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Cancer Treatment Hair Loss 101

by Jane Ashley

Many people assume that they will lose their hair if they have chemotherapy. But not everyone does. Why? Because some chemotherapy drugs don’t cause hair loss. Your oncologist will usually tell you if hair loss is an expected side effect of your chemotherapy. 

No Right Or Wrong

One of the unexpected aspects of hair loss is that you may not only lose the hair on your head, but you may lose your eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit hair, pubic hair and hair on your legs. Everyone is different — you may lose your...

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Crazy Things People Say To Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

Almost all of us have experienced this — a friend or co-worker or acquaintance acknowledges our cancer diagnosis with an “off-the-wall” comment.

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What does “off-the-wall” mean? Here are some of the meanings:

• Far out
• Freaky
• Quirky
• Highly unusual
• Bizarre
• Strange in an amusing or entertaining way
• Oddball
• Totally unexpected
• Crazy

Most people aren’t sure what to say so many times, they repeat what they’ve heard someone else say. Many times, they don’t realize how inappropriate or...

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Do You Know What Your "Healthy Weight" Should Be?

by Jane Ashley

Recent studies show that about 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese — too much fat in relation to their lean muscle tissue. Many of us are just a few pounds “overweight” while a small percentage of Americans are “morbidly obese.” The causes for weight gain are complex — ranging from genetics, hormonal, and emotional to lifestyle and cultural influences — lower income families may lack the income to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.


Once we’re diagnosed with cancer, we want to...

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2 Weeks Out From Life Saving, Life Altering Surgery

by GregP_WN

I'm not sure what I expected going into surgery at Vanderbilt 2 weeks ago today. Leading up to it I was anxious and in a hurry to get it done and get it out of me. I was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer that required having a complete laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection.

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Sweetie waiting with me for the docs to come get me for surgery

That morning started like so many other mornings that we have been at Vanderbilt for me to have a procedure. Until this one, I have had several...

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Cancer Facts And Figures

by Jane Ashley

Did you hear the news? The death rate from cancer decreased by 29 percent in the years from 1991 (when the death rate peaked) to 2017. And even better, the biggest annual drop in the death rate occurred between 2016 and 2017 when the death rate declined by 2.2 percent.

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That’s the largest single-year decline ever recorded. These facts and figures are calculated annually by the American Cancer Society and published in their journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Which types of cancer...

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Tonight You Won't Be Able To Speak-What Will You Say Today?

by GregP_WN

Cancer Leaves A Mark

Every type of cancer leaves a mark of some kind on the patient, their family, and their friends. Some are very noticeable scars, loss of body parts, disfigurement, while others are internal that are not seen and most know nothing about. Loss of your voice in a matter of hours is a life changing event. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Scars Do Not Form On The Dying

Loss of your voice in a matter of hours is a life changing event. You are rolled into the operating room able to talk to the doctors and nurses, then when you come...

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Simple Thoughts to Make Life Easier When Dealing With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Sometimes just living seems so difficult during treatment or as a survivor. Pain, discomfort, fear of recurrence, side effects, lingering side effects afterward — it seems more than a soul can bear. 

Choose To Be Happy

Yet we persist and continue with life. And yes, we even experience joy and happiness. But are there ways to make our life easier?
These simple thoughts might be the answer to help us slosh through our rainy days.

I look for the Silver Linings.

Our diagnosis sucks. There’s no getting...

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February Cancer Awareness

by Jane Ashley

When we think about February, most of us immediately think about Valentine’s Day. For those of us whose lives have been touched by cancer, we realize that each month of the year has a special meaning when it focuses on the kind of cancer that we battle. Awareness months help us to understand the kinds of cancers that others face.

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February 4th, 2020 – World Cancer Day

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day began with six cancer experts who met in Paris in...

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Inspirational Quotes To Live By

by Jane Ashley

It seems that every person has advice to give us when we have cancer. One of them is to “stay positive.” Sometimes, we feel guilty when we don’t feel positive. Some folks want us to believe that that we might not have a good outcome from our treatment if we don’t “stay positive.” 

If They Can Do It

Other people might try to put a guilt trip on us if we don’t find a silver lining in our diagnosis.

There is so much emphasis in our culture on the “power of positive thinking” that some of us are lead to...

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Gratitude And Humility - How To Get It

by GregP_WN

How do you get gratitude and humility? First, get yourself a life threatening disease, maybe 4 different versions of it to be sure you get the message that you are not invincible. Then get together with a big group of your closest friends and family just before you go in for a forever life changing, hopefully life saving surgery. 

Dinner Donna's Shirt

This is going to take a minute to cover all of this, so get some popcorn and a drink.

First, I should explain a little background for anyone that doesn't...

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