Posts tagged “Survivorship”

10 Scholarships Cancer Survivors Can Apply For

by Bea Potter

College can be a challenge for all students, financially and emotionally, but this is especially true for students recovering from cancer. Many students battling cancer may feel that there is no point in carrying on with their education, and the crippling costs of college tuition only exacerbates this.

10 Scholarships Cancer Survivors Can Apply For

What we can see is that pursuing a personal goal has a profound impact on a patient’s emotional and psychological recovery. To overcome the financial concerns, there are a wide range of...

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How Celebrations Change After A Cancer Diagnosis

by Jackie Edwards

A Guest Post By Jackie Edwards

How Celebrations Change After A Cancer Diagnosis

No More Chemo Party

Palliative care provides relief for 90% of people living with late stage cancer, which leaves patients free to enjoy life as they always have. This means that you will likely have the privilege of celebrating your birthday, wedding anniversary, Christmas, or any other holiday which you normally mark annually. The cancer diagnosis might diminish your mood to partake in such occasions, but these events are more...

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An Awakening - 2 Time Survivor's Story

by GregP_WN

Today's Guest Blog Post is from Karen Rice, a two-time cancer survivor of breast and colon cancer. This is her story in her words. 

K. Rice 63years Of Age

When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer I reacted like many do; first thing came to mind was "a death sentence". However, I found out later it was truly "an awakening" for me, especially when I received bad news again later down the line. I was diagnosed with "colon cancer" a few years later, yet I'm still here to tell about them both. I first began...

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Survivor's Guilt - It's Real and How You Can Cope

by Jane Ashley

Survivor’s guilt happens to many people — survivors of an airplane crash where other passengers died, September 11th survivors of the Twin Towers, survivors of mass shootings. Most cancer survivors have never thought about survivor’s guilt . When we are diagnosed, we are focused on our treatment and hoping that we’ll survive. The thought that we’ll feel guilty about surviving never enters our minds.

Every Person Is Different

But then, someone who was in treatment at the same time succumbs to their disease or they...

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How to Get Back to Life After Treatment

by Jane Ashley

It’s the moment that we’ve waited for and dreamed of, our treatment is done. No more chemo or radiation — we’ve recovered from surgery. Our oncologist says to us, “We’ll see you in three months.” We go to check-out, expecting to feel elated, but it suddenly hits us that no one is going to checking on us for the next three months.

Live One Day At A Time (1)

You may experience an entirely different set of emotions than you expected. Instead of turning cartwheels of joy, you might feel “let-down” or “unsettled.” After...

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"Beachbum5817" Reaching Milestones in Her Life Once Thought Unobtainable

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Beachbum5817", a breast cancer survivor who has, as of this writing,  passed the five year mark by seven months. She shares her story of finding a lump through surgery, treatments, doubts, pain, lows, and highs, and through to being a five year survivor. This is her story.

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Above: Beachbum5817 and her Daughter celebrating after her last radiation treatment

I had my yearly mammogram in Sept. 2013, and I received a card in the mail saying that everything...

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Why Cancer Isn't Over When You Ring The Bell

by Jane Ashley

Most cancer patients expect that when they complete their cancer treatment, they’ll pick up where they left off with their lives. They think that it will be kind of like the SERVPRO slogan — Like it never even happened.

Sail Towards The Sun

We believe (or want to believe) that the time spent in cancer treatment was just a bad dream, and that once treatment has ended, we are done — finished — cured — never going back to those days again.

Are our expectations realistic?

Many cancer survivors are surprised when...

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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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Adding Life to Your Years

by Jane Ashley

You’ve just finished your last chemotherapy session, or you’ve just had your last radiation treatment. Or your pathology report from your surgery showed clean margins, no residual tumor and no positive lymph nodes – so you won’t be needing adjuvant (mop-up) chemotherapy.
They tell you, “We’ll see you in three months.”

Sunset

“WOW,” you think. You’re happy and relieved. You look forward to getting back to normal.
And then that little devil named “DOUBT and FEAR” whispers in your ear, “Yes, but what...

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Emotions You May Experience After Treatment Ends

by Jane Ashley

Most of us expect to feel jubilant and overjoyed when our treatment ends. But many of us find that it’s not that easy to transition back into “normal” life. People who haven’t experienced cancer firsthand, either as a patient or caregiver, don’t realize that just because we’re not taking medications does not mean that our cancer care is over.

Feeling Lonely

Cancer survivors have a “new normal.” We are cautiously optimistic while acknowledging our fear of recurrence. Our values may change – we may isolate...

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