Posts tagged “Cancer Support”

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

by GregP_WN

At times, it can feel like everything is crashing around you. Whether it’s problems with your health, family, work, or something else, the phrase “When it rains, it pours” can sound all too real. You wonder how you’ll find solutions, and how you can move forward.

Everything Happens For A Reason

You call your closest friend about what you’re going through, and after a brief silence on their end, they respond: “Well, everything happens for a reason.” …Does it?

We asked the WhatNext community how they felt when they heard “...

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9 Things to Remember If You Love a Person With Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Cancer can often be the first thing you think of when you see or think about a person. Loved ones might not mean that in a harmful way, it just happens because it is in the forefront of everyone's mind. But, if you love someone with cancer, here are a few things you might want to remember. Feel free to pass these on to anyone you think might be touched by them or who is closely affected by cancer.

9 Things To Remember When You Love Someone With Cancer

1. People with cancer are still normal and want to talk about normal things.

Friends As A Distraction

"It feels good...

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6 Ways to Deal With the Waiting Game of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

No one enjoys waiting. But, the waiting game gets more serious when you are waiting on cancer. Whether you are waiting for news of your diagnosis, scans, or waiting to be done with this whole business - waiting can be hard. Here are a few ways to deal with the waiting part of cancer from WhatNexters themselves. 

Deal With The Waiting Game Of Cancer

"I'm scared to ask "What next?" but it's all I can think about. All I can hope for is that things get better when you know I'm in treatment." - Rosina 

While you are ...

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Patient to Patient: Encouraging Things People With Cancer Say to Each Other

by Brittany McNabb

If you have ever heard that a friend is diagnosed with cancer, seen someone out in public that looks like they are battling cancer, or been around other patients in your cancer treatment center, you may have felt the urge to provide words of comfort. Words exchanged from patient to patient can be very valuable. Even on WhatNext, just a "I get it" can make a huge difference. 

Encouraging Things People With Cancer Say To Each Other

Here are a few things that WhatNexters have said to one another that have made a big difference. After all, words...

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6 Ways to Help a Loved One Battle Cancer From a Distance

by Brittany McNabb

We all want to be there for our loved ones fighting cancer, but what if you can't physically be there? There are many creative ways to be there without being there. Here are seven specific suggestions from WhatNexters that have gotten or given support to their long-distance loved one.

7 Ways To Support A Loved One With Cancer From A Distance

1. Keep In Touch Over the Phone or Email

"I had one friend send regular text messages and emails - silly little pick me up, nonsense messages that were meant to take my mind off things and smile if only for a...

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5 Reasons Why Quality Time is the Best Gift

by Brittany McNabb

Spending time with someone who has cancer can give them a shoulder to lean on, a distraction from the stress of cancer, and can make them feel more confident in their fight. Here are 5 reasons why quality time is one of the best gifts you can give. 

1. You can talk about things other than cancer. 

Restoring normalcy by talking about things other than cancer can be valuable to people with cancer. Getting a break from the "cancer world" and talking about books, movies, hobbies,...

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13 Things Cancer Cannot Do

by Brittany McNabb

Background: WhatNext.com 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 WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Cancer can turn your life upside down, it can take your hair, your health, your time, your energy, and parts of your physical body, but here are some things...

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A Physician with Cancer: It's Just as Scary

by bnmcnabb

Physician To Patient

WhatNexter of the week, Zubsha, shares her incredible journey of going from a primary care physician to a cancer patient. She explains that no one can really be prepared for a cancer diagnosis but within herself she found strength and is now moving onward and upward with her life. Read her unique perspective below.

On January 3, 2012 I became something I have never been before. I became a vulnerable, sick person with a diagnosis that required others to care for me. This kind of event is...

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10 Things Cancer Patients Love to Hear

by bnmcnabb

Things Cancer Patients Love To Hear

Background: WhatNext.com 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 WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

"Once someone said to me, 'I'll ride the waves with you till the storm calms,' and that meant a lot to me because I knew they would be with me no matter...

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Supporting Those With Cancer

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Recently we had a question from WhatNexter OneHeart on the site about how to support the one you love with cancer. In response, another WhatNexter mentioned that sometimes it is important to wait for cues from your loved one to find out how much help they need or want. By asking questions you can give them control of their care before doing too much or overstepping your boundaries.

Support

Here is a list of questions, inspired by WhatNexters that you may want to try asking your loved one while...

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