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Celebrate Your Life

by Kendall Scott, CHHC

SmoothiesThere’s nothing like getting slapped with a cancer diagnosis to make you realize how short life is. How often are we running here, there and everywhere, forgetting to take the time to celebrate and enjoy life as we go?

Ironically, it was getting cancer that, for some of us, caused us to really wake up to our lives, moment by moment, and to make the decision to enjoy each day for all it's worth. This celebration of life can take place in big and small ways: dancing in the kitchen, singing...

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Why I Do a Monthly Self Breast Exam

by Staci1219

Staci 60 DayWhen my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 59 it was a shock to my whole family. They found it through a regular routine checkup, she had to have a lumpectomy and remove some lymph nodes.

After she recovered from the surgery she started on a round of Chemo and radiation. Mom was a trooper through all that, she had her good days and bad days like everybody does but she got thru it.

A year to the day later she went back for her check up and found out she had AML(acute myloid...

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Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

by KarenG_WN

Final Front Cover Image K Cit KOne of the many things those newly diagnosed with cancer try to do is find ways to eat a more healthy diet. This can sometimes help them reach their individual nutrition goals of losing weight, gaining weight, curbing nausea, getting enough protein and more. Cancer survivor and WhatNexter Kendall Scott, along with fellow cancer survivor Annette Ramke, just published a delicious new cookbook, "Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen ." If you are looking for tasty ways to get your food to work for you,...

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10 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know

by KarenG_WN

Images 1Fighting cancer is hard on so many levels and for all people involved. Patients are fighting for their lives. Their friends and loved ones often want to so much to help, but are afraid of doing too much or too little. They don't know if they should push to help more, or even how they can help. Others are so afraid for you, for them, that they just back off. Not because they don't care, but because of their own ignorance or fear. Following are 10 things people with cancer want their friends and loved ones without cancer to know:

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What Cancer Centers can Learn from Cancer Patients

by KarenG_WN

Cancer1Choosing where you'll go for cancer treatment is a huge and complicated decision for many cancer patients and their families. Those who are newly diagnosed can be so overwhelmed, it's hard to know where to begin when making this important choice. Cancer centers want to care for you, but you want to know that you're selecting the best place that meets your individual needs. We asked our network of cancer fighters what they love most about their own cancer centers and what makes them a great partner. Here's what they had to say:

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Dealing with the Costs of Cancer

by KarenG_WN

34762228343381428 I Ve R Esvv FOnce you get hit with a cancer diagnosis, you have to figure out the best strategy for financing it as well as for fighting it. Even if you do have health insurance, and especially if you don’t, costs for treatment and other practical issues can be beyond overwhelming. The good news is that there are a lot of resources that can help. Following are some helpful ideas and resources:

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FREE Housecleaning for Cancer Patients

by Robyn Stoller aka CancerHawk.com

8911629 S 300x271There are several amazing organizations that will clean the homes of cancer patients FREE of charge. Regardless of geographic area served, all of these amazing groups partner with licensed & bonded professional cleaning services to clean the homes of cancer patients. Listed below are the different groups that I know of so far. As always, if you know of any other organization that provides free house cleaning to cancer patients, please email me at robyn@cancerhawk.com OR post the info here...

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Foods and Drinks to Get You through Cancer Treatment

by KarenG_WN

UnknownYou've been hit with a cancer diagnosis, told that you'll need to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation and that you need to do your best to maintain proper nutrition and a healthy weight. It's not always so easy to accomplish. We asked the WhatNext network to share the foods, drinks and tips (and some tasty treats!) that helped them to get through treatment. Here's what they offered up:

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Turmeric ~ Spicing up the Cancer Research

by K. Simon Yeung, PharmD, LAc, and Manager of the "About Herbs" website for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

Turmeric Powder1Many chemotherapy drugs are derived from plants. It is no surprise that herbal dietary supplements are often promoted as cancer cures although few have actually been studied as drugs. Turmeric is an exception, having been extensively studied as an anticancer supplement.

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