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Dealing With the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many people with cancer talk about the "emotional roller coaster" of cancer. They go from first appointment, to weekly scans, a treatment plan, and the...

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You're in Remission: What Next?

by Brittany McNabb

Remission What Next Life After Cancer

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Once you achieve remission you might not know what to do next. Survivorship could be met with celebration but also trepidation. You have been fighting cancer...

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15 Things that Cancer Taught Me

by Brittany McNabb

Things Cancer Taught Me

When diagnosed with cancer, many people have no idea what to expect. Cancer might send you on an emotional roller coaster that you didn't see coming. When we asked WhatNexters what they learned from having cancer there were many different responses. Here are some unique perspectives on what cancer taught them.

1. Cancer taught me that it is important to live life with no regrets. 

Some WhatNexters adopt the motto "live your life, not your cancer." This idea goes hand-in-hand with the...

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8 Easy Ways Patients Can Support Their Caregivers

by Brittany McNabb

Easy Ways To Support Your Caregiver

Even though patients are sick with cancer and cannot do a lot of things, there are times that you may be able to show your caregiver how much you appreciate them. Patients understand that being a caregiver can feel like a full-time job and while they try not to be completely dependent on them, they are still the vulnerable one in the relationship. Because being a caregiver is a lot of pressure and can be emotionally stressful and physically exhausting, here are some small ways that patients...

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15 Ways to Be a Great Caregiver

by Brittany McNabb

Reach Out To Friends For Help

Being a caregiver is an admirable labor of love but can be physically and emotionally tiring. Many WhatNexters talk about the importance of "caring for the caregiver" and ways to be the best caregiver to their loved one with cancer. In order for the patient and caregiver to have a successful relationship, the caregiver must take care of themselves as well. Here are some real suggestions from real WhatNext caregivers on what they have done to take care of themselves and what they have done to...

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23 Nice Things You Can Do for Someone With Cancer

by bnmcnabb

Nice Things You Can Do For Someone With Cancer

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Having cancer is hard and it is hard to keep up. With cancer treatments and care plans, everyday things like cooking and cleaning can fall through the...

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10 Things Cancer Patients Love to Hear

by bnmcnabb

Things Cancer Patients Love To Hear

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

"Once someone said to me, 'I'll ride the waves with you till the storm calms,' and that meant a lot to me because I knew they would be with me no matter...

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15 Things We Want Our Loved Ones to Know about Having Cancer

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Family, friends, and loved ones are an important part of a cancer team. They can provide love, support, meals, hugs, words of advice, visits, cards, and a shoulder to cry on. Many WhatNexters say that they could not have done it without their loved ones but sometimes the patient and loved one relationship is hard because family and friends do not know exactly what they as the patient are going through.

Support

 Here we share some things, from a patient perspective, that WhatNexters with cancer...

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What is Palliative Care?

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

1. Definition of Palliative Care

Palliative care, also known as supportive care, is meant to relieve symptoms of a disease while not intending to cure the disease. With palliative care, the patient’s pain and other physical symptoms are managed; it is more focused on the patient and the family than the disease itself.

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2. The Goal of Palliative Care

Along with physical support and pain management, the goal of palliative care is to address all needs and decisions regarding the disease...

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Benefits of Hospice to Discuss With Your Loved One

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Hospice is difficult option to consider for your loved one even if you feel it could be for the best. However, many WhatNexters and caregivers agree that once the decision was made they felt a sense of peace knowing they put their loved one in the hands of trained professionals. Hospice is designed to comfort and support patients who will longer receive medical treatment. If you are struggling with this topic, there are a few benefits you may want to discuss with your loved one.

Hospice

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