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4 Ways to Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

by Brian English

Muscle loss as the result of cancer treatment can make a serious dent in your quality of life. Most patients will have to endure the extreme fatigue associated with muscle loss. But it doesn’t just keep you from returning to your daily routine – it sneaks up on you.

4 Ways To Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

WhatNext Community Manager, GregP_WN remembers trying to split wood like he did before his treatment, and only being able to get through six logs. “My mind said, ‘Sure you can do it,’ but my body said, ‘waaaiiiit a minute,’...

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Achieving Personal Wellness With an Attitude of Gratitude

by Brittany McNabb

Part of the cancer journey is learning to thrive with tools like positivity, hope, and gratitude. Gratitude is a specific choice to change your perspective and view your situation with thankfulness and appreciation. A genuine feeling of thankfulness can be difficult when cancer comes into your life. However, for those WhatNexters who have learned to embrace gratitude, it seems to lighten their load.

Achieving Personal Wellness With Gratitude

Gratitude is not a blind acceptance of a situation. Gratitude is a calculated choice to view...

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Ways to Look Good When Fighting Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Ways To Look Good

Most men and women, when diagnosed with cancer, know they can and will fight it with all they've got. But sometimes it can feel like the small things are the things that are blindsiding. That's, losing your hair, weight changes, fatigue, and going through other physical changes that can make you feel self-conscious. The inspiring thing is that so many people with cancer literally face this opposition head-on!

There are many stories about shaving head parties, shopping sprees, and fun...

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6 Ways to Be Vigilant About Your Health After Cancer Treatment

by Brittany McNabb

WhatNexter HearMeRoar recently shared an article from the CancerNetwork blog written by Rebecca Bechhold, MD, called "Survivorship is Not a Passive Sport." Bechhold says that many people with cancer would walk through a ring of fire to get to the point where they are considered cancer free, but sometimes life after cancer is not met with such vigilance. 

Cancer Patient Swimming


Beechold says that if everyday habits are put in place post-treatment (even if they seem mundane or unnecessary)...

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You're in Remission: What Next?

by Brittany McNabb

Remission What Next Life After Cancer

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 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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What does it mean to live one day at a time?

by Brittany McNabb

What Does It Mean To Live One Day At A Time?

People with cancer are often told to "just live one day at a time!" But what exactly does that mean? WhatNexters agree that it helps to have a day-by-day mindset but that you have to find personal ways that will work for you. You may find that it is easier said than done but that the reward is great. Here are some comments from WhatNexters that explain how they are living one day at a time.

Living one day at a time means you...

1. Pay Attention to Immediate Concerns

Focus On Today


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Have you lost weight because of cancer? - Ideas on How to Get Back to a Healthy Weight

by GregP_WN

Cancer can affect weight and how your body reacts to certain foods. Some cancer patients experience weight loss due to trouble swallowing, loss of appetite, or other complications before, during, or after cancer treatment. Weight gain is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment, but some WhatNexter’s also report weight loss before, during, or after cancer treatment. 

Losing Weight After Chemo

Some WhatNexter’s have found that simply adjusting what they put in their body and what they keep out can help the...

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Getting Active After Chemotherapy - Every Little Bit Counts

by GregP_WN

A cancer diagnosis may seem like it puts a damper on your exercise routine. Whether exercise was or was not an important part of your life before your diagnosis, a lot of WhatNexter’s find that it is important to get active and stay in shape after chemotherapy. The thing is, every little bit counts. Below is some information that cancer patients may want to know about what exercise can do for them after cancer treatment.

Staying Active

The most reliable and trustworthy source to go for information is your...

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10 Simple Ways to Change Your Eating Habits After You’re Diagnosed with Cancer

by GregP_WN

Let’s take this one step at a time. No gimmicks, no calorie counting, no purging your pantry of all carbs, instead here are 10 simple ways that will start the process of changing your eating habits today shared by other people with cancer.

Cancer And Nutrition

1. Talk to Your Doctor
Find out from your doctor about your nutritional needs as it relates to your type of cancer, your current state of health, and your future treatment. It is likely that they will tell you to “eat healthy,” but discussing specifics...

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Top 5 Things Men Can Do About Cancer

by GregP_WN

Prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer are the four most common types of cancers that affect men. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Week it is important to know what you can do about cancer prevention and early detection. Below are some things you may want to be aware of in order to take your life into your own hands.

Dr With Male Patient

1. Early Detection of Prostate Cancer
About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The chance of a man getting prostate cancer increases with...

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