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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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Cancer Awareness for September

by GregP_WN

September is a busy month for cancer awareness and events. This month these types of cancer and conditions are recognized.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (typically the last week in September)
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness 

Ask anyone with a child that has been diagnosed with...

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24 Survivor's Tips to Better Handle Chemo and Radiation

by GregP_WN

You have been given the three-word sentence that none of us ever wants to hear... YOU HAVE CANCER! For many of us, your head is spinning and you may not even be able to hear anything else that the Dr. tells you after that. The information starts coming at you like water out of a hose drowning you in the face. 

24 Ways Tips To Better Handle Chemo And Radiation

They will tell you the type of cancer, the location, eventually, they will tell you the stage, and maybe a plan of treatment. One common part of treatment is chemotherapy. There...

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Things We Didn't Expect From Cancer Treatments - But Wish We Did

by GregP_WN

After you get the cancer diagnosis, the next thing you usually get is a plan of treatment. A road map of what's going to happen, when and approximately how long they expect it to take. Keep in mind that this treatment plan is subject to change when problems, side effects or other issues pop up, and they usually do! They will tell you lots of things to expect, but these are some things that happened, that we didn't expect from cancer treatments, but wish we did. 

Side Effects We Wish We Had Known About

The term "treatments"...

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Get Cancer Support, Inspiration, Motivation and Education, at WhatNext.com

by GregP_WN

WhatNext was formed to allow cancer patients, their family, friends, and caregivers to connect and share their personal cancer experiences along the way. Have you ever heard someone say "you just wouldn't understand since you haven't been through it"? Well, it's true in the case of cancer. A cancer patient will understand and have empathy for you when you tell them about the side effects you're having after chemo. 

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They will understand when you tell them about nausea that the radiation...

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