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Hot Under the Collar? - How to Cope with Anger and Cancer

by GregP_WN

In the whirlwind of emotions that come with hearing you are diagnosed with cancer, anger is a common emotion. People with cancer may experience anger with their caregivers, doctors, loved ones, or with themselves.Here are 10 feelings of anger that WhatNexter’s have experienced and some of their solutions to dealing with each source of anger.

Angry Man

1. When you feel angry because your loved ones don’t “get it”...
- Cancer may feel very isolating; it is likely that your family or loved ones will not...

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Cancer Can Be Isolating

by GregP_WN

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can become quite isolating for both the patient and the family. Often times, friends and family may feel their visit is an imposition not wanting to “get in the way” or “bother the patient.” This couldn’t be further from the truth, at least not in our case.


A large part of treatment is the positive reinforcement patients hear not only from their healthcare professionals but from family and friends alike. Day after day, week after week, we received...

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Ben Pike - Toledo defensive lineman leaves football to care for fiance with leukemia

by GregP_WN

In an act of unconditional love, defensive lineman Ben Pike, is leaving his football career to care for his fiancé battling leukemia. Ashlee Barrett, former basketball player for Toledo, was diagnosed with leukemia last year; her leukemia has returned as of last month. Barrett is currently halfway through her second round of chemotherapy.

Ben Pike

Pike truly exhibits his committed love by giving up his position on a Division I football team with a year of eligibility left. Pike will graduate this...

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Create Happiness - When Someone You Know Has Cancer

by GregP_WN

Today's Blog Post is from WhatNexter Barbara Jacoby from the Website Barbara is a two time breast cancer survivor and she also lost her Father to lung cancer and Brother to renal cancer. As you might imagine, cancer advocacy and supporting other cancer patients and survivors is a passion of hers. 

Barbara Jacoby Let Life Happen

One of the toughest things that a person will ever have to deal with is finding out that someone they know has cancer. What do you say? What can you do? What do they...

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by GregP_WN

Today we have a guest blog post from Rob Harris from Rob Cares, a website on how to be a great caregiver. He has some great tips today on helping your loved one get through those difficult times that are bound to come up.

11 21 Handrobcares

What does a patient go through? One day, they are an independent, thriving, happy child or adult. The next, they are prisoners. It doesn’t have to be in a hospital. One can be held captive just as easily in their own home.

Most patients are poked and prodded. They have...

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10 Tips for Someone Diagnosed with Cancer

by KarenG_WN


Background: 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 are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Once you or a loved one are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you have so many questions, fears and concerns. How am I going to get through this? Where do I...

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Reducing Stress from Your Life

by Rob Harris aka RobCares

Stress 1 150x99Consider the typical work week. Which day do you look forward to? Which day do you dread? The answer is fairly obvious isn’t it?
Unless you come from another planet, you are like most of us: love Fridays and dread Mondays. Our hatred of Mondays begins on Sunday, somewhere between noon and dinner time. Does it have to be that way? If Friday is, indeed, the least stressful day of the week, why can’t all days be like Friday? What is preventing us from thinking this way?

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Why I Do a Monthly Self Breast Exam

by Staci1219

Staci 60 DayWhen my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 59 it was a shock to my whole family. They found it through a regular routine checkup, she had to have a lumpectomy and remove some lymph nodes.

After she recovered from the surgery she started on a round of Chemo and radiation. Mom was a trooper through all that, she had her good days and bad days like everybody does but she got thru it.

A year to the day later she went back for her check up and found out she had AML(acute myloid...

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Inspiring New Book for Caregivers Offers Tips, Laughs & Hope

by Karen Glowacki

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When Rob Harris of found out his wife was diagnosed with cancer (the first time), he found himself with a new role, "cancer caregiver." After supporting is wife through her second diagnosis, Rob was inspired to help other caregivers be as effective and empowered as possible. We sat down with Rob (also a WhatNext-er) to learn more about his inspiring new book, a love story that provides practical tips for the caregiver.

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