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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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Meals As You Heal

by GregP_WN

The effects of radiation continue for weeks after treatment has been completed. We continue to research and test foods that will be enjoyable while at the same time provide enough calories and nutritional value.

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 Barbara Bragg, Author of Destination Cancer Free

At three weeks post treatment, we began introducing solid food back into my husband’s diet very slowly. His doctors wanted him to maintain his weight eating by mouth alone for several weeks before they were willing to remove his...

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Top 5 Cancer Videos That Will Make You Laugh

by GregP_WN

Disclaimer: cancer is not funny. However, laughter therapy is one of the best everyday ways to cope with having cancer. Such a personal disease often eliminates pretense and brings people together. Funny videos about cancer help to raise awareness, and remind people of routine tests to remember, while still remaining light-hearted.

1. Rethink Breast Cancer: Your Man Reminder

Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian breast cancer charity that brings bold awareness to the ‘under-40 crowd’, has...

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Wednesday's WhatNexter Of The Week - MGM48

by GregP_WN

This weeks WhatNexter of the week is MGM48. He is a 2 time Prostate Cancer survivor as well as Stroke survivor, a regular contributor on WhatNext and a great advocate for those fighting Prostate Cancer. 

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My journey actually started in January 2005 with a routine physical. My PSA was high. I had no idea that one day I’d wish for it to be as low as a 4. There was no WhatNext back then. All I found were a bunch of disconnected websites. Even the good ones of 8 years ago have come a long...

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