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Steve Garvey contributes to prostate cancer awareness via his own battle

by GregP_WN

Steve Garvey, former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres first baseman, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2012. His cancer was removed in October; Garvey has resolved to spend a considerable amount of his time and money raising awareness for the cancer. Garvey feels a strong calling on behalf of his disease.

Steve Garvey

Garvey was surprised by his diagnosis, but he has some family history of prostate cancer. His father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 64 and lived for 19 years...

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Tongue Cancer Survivor Inspires Judges and World on British X-Factor

by GregP_WN

Karl Dimachki , tongue cancer survivor, wowed the judges and all viewers of the British X-Factor with his beautiful singing voice and inspiring story. Dimachki was diagnosed with tongue cancer 16 months ago; he had half of his tongue removed, portions of cancer shaved from his voice box, and lymph nodes removed. The doctors told him it would take 3-5 years to get his voice back to normal; 15 months later Dimachki’s voice sounds more beautiful than ever.

An avid singer before his...

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Jerry Buss - Dies after his struggle with cancer

by GregP_WN

Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away on February 18 after a long battle with cancer. Although Buss’ cancer journey was kept private in recent years, it was known that over the past 18 months his health and prognosis was poor. Buss, while he was in the thick of his battle with cancer, actually died of kidney failure. Family and friends were brought to his side on February 14 to begin to say their goodbyes.

Jerry

Buss was a prominent forerunner in the development of the Lakers...

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The Wonder of Therapy Dogs

by GregP_WN

I don’t know if is a result of the recent dog shows that have been airing or another reason, but I have been thinking about the day of my last surgery and a wonderful therapy dog that I met that day. I had been prepared for the operation, the IV had been inserted, and I was just waiting for my turn when my nurse and another woman entered the room with this dog.

Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dog Ely visiting a patient

At first I was startled because I couldn’t imagine a dog in a room with a patient who was in a...

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Ben Pike - Toledo defensive lineman leaves football to care for fiance with leukemia

by GregP_WN

In an act of unconditional love, defensive lineman Ben Pike, is leaving his football career to care for his fiancé battling leukemia. Ashlee Barrett, former basketball player for Toledo, was diagnosed with leukemia last year; her leukemia has returned as of last month. Barrett is currently halfway through her second round of chemotherapy.

Ben Pike

Pike truly exhibits his committed love by giving up his position on a Division I football team with a year of eligibility left. Pike will graduate this...

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Tom Aspell - Dies After 2-Year Battle With Lung Cancer

by GregP_WN

At 62 years old, retired NBC foreign news correspondent died Monday after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Aspell worked with NBC for 28 years.

The longtime career with NBC is remembered over his battle with cancer. His ability to leave a legacy, even in his sickness, is notable. Co-workers report that Aspell was humble, shrewd, quick on his toes, cool under pressure, and certainly outstanding in his field.

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Aspell covered the fall of Saigon along with the capture of Saddam Hussein, the...

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Healthy Dessert – Isn’t That an Oxymoron?

by GregP_WN

Kendall Scott, CHHC

In my quest to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle after my cancer diagnosis at the age of 27, I’ve realized that there is one thing I just can’t (or won’t?) give up: Dessert.

Oatmeal Raisin Balls

Sweets seem to serve multiple purposes in my life. They help to pick me up after a bad, stressful day. They are a reward to myself after working hard on something or feeling like I just deserve a “sweet” break. And they also offer a sense of camaraderie with my girlfriends. (I mean,...

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Our WhatNexter of The Week

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of The Week is SusanK. Susan is a Breast Cancer Survivor and shares her story with us.

My journey with breast cancer began in October 2011 with a routine mammogram. The next day I went to my daughter's home 150 miles away for a visit when my cell rang. Could I go in for a second mammogram? I could do that in a week or so, I said. A few minutes later, my family doctor called. Could I maybe go back tomorrow for another mammogram and possibly an ultra-sound? I knew my "routine"...

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3 kinds of survivors

by GregP_WN

As I sat last weekend at our Relay For Life Kick-Off event, I listened to one of this year's Heroes of Hope for Nebraska. A breast cancer survivor, Nancy was speaking about her story and how she is hope for other cancer patients. She brought back memories of the Relay for Life Summit I had attended in Lincoln, NE in October 2012. There I witnessed a tongue cancer survivor speak through his "magic microphone" about his journey and how his grandson's friends were so very curious about why Mr....

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Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Cancer Risk

by GregP_WN

Cancer is one of the leading killers in the developed world, accounting for nearly 1 in every 4 deaths. Research on diseases up to the mid-19th century has shown that cancer was once a rare occurrence; today, however, it is rare to find someone who doesn’t have a relative or loved one who is or has been affected by it.

Lifestyle Changes

While a number of different factors have played a part in the fact that cancer has become so widespread in our society today, one of the main culprits is the drastic way our...

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