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Coping With Cabin Fever

by Jane Ashley

UGH!!! I hate winter. It’s cold, and it’s dark, it’s windy … HELP! I’ve got cabin fever.

Cabin Fever

Yeppers, cancer patients get cabin fever and the winter blues just like everyone one. We might be more prone to feeling down, depressed, and distressed than other people. All that we seem to do is go to the chemo center or the radiation center or stay home recovering from a recent surgery. And now, it looks like all that we hear on the news is coronavirus scares. So we might be avoiding crowds a little...

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Inspirational Quotes To Live By

by Jane Ashley

It seems that every person has advice to give us when we have cancer. One of them is to “stay positive.” Sometimes, we feel guilty when we don’t feel positive. Some folks want us to believe that that we might not have a good outcome from our treatment if we don’t “stay positive.” 

If They Can Do It

Other people might try to put a guilt trip on us if we don’t find a silver lining in our diagnosis.

There is so much emphasis in our culture on the “power of positive thinking” that some of us are lead to...

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month - Nov. 21 Is World Pancreatic Awareness Day

by Jane Ashley

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States — surpassing breast cancer — and is expected to surpass colon cancer deaths in 2020. Cancer deaths for other kinds of cancer are decreasing. 

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Unfortunately, death rates are increasing for pancreatic cancer; in fact, survival rates are virtually unchanged in the last 40 years.

Why? What can be done? Let’s learn more about why pancreatic cancer is so...

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The Value of Faith and Spirituality For People With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 69 percent of cancer patients pray for their health. A 2015 study of over 32,000 cancer patients found that patients with a religious or spiritual belief system reported feeling better. The study was published in 2015 in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Religions Of The World

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Researchers and colleagues from Moffitt Cancer Center examined several published studies of cancer patients...

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Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

Patients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer have many questions. Will I die? What’s my prognosis? Will the chemo make me sick? What about pain? Will I be able to work? What if I can’t work? Can I get into a clinical trial?

Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage Iv

Once a patient gets into treatment and the initial shock wears off, it’s common to wonder about and ask, “How do I find meaning and purpose in my life when I don’t know what the outcome is going to be?”

Other questions include, “How do I plan when I don’t even know if I can...

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Things to Do On the 4th of July

by Jane Ashley

The Fourth of July is always one of those happy times of the year. For many families, the Fourth of July has become the date for an annual family reunion. Traditions vary – everyone comes to grandma’s house – or the family rents a large beach house big enough for the entire family. 

Happy Fourth Of July


Even if there’s not a family reunion in your plans, plan to have fun on the Fourth of July. Maybe this is the year to start a new family tradition. Here are some fantastic ideas.

 
Go on a picnic to a...

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Keeping the Worry of Recurrence Out of Mind

by GregP_WN

Have you heard the expression "Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, but it steals today's peace"?  For cancer survivors, this is hard to do though. Here are some tips on keeping the worry of recurrence out of mind.

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That quote is full of TRUTH! I have always been a person with an extremely positive attitude. That was drilled into me when I was a young man starting out in the insurance business. Every day started with positive thoughts, positive affirmations, and the drive to...

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Great Books to Help You Through Treatments

by GregP_WN

Chemo can last 8 hours or more, waiting for hours in the waiting room and exam room for your doctor will add up to days by the end of your cancer journey. These little periods of time can be used to help you through the whole cancer thing by reading some great inspirational, motivational or educational books. You will have lots of time on your hands through this, so why not make good use of it? Here are some great books to help you through treatments. Our WhatNext Community suggested these:

Great Books To Read Through Chemo...

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Examples of how to "Live Your Life...Not Your Cancer"

by GregP_WN

At WhatNext, we are fond of the quote "Live Your Life....Not Your Cancer". What does that mean exactly? Very simply, it means to not get bogged down in your "cancer life". Cancer is a major part of your life while you're going through it, but it doesn't have to be all of it. Take every chance you get to do some things that are as far away from cancer as you can get. 

Live Your Life Not Your Cancer Banner

We all deserve to have a mind that is free and clear of all negative thoughts, visions of cancer trying to kill us and...

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Finding Hidden Blessings in a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN

Our Guest Blog Post today is from Pam Arabian, she is a breast cancer survivor and a Voice of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. She describes her experiences of going from a normal day living her life, to living her life with breast cancer, and how she is finding hidden blessings in a cancer diagnosis. 

Pamela Arabian With Son Matt Before Treatment                                           ...

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