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork that the diagnosis of cancer brings? Here are just a few of the examples of paperwork you might have:

Organize Medical Records

Bills for chemotherapy and radiation
• Hospital bills
• Imaging bills for CT scans, PET scans and MRIs
• Pharmacy receipts
• Receipts for physician copays
• Monthly explanation of benefits from your insurance company
• Lab results
• Scan and other imaging reports
• Pathology reports from surgeries and/or biopsies
• Genetic testing results
•...

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Questions to Ask at Your First Oncologists Appointment

by GregP_WN

When you're diagnosed with cancer you may experience what some people describe as a "blacked out" type of sensation. You are looking at the doctor, he's explaining what you have, and maybe even going through the steps that are to come next, but you are not hearing it, or cannot remember what the doctor said. 

Questions For Doctor

This is why it's a good idea to have someone with you when you go to all office visits. Your partner can help remember, take notes, and ask questions that you have thought about...

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Depression and Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient says that the diagnosis was a shock. After the news settles in and we begin to process our new reality, we may begin to feel many different emotions. Feeling distressed, down, anger or weepy is totally normal when we are first diagnosed, but how long should these deep, dark feelings last? Is it normal to feel this way? Or could our feelings be signs of depression?

Lonliness

What are the symptoms of depression?

It’s normal to experience strong reactions to our diagnosis, but if...

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What is The Difference Between Terminal and Incurable Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

Recently diagnosed patients with Stage IV cancer are sometimes told that they have “incurable” cancer. Stage IV cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant parts of their body.

Incurable Is Not Terminal

But there is a fine line between “incurable” and “terminal.” Every living creature who is born will eventually die. And that is true for humans too.

Many patients believe that they are “terminal” – often thought of as having less than 6 to 12 months to live. These patients ask, “How long am I going to live?”

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The Great American Smokeout November 15th, 2018

by Jane Ashley

The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday of every year as The Great American Smokeout. About 38 million people in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes. The statistics about smoking are staggering. 

Great American Smokeout

480,000 deaths annually in the U.S. – 1 in every 5 deaths are caused by smoking
• 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking
• Smokers die, on average, 10 years before non-smokers
• Total economic costs - $170 billion in medical costs and $156 billion in lost...

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