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Choose Happy

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that each of us can choose to be happy? It turns out that we, humans, are hard-wired to feel joy and happiness.
Early humankind focused almost all of their waking hours just trying to survive – finding food to eat, keeping warm or finding shelter from the heat of the day, and protecting themselves from danger — they discovered simple pleasures too. Simple pleasures are defined as activities that do not contribute to one’s survival.

Choose Happy

• Music. Evidence of the ancestors of...

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Just Say No - To Negativity

by Jane Ashley

We have all experienced negative thoughts and feelings at diagnosis, during treatment, and afterward. Although it may be “normal” to experience negativity, those negative thoughts and feelings only serve to drag us down — robbing us of today’s joy.

Not Afraid Of The Storms

How do we quiet those voices in our heads? Does this mean that we always have to be “positive?” Does this mean we shouldn’t face reality? Do we always have to have a smile on our faces? The answer to all of those questions is no.

What, then, is...

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Maintaining Hope About Your Cancer While Being Realistic

by Jane Ashley

A cancer diagnosis is a tough diagnosis. Just look at what each of us faces.

Never Lose Hope

• Cancer is just plain scary.
• What about the side effects?
• It’s gonna be expensive.
• We might die.
• We might not be able to work.
• Fear of the unknown.
• What about my family?

Yet, we have to come to terms with our diagnosis and learn how to live with the uncertainly that a cancer diagnosis brings. If we don’t reconcile ourselves to our “new reality,” we’re liable to drive ourselves and our family crazy.

What...

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What To Order At The WhatNext Virtual Cafe?

by Jane Ashley

Some of you might remember Greg, our patient leader, posting what he was going to eat as his last meal before his laryngectomy. His wife asked him what he wanted as his “Last Meal.” Greg received some great menu ideas.

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So we fast forward to two months later, and eating out at restaurants is no longer an option. Depending on where you live, it’s either mandatory or optional to “shelter-in-place.” Our already stressful life as a cancer patient in active treatment or as a cancer survivor is...

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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. 

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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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