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Celebrate & Remember - My Relay Story

by GregP_WN

In January of 2012, I learned about Relay for Life when I was a participant in the LiveStrong program at my local YMCA. Our small group of survivors agreed it would be a fun event to join so I stepped up (at my first Relay ever!) as Captain of our Team called Team “Y Not?”

Lisa And Mom

Lisa and Her Mother

In 2010 I had lost my mother to lung cancer. She battled for two years, and I was diagnosed just four months after her with AML Leukemia. At that time we fought our way through day in and day out,...

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5 Wacky Ways Your Hair Might Grow Back After Chemo

by GregP_WN

Of all the side effects of chemotherapy, hair loss is one of the most obvious. Hair loss is not certain; every person is different. But if you do lose your hair during chemo, typically hair will really start to grow back when chemotherapy treatment is over at about 6-10 weeks.

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And while WhatNexter’s were glad, they were also a little bit surprised. Hair after chemo might grow in differently than before and could continue to change. Ultimately WhatNexter’s made the best of it and found a way...

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9 Ideas to Celebrate No More Chemo

by GregP_WN

Whether it is a “No More Chemo” party, planning a fun trip, or doing something special for yourself, the end of chemotherapy treatment is typically a major milestone along one’s cancer.

No More Chemo Party

Often WhatNexter’s feel happy about ending treatment, but also still a little shaky about moving forward with their life. Celebrating the end of treatment may boost your confidence that you really did just conquer something and that it is okay to be proud of that.

1. Have a Potluck, BBQ, or Backyard Party
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Top 5 Things Men Can Do About Cancer

by GregP_WN

Prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer are the four most common types of cancers that affect men. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Week it is important to know what you can do about cancer prevention and early detection. Below are some things you may want to be aware of in order to take your life into your own hands.

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1. Early Detection of Prostate Cancer
About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The chance of a man getting prostate cancer increases with...

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A Cheat Sheet to Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight

by GregP_WN

Cancer statistics on body weight and cancer risk are eye opening for people with or without cancer. Approximately 2 out of 3 Americans are considered overweight or obese; poor nutrition and/or physical inactivity is the cause of 1 in 3 cancer deaths. Fortunately, you can take control of your weight and start making healthier choices. Below are a few things you may want to know about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Why Pay Attention

Being overweight or obese raises a person’s...

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7 Inspiring Ways to Cope With Your Cancer Prognosis

by GregP_WN

All WhatNexter’s have a unique diagnosis story, that “oh no” moment of shock when they find out about their cancer. The next steps of digesting a cancer prognosis can be difficult; often the process goes from shock to sadness to finding a way to fight. It may help to read inspiring ways that other WhatNexter’s have coped with their prognosis. If you have just been diagnosed with cancer, we hope these tidbits from WhatNexter’s will help you find your own ways to cope.

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Get Past the Shock
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Finding the Right Support Group for You

by GregP_WN

Support groups are often suggested for cancer patients because it helps them deal with the wide range of emotions they experience through their diagnosis, treatment, and even remission. Even with all the resources available to you it is difficult to find the right support group. Here are some tips that may help.

Support Group

If you are unsure about seeking a support group, below are some reasons that other WhatNexter’s have joined.

I joined a support group when I felt alone and had low self-esteem. -...

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How to Care for Your Scalp During Chemotherapy

by GregP_WN

Hair loss during chemotherapy treatment can make anyone feel self-conscious. Not only that, but not many people know how to care for their bald head caused by chemo. Below are some notes shared by WhatNexter’s about how they cared for their scalp during chemotherapy. As one of our WhatNexter’s put it, you’ve got to let your balditude shine!

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This information is from WhatNexter’s themselves and should not substitute the advice of a health care professional. Consult your doctor about these...

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4 Reasons to Quit Smoking and Tips on How to Do It

by GregP_WN

A lot of smokers say, “Don’t tell me why to quit, tell me how.” Hopefully this information will provide you with the things you need to know about quitting smoking and tips on how to do it.

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1. Smoking kills people.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. That means we can do something about it. There are approximately 45 million smokers in the U.S. and 1/2 of the people that smoke will die because of a smoking related illness. A smoker loses 10 years life...

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15 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Begin Chemotherapy

by GregP_WN

A lot of people with cancer have heard of common side effects of chemotherapy but may not be clear on other important details about the treatment. A good way to understand the treatment plan ahead is to consult with your doctor. Here are 15 questions to ask your doctor before beginning chemotherapy and a few tips for beginners from WhatNexter’s themselves.

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1. What’s the goal of the chemo for my cancer?
2. What are the chances that the chemo will work?
3. After the chemo will I be cured, in...

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