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Frustration - A Big Side Effect of Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Nowhere is frustration ever listed as a possible side effect of cancer, but as we all learn soon enough, frustration is a BIG side effect of cancer.
Frustration comes from all angles – from the diagnosis process to the waiting for treatment to begin to the crazy/stupid things people tell you to do to cure your cancer. So let’s look at frustration. My bet is that most of you have already experienced several of these frustrations.

A Hug Will Have To Do

Waiting for the diagnosis.

How long did it take for you to get...

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Acceptance - A Key Factor in Moving Forward With Your Cancer Diagnosis

by Jane Ashley

We all remember that day … the day time stood still … the day that we learned we had cancer. Sometimes, we have symptoms and seek out a diagnosis hoping against hope that it isn’t cancer. For others, the diagnosis comes as a result of an annual physical or annual mammogram without a hint of impending trouble.

Acceptance

Regardless of the circumstances of our diagnosis, we will never forget the day. Many of us call it our “Cancerversary.”

I don’t know about you, but I can recall the exact the words...

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Liver Cancer - The "Other" Diagnosis for October Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

Liver cancer is one of the diagnoses that are highlighted during the month of October for cancer awareness. It gets overshadowed by the attention that gets put on breast cancer awareness, but all cancers matter, so we highlight liver cancer today.

Liver Cancer Awareness

The American Liver Foundation's website has a ton of good information about liver cancer, symptoms, treatments, and resources. Their website says:

"It’s October, and that means it’s almost Liver Cancer Awareness Month! For the fifth year in a row,...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

October is a time when we honor those with breast cancer, whether they are in active treatment or are survivors or succumbed to their disease years ago. While breast cancer is extremely rare in men, we shouldn’t forget them either – just under 1 percent of all breast cancer occurs in men.

1 Out Of 8

Breast cancer is so much more than “just being cancer” – as if that wasn’t enough – the treatments are often disfiguring and can induce early menopause. Breast cancer puts a lot on our plates, too much...

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You've Finished Cancer Treatments, What's Next?

by Jane Ashley

WhatNexter CindiT85 ringing the bell after finishing treatments.

Cindit85 Ringing Bell

It’s the day that you’ve looked forward to since you first learned that you had cancer. You counted down the radiation sessions. You marked off the weeks between chemotherapy sessions. You waited the allotted time, after chemo or radiation, until you could have surgery. You waited for genetic results. You waited for the pathology report. You waited to finish adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation. You marked every event in your...

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Low Platelets - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Nothing is more frustrating to hear on the morning of chemo than, “No chemo for you today. Your platelet count is too low.” The chemo that we once feared has become our friend. We want our chemo because we’re afraid for it to even be delayed for a week. We realize that chemo is our best hope to beat this.

Low Platelets

But now, our oncologist is telling us that we can’t have chemo today. So we’re wondering, “What are platelets? Why are they so important that I can’t have chemo if there are low?”

What are...

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Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

Patients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer have many questions. Will I die? What’s my prognosis? Will the chemo make me sick? What about pain? Will I be able to work? What if I can’t work? Can I get into a clinical trial?

Finding Meaning For Your Life When You're Stage Iv

Once a patient gets into treatment and the initial shock wears off, it’s common to wonder about and ask, “How do I find meaning and purpose in my life when I don’t know what the outcome is going to be?”

Other questions include, “How do I plan when I don’t even know if I can...

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When Bad Health Causes Role Reversals Between Parents and Children

by GregP_WN

There will be a time in your life when your role as your parent's child will change to being your parent's caregiver. 

Caregiver Love

From the time you are born until you take off on your own in life, your parents are there for you. When you're a baby they take care of your every need, feeding, bathing, changing, and any other need you may have. That's the way it is. Even when you're an adult, they are still looking out for you, checking up on you and making sure you are OK. 

There comes a time...

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Should You Have a Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace?

by Jane Ashley

Have you ever considered whether you, as a cancer patient, should have a medical alert bracelet or necklace? The answer is not always clear – for some people, it’s a good decision while for others, your diagnosis is probably not a compelling reason to have medical alert jewelry.

Medical Alert Symbol

What is medical alert jewelry and how does it work?

Medical alert jewelry is just what it says – it alerts EMTs and emergency room personnel that you have a medical condition that could impact your treatment, when...

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Cancer and the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jane Ashley

When we’re diagnosed with cancer, one of our first questions may be, “Will I still be able to work?” Why is that one of the most commonly asked questions?

Ada Logo

We may be the primary breadwinner of the family. Our health insurance is probably through our employer. Your health insurance may cover the rest of your family – what about if something happens to them too? And even with a two-income family, it’s difficult to cover medical copays with when most of the family budget is already tight.

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