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15 More Things Cancer Taught Me

by GregP_WN.

When you get the diagnosis, and the Doctor tells you, "you have cancer", life as you knew it has stopped, ceased to exist, and now your new life with cancer, has taken over. 

Things Cancer Taught Me

Ask any person on the street that hasn't had cancer what they know about cancer and you will get lots of generic answers. Like, "it's terrible", "it's a killer", "my Mom died from that", or "you don't have long to live" and old standards like "you get it from smoking" and "a bad diet caused it". There may be some...

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So You're Getting a Colostomy? This is What it's Like

by Michael Holtz.

So You're Getting A Colostomy

Editor's Note - Our Blog Post today is from Michael Holtz, a WhatNexter and Stage 3b-colon cancer survivor who has been through treatment and dealt with everything that a cancer diagnosis throws at us, then was given the news that he would have to wear a colostomy bag. Not only has he dealt with it like a boss but has gone on to prove to himself and everyone who will notice, that having a colostomy doesn't mean your life and all your activities are over. Have a read of his contribution...

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September Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN.

September a busy month for cancer awareness, it is the month to bring awareness to:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancers

From www.childrenscancer.org/gogold, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting our groundbreaking research.

During the month of September:

25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or...

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Cancer..... In 6 Words

by GregP_WN.

There are hundreds of descriptions of cancer, some dark, some realistic, some humorous. Ask a cancer survivor for a description of cancer and they will have a hard time trying to decide which description to give, we have many. We asked the WhatNext Community for a 6 word description of their cancer journey and this is what they said. 

"It's not easy, but I'm alive" - Angeldancer

Cancer In 6 Words Angeldancer

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"Disbelief, fear, anxiety, adjust, love, optimism." - Whitey61

"Fought my worst enemy and won" -Leesa22...

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Things Cancer Patients Love, That Money Can't Buy

by GregP_WN.

We have all read the lists of things money can't buy before like love, morals, respect, character or patience. Here are some cancer related things that money can't buy that will hit home with cancer patients and their caregivers. Take a look and see if any of these sound familiar.

Things Cancer Patients Love, But Money Can't Buy 2

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That moment when your pain lifts after having gone through hours of unbearable pain. You know that feeling, when after you have been up all night because the pain wouldn't let you have anything other than a...

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Things I Didn't Expect From My Experience With Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Maybe you have a preconceived idea about what it would be like to have cancer. Most of us have thought about some of the worst things that could happen to us in life, cancer ranks up near the top. But out of all of the things you thought would happen, here are some things that these cancer survivors at WhatNext never expected to hear, see or experience. 

Things I Never Expected From My Experiences With Cancer

markfeller - I did not expect it to be so easy to survive! Being told 12 years ago that I had 7 years to live with stage 4...

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10 Ways to Cope With Chemo Treatments

by GregP_WN.

One of the most feared parts of a cancer diagnosis is the chemotherapy. Talk to anyone who has never had cancer and that's one of the first things they will bring up. Many people start repeating the stories they have heard, the myths that have been passed around about how horrible chemo is. I have heard many people say, "it's not cancer that kills you, it's the chemo". 

10 Ways To Cope With Chemo, What Next

Note that these are usually those who have never even been in a treatment facility much less had chemo themselves. In...

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How Can You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer?

by GregP_WN.

WhatNexter "JHale17" recently posed this question to the Community about getting back to being "happy" when dealing with cancer. The questions are; can you, did you ever lose happiness, were you happy to begin with? There is a lot to consider, but happiness is a state of mind, and if you can control your view of your life, your space in the world, and compare that to others, you may find it's easier to be happy than you think!

How Do You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer

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Some people never actually lose their happiness. They have the...

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Taking it "One Day at a Time" - When Dealing With Cancer

by GregP_WN.

If you have been diagnosed for any length of time at all, someone has probably told you to "just take it one day at a time".  OK, great, but how? What does this even mean? We asked the WhatNext Community how they did this, and these are some of the tips they gave on how to do that. 

Take It One Day At A Time

HeidiJo - "When I was having a bad day, I would think " let's get through today, tomorrow will be better" But sometimes the day was so bad, I couldn't imagine having to wait until tomorrow for it to be...

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Buckeye Shelby - An Inspiring Stage IV Cancer Patient That Beat the Odds

by GregP_WN.

"BuckeyeShelby"

A stage III or IV cancer diagnosis is not what you want when you get your initial diagnosis. These are considered "late stage", but they aren't always as bad as you may have heard. With new drugs and advancements in treatments, more and more people are beating the odds.  WhatNexter "BuckeyeShelby" is another example of someone who was told she had Stave IV cancer and didn't have long, but has beat those odds. She describes how in our WhatNexter highlight today. 

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