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My Mom, My Angel - A Son's View of Fighting Cancer

by Layne Compston

Our guest blog post today is from Layne Compston, he is the Son of Laura Compston, "LCompston", a 2-time head and neck cancer survivor covering 32 years. His post gives a Son's view of fighting cancer.

Laura And Layne Compston

Growing up as an only child had its benefits. For example, I didn’t have to share my toys with anyone. My mom and dad always made sure I had plenty to open when it came to certain holidays such as Christmas. I always remembered having many presents under the tree. My parents would always go...

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Hospice - When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

by GregP_WN

"Hospice " - A word that scares a lot of people, and a service that most of us never want to sign up for. But, when that time comes, when all other options have been exhausted, it is a valuable service. Sadly, I have experienced the services of a Hospice service twice, once with each Parent, only ten months apart. 

Hospice When Cancer Leaves You No More Options

Taking care of a loved one through with Hospice during the last days of their life is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and one of the most rewarding.

While...

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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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Having an Attitude of Gratitude to Thank Your Nurses and Doctors

by GregP_WN

This Holiday Season most cancer patients want to show a little gratitude to their Nurses and Doctors. If you're having a little trouble coming up with ways that you might do that, here are some ideas from the members of the WhatNext Community. This is how you can have an attitude of gratitude to thank your Nurses and Doctors. 

Cancer Thank You Cookies

We hear from Nurses all the time about working long, busy and stressful shifts. They are our caregivers and our lifeline. Most of the time they are the first...

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10 Common Relationship Issues During a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN

We have a saying in the cancer community, it says "when someone gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer". While relationships can be extremely gratifying, they can also be hard work. A cancer diagnosis can take a toll on your relationship that normal life does not present. If you feel like your relationship is suffering because of your diagnosis, you are not alone. Here are 10 common relationship issues during a cancer diagnosis. 

10 Relationship Issues With Cancer

Please keep in mind that there are solutions...

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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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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. 

Full Size Render

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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Guilt: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer

by "Gumpus61"

My Wife Has Cancer: A Husband and caregiver Shares his Journey

Ann And Mitch 4 Yrs. Prior

When asked what emotion a person feels most often when living with cancer as a patient or caregiver, a lot of words come to mind. Sorrow, anxiety, resolve, and desperation are some. Even if you have not faced cancer and were asked the question those words might come to mind. But there is an emotion that comes with the territory that nobody anticipates. It’s guilt .

After 36 years of marriage and the resolve along the way to...

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My Wife Has Cancer - A Husband and Caregiver's Story

by "Gumpus61"

Tears 

Someone said when you’re falling in or out of love every song on the radio is about you. The Same is true of the cancer experience. Most everyone, at some awful or wonderful way point, relates that moment to a song. 

My Wife Has Cancer A Husband And Caregiver's Story

My wife is dying of cancer and there is not a damn thing I can do about it. We husbands of cancer cry often, and with deep feeling, but more often alone than with our wives….and right at that moment I sat in Traffic and was the loneliest man in the world. If...

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Being a Cancer Patient and a Caregiver

by GregP_WN

All cancer patients will have a variety of descriptions of what it's like to be a cancer patient. There will be a lot of details about how hard treatment is, how bad the side effects are, the pain involved and the sacrifices a patient has to make just to go through treatment. 

Is Being A Caregiver Harder Than Being A Patient

All of these will be heartfelt and true statements, but the patient usually feels like they are in control of their own situation. They are the one going through it all and can muster up the determination to keep...

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