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Speaking out for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

by Terri Griege

As an endurance athlete, I developed the ability to push through obstacles to reach a goal. I’ve completed marathons and triathlons, and even the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Yet the biggest obstacle – the one that has had the greatest impact on my life – was largely avoidable. That obstacle is colon cancer.

Teri Griege Survivor

Terri Griege - Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor, Iron Man Endurance Athlete 

Colon cancer has a wide range of symptoms that don’t always point to cancer – particularly...

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Why I Hate Cancer

by GregP_WN

All I have to do is look at the television to see the children that are in the hospitals who are dealing with cancer as babies and tiny children. I also know people who have dealt with cancer as teenagers and I just read many articles about the increasing numbers of those in their 20’s who are being diagnosed with breast cancer, in particular. That doesn’t even begin to address the new cancer patients who are in their 30‘s and 40‘s and way beyond. The numbers are becoming staggering and I don...

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HEALING BODY AND MIND WITH MEDITATION

by GregP_WN

My Introduction to Meditation

As a child, I was an overly nervous, shy creature. If I had to get up in front of a class and read a book report, I would become physically ill with debilitating stomach cramps and nausea. My experience with nerves and anxiety made me aware of the mind’s power over the body at an early age, but I had no idea what to do about it!

Marnieclark

I first became acquainted with meditation during yoga classes when in my 40’s. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in...

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Roller Coaster Ride

by GregP_WN

During chemo, you join an elite group that enjoys a camaraderie that many hope not to ever have to know. You get to know people by how far along in their treatment they are by the amount of hair they have on their head or if they have eyebrows or eyelashes. You can tell what kind of week they have had by the color of their skin – is it jaundice yellow? Is it pale and accompanied by sunken cheeks and black circles under their eyes? 

Care Speaking At Relay

Care speaking at Relay For Life

You can tell how they...

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TASTY FOOD OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DRY MOUTH FROM CANCER TREATMENTS

by GregP_WN

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and some cancer medications can cause dry mouth, mouth sores, thick saliva, and loss of taste. Dry mouth is not a dangerous side effect of these treatments, but it changes the quality of life and becomes a daily irritation. Here are some suggestions if you are experiencing dry mouth.

Dry Mouth

Chicken, Fish, and Casseroles

It is important to continue to get protein in your meals every day; soft-cooked poultry and fish are a great substitute for...

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Cancer Can Be Isolating

by GregP_WN

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can become quite isolating for both the patient and the family. Often times, friends and family may feel their visit is an imposition not wanting to “get in the way” or “bother the patient.” This couldn’t be further from the truth, at least not in our case.

Blbragg

A large part of treatment is the positive reinforcement patients hear not only from their healthcare professionals but from family and friends alike. Day after day, week after week, we received...

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VALERIE HARPER STAR OF “THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW” HAS RARE BRAIN CANCER

by GregP_WN

Valerie Harper announced that she has a rare type of brain cancer. The doctors have declared her cancer terminal. Harper is best known for her role as Rhoda in the 1970’s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ensuring spinoff, Rhoda. Harper is 73.

Valerie Harper

During her successful career as an actress, Harper earned four Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Her cancer is a rare form in which the cancer cells invade the membrane around the brain. Harper says that her doctors have given her three months...

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Do You Juice?

by GregP_WN

Our guest blog today is from our own WhatNexter Kendall Scott, CHHC, AKA Kendallhhc, on WhatNext, stop by her profile page and thank her for the great information.

I had never even heard of juicing B.C. (before cancer). Healthy juice to me was a glass of O.J. from the carton for breakfast – and that was usually paired with a bagel with cream cheese and a lot of coffee. Actually, I usually skipped the O.J. completely. And sometimes the bagel with cream cheese too. My breakfast was...

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A Battle With Ovarian Cancer-WhatNexter Fights/Wins

by GregP_WN

This weeks WhatNexter of The Week is Derbygirl, an Ovarian Cancer survivor since 2007. Stop by her page and tell her thanks for sharing her story with us. 

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I'll never forget the journey I went through since 2008. I called the doctor in December 2007 regarding a pain on my right side that I
thought was my appendix acting up. After he did my exam, he ordered an ultrasound which showed a cyst twisted around my right ovary. He told
me surgery was the only option so after a cardiac...

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U.S. SINGER DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AFTER 10 YEAR REMISSION

by GregP_WN

U.S. singer Anastacia, who has popularity in Europe and Australia, had to cancel her tour scheduled for April 6 because her breast cancer has come back for the second time. Her tour was to take place in Europe beginning in London. Anastacia, whose full name is Anastacia Lyn Newkirk, successfully battled cancer in 2003 and has since been in remission. Anastacia is 44 years old.

Anastacia 29

Anastacia hopes to make a full recovery with the support of her family, friends, and fans. Although she laments the...

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