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A strange journey (memories of a teenage girl)

by GregP_WN

This weeks Wednesday's WhatNexter Of The Week is Tracy. She is a long time Thyroid Cancer survivor of 37 years. Here is a little about her journey through Thyroid cancer, starting as a 14 year old.

Tracy High School

I was a teenager in the mid 70’s when diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer after being sick for several years. Luckily I lived in Seattle at this time so I was sent to Virginia Mason Clinic which was the major west coast cancer treatment center at this time.

This clinic was so busy that you had to be...

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After Cancer Treatment, How Do I Get Back to Being Me?

by Lisa Vento

Last year, this very weekend, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It seems so long ago because so much happened when I heard the words, “You have cancer.” to now a year later. As we all know, there are decisions and surgeries and treatment and within all of that is a loss of self.

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Lisa and her family

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I thought I knew who I was. I thought I was an uber-focused MOM (caps and emphasis, mine). I thought I was meant to be a local teacher so I could still do my number one which was to...

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How to Keep Occupied While Having Chemo

by GregP_WN

Those of us that have had the displeasure to sit in "the chair" for any length of time know how it can be a long sit, or at least seem like it's taking forever. Some patients report taking 8 hours or more to receive all of their pre-meds, fluids and actual chemo. In other cases, some patients have a slow drip for 24 hours. You're going to need something to keep your mind occupied. Here are some suggestions from patients that have come before you to keep occupied while having chemo.

Sara 1st Chemo

There are...

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In Memoriam Beth Caldwell, Advocate

by Elissa Malcohn

Beth Caldwell's death on Nov. 2 stunned and saddened the breast cancer and especially the metastatic breast cancer community, even though she had warned us. "I know a lot of you were hoping there’d be some miracle out of this PET, and this is not easy news to take in," Beth had written in her blog, "The Cult of Perfect Motherhood".

Beth Caldwell

"Watching your friends die is AWFUL. I’ve watched so many friends die, and it’s never been remotely OK. And now, y’all have to watch me die. But, that’s life. It’...

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Examples of how to "Live Your Life...Not Your Cancer"

by GregP_WN

At WhatNext, we are fond of the quote "Live Your Life....Not Your Cancer". What does that mean exactly? Very simply, it means to not get bogged down in your "cancer life". Cancer is a major part of your life while you're going through it, but it doesn't have to be all of it. Take every chance you get to do some things that are as far away from cancer as you can get. 

Live Your Life Not Your Cancer Banner

We all deserve to have a mind that is free and clear of all negative thoughts, visions of cancer trying to kill us and...

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Please Stop Saying "Call Me if I Can Do Anything"

by GregP_WN

Very soon after the diagnosis, we start hearing "call me if I can do anything". It's well meant, usually the gut twitch answer or the first thing that comes to mind of those we know. We understand that you mean well, and you probably would offer to help out somehow, if it isn't too much of a burden for you. 

Please Stop Saying Call Me If I Can Do Anything

But what you might not know is, we hear this every day from lots of people. From our closest friends who might actually do something to help, to the distant acquaintance that we...

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8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

by GregP_WN

So often people come back from their holidays joking that they need another holiday to recover, well although they may be joking, all too often holidays and travel, in general, are not as relaxing and restoring as we think. This is especially true if you’re burning the candle at both ends while you’re away having fun. Read on and see our 8 tips to stay healthy while traveling. 

8 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

The excitement builds in the days leading up to your travels, leaving your set routine behind for a week or...

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The Hidden Side Effects of Radiation

by GregP_WN

Radiation is a standard part of treatment for a large group of cancer types. Sometimes combined with chemotherapy, sometimes used on its own, and even sometimes with a mixture of other traditional treatments, surgery, and drugs. There are several hidden side effects that you may or may not be told to expect. Some of them show up quickly, but many wait years to show up. Some can be life threatening. 

Radiation Mask

You will find many people that say radiation was much easier to take than chemotherapy...

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Finding Hidden Blessings in a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN

Our Guest Blog Post today is from Pam Arabian, she is a breast cancer survivor and a Voice of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. She describes her experiences of going from a normal day living her life, to living her life with breast cancer, and how she is finding hidden blessings in a cancer diagnosis. 

Pamela Arabian With Son Matt Before Treatment                                           ...

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November Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 16)*
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Family Caregiver Month
Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Great American Smokeout   Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one killer of women in the US killing more than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. It is overlooked as the number one killer and overshadowed by breast cancer and the publicity that breast...

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