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Feelings of Survivor's Guilt and 15 Ways to Cope

by bnmcnabb

No More Guilt

Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Many WhatNexters have posted questions about survivor's guilt and wondered if others have struggled with the same feelings after treatment. Survivor's guilt...

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14 Funny Things that Happened While Fighting Cancer

by bnmcnabb

Most of you have anecdotes about the funny things that happened during cancer treatment all the way from jokes you played on doctors to bodily function mishaps. We have compiled a list of WhatNexters' stories below in hopes that they will draw a few laughs, as many of you have learned that having a good sense of humor can help you get through your journey with cancer.

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1. I laughed when my daughter made my Wii avatar a girl with no hair.

Hair Loss From Chemo

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How Can You Be Grateful After Having Cancer 4 Times? Read On And See.....

by GregP_WN

On January 24th, 2012, I heard the words “Mr. Baker, do you mind if we place an IV in so we can give you some contrast dye?” My experiences with two previous cancers taught me that there is only one reason for contrast dye after performing a “naked” scan. The imaging technician saw something fuzzy on the scan that he wanted to get a clearer picture of. At that very moment, I knew two things: I had a brain tumor and God had just answered my prayer to help me find my way.

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Not for one second...

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Does Having Cancer Mean You Have Courage?

by Brittany McNabb-WhatNext

Debbie Woodbury, breast cancer survivor and one of our guest bloggers, has provided us with another powerful post. It is an excerpt from her second book, How to Build an Amazing Life After Treatment; 10 (more) simple secrets to creating inspired healing, wellness & your joyous life after cancer. This is the second part of her After Treatment Book series.

Debbie Woodbury

In this excerpt she gives her first new secret: Celebrate Your Courage. Debbie has already inspired WhatNext readers through her post...

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"Hear Me Roar" (HMR) - Our WhatNexter of the Week

by GregP_WN

It was an unusually warm mid-December day here in Southern Illinois. My family of four (hubby and two kids 8 and 10 at the time) always take advantage of warm days to go on long hikes in our state parks or to go mountain biking! It was a muddy hike that day, so I hopped in the shower as soon as I got home. That’s when I found the lumps – two of them, side-by-side. 

Post Chemo                                 ...

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15 Ways to Deal With Holiday Stress When You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Cancer And The Holidays No Stress

With the holidays around the corner are you excited to celebrate or dreading the stress? Either one is okay because the holiday season can be emotional for everyone in good and bad ways. We asked WhatNexters how cancer has affected their view of the holidays. Here are some tips on how to get through the holidays with less stress. Remember that everyone will be different.

1. If You Love the Holidays Don't Ignore them Because You Have Cancer

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If you are a person...

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2 Time Testicular Cancer Survivor Fred Reiss-Our WhatNexter of the Week

by GregP_WN

I’ve had testicular cancer twice. The first time I was 27 and simultaneously discovered a lump on my testicle while the radio aired a PSA that said “men if you find a lump on your testicle you may have testicular cancer.” I couldn’t believe it, but I felt—hey some force is looking out for me.

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Fred with his Nurses

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What is it like to have cancer?

by bnmcnabb

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We asked WhatNexters what it is like to have cancer; below are 17 real answers about their feelings, thoughts, and ways that it has affected their lives.

1. It is lonely and forces you to find courage. 

“It is lonely. When the diagnosis is received, you enter the darkness of the "twilight zone" of the cancer world. You can see your family and friends hovering outside to support you but you are still alone - you have cancer - they don't. You experience total shock where your tummy drops...

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How To Beat Brain Cancer 6 Times in 18 Years - Fusionera's Story

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the week,"Fusionera," is a picture of perseverance and fight. She battle brain tumors and Glioma Intermediate Grade Astrocytoma for 18 years and had five recurrences. Fusionera's story offers hope to anyone that is newly diagnosed with a prognosis that seems bleak; she never stopped advocating for herself and fighting for her life no matter how many times the cancer came back.

Johanna Current

Her initial prognosis was a grim 3 weeks to 3 months, but she has turned that into over 18 years...

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Be Prepared: 22 Things to Bring to Chemo

by Brittany McNabb

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Background: WhatNext.com is an online support network developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society that helps help cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers gain firsthand insight into living with cancer and connect with others facing a similar diagnosis. Members of WhatNext.com are sometimes referred to as "WhatNexters."

Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. Here is a quick list of things other WhatNexters have brought to their first...

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