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Beating Stage IV Cancer, Twice - With a Little Help From Her Relay Family

by GregP_WN.

In the fall of 2011, Twyla Varnado "T-Birdie, began teaching a beautiful little girl by the name of Zaria AKA “Pook” Johnson in her Sunday school class full of four-year-olds. One day, Twyla asked Zaria’s mother why the little girl didn't have any hair or eyebrows. 

Twyla Varnado

She told her about Zaria’s cancer journey. That following January, Zaria passed away. It was that year, in 2012, when Zaria’s mother asked Twyla to be on her Relay For Life team.

“I attended meetings with her and at one of...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark

by GregP_WN.

Cancer leaves a mark, in many ways. There are the inevitable scars from surgery, bruises from injections or treatments, skin burns and peeling from radiation, and then there are the mental scars, the flashbacks when you smell something or hear something, and even PTSD that never seem to go away. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

The average person on the street doesn't know or understand all of the ways that we are marked for life by cancer, because as many survivors say, "you can't understand it if you haven't been...

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The Positive Side of "Pinktober"

by GregP_WN.

For those in the cancer community, October doesn’t mean Halloween, or football, or changing leaves. October means “Pink,” and the big push for breast cancer awareness.

The Positive Side Of Pinktober

Of course, by mid-month, you’d truly have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the Breast Cancer awareness push – whether you’re in part of the cancer community or not. It’s inescapable. From 3rd grade to the pros, football players don pink socks or gloves. Pink ribbons festoon local stores and municipal buildings. Pink...

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5 Tips for Coping With a Rare Cancer

by Hannah Bessinger.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer understands the sinking feeling and paralyzing fear that quickly sets in. Your mind races through treatment options and side effects, and you become fixated on how you and your family are going to cope with the uncertainty to come.

Rare Cancers

For people who have been diagnosed with rare cancers, that fear and uncertainty can become compounded by feelings of isolation. Patients with rare types of cancer often find it difficult to get information, locate a...

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Don't Know What to Say to Someone With Cancer? Send a Text of Support

by GregP_WN.

When you're diagnosed with cancer people are shocked, they don't know what to say, some people won't say anything, while others will say things that are rude or insensitive. Try not to take it personally, they are just trying to come up with something to say. We have found that a large number of our WhatNexters would appreciate loved ones checking in on them by text as good as a telephone call or even as much as stopping by.

Texts To Cancer Patients

A text is quick, and it eliminates that awkward moment when the...

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12 Hard Truths About Having Cancer

by GregP_WN.

When you hear the words that you have cancer, lots of things change. Some of them won't be that bad, but a lot of them will straight up suck. Saying that your life will never be the same again isn't a stretch. It's not ALL going to be terrible, but here are 12 hard truths about having cancer. 

12 Hard Truths About Cancer

1) Your Old Life Is Gone - From the time of your diagnosis until you're done with treatment and move on into survivorship, things will not be the same. Some people lose their jobs because of...

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Cancer

by GregP_WN.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two forms of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs were designed to help people in need. 

How To Apply For Social Security Disability With Cancer

Various Kinds of Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic experience, so your emotional and mental health should be given consideration...

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Kicking Cancer with the Help of Connected Technology

by Beth Kotz.

Living in our digitally-driven world, there are more ways than ever before to connect to treatment and recovery resources as well as other members of the cancer community. The vast array of wearable gadgets, apps, and intelligent “smart” home systems available offer different personalized health functions, with more new features added every day. 

Kicking Cancer With The Help Of Connected Technology

No matter where you fall on the tech-savvy spectrum, there are ways to leverage new digital health tools to your advantage – read on for a...

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Are You Prepared for a Disaster as a Cancer Patient?

by GregP_WN.

With all the hurricanes hitting the US lately, combined with the occasional tornado, flood, earthquake, ice storm, wildfire or other disasters, everyone should be like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Are you prepared for a disaster as a cancer patient? We have special needs and should take those into consideration if we should need to leave home or have to shelter in place at home without electricity for a while. 

Are You Prepared For A Disaster As A Cancer Patient

A lot of people say "it will never happen to me", we won't have to evacuate....

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Is Cancer REALLY Over, When It's Over?

by GregP_WN.

From the time of diagnosis, through all of the surgeries, treatments, fighting the side effects and everything else that comes with a cancer diagnosis, you have heard "stay strong, it will be over soon ". But is cancer really over, when it's over? 

Is Cancer Really Over When It's Over

Your average person will not understand what we survivors mean. How can it not be over? You're not taking treatments any longer, the doctor said you were good to go. All we have to do now is come back for checkups, the occasional scan or...

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