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What's it Like: Having a Mastectomy

by Brian English.

The What's It Like? Blog Series

It's Ok To Be Scared

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters deliver straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’s It...

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Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

by Brian English.

Dear Loved Ones,

To say that I’m tired would be an understatement. I’m drained. Empty. There’s nothing in the tank. Cancer-related fatigue is real. It could be the disease that’s doing this to me. Or it could be the cure – turns out that radiation and chemotherapy really are the butt-kickers everyone says they are.

Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue

So, yes: I’m listless. Out of it. And it’s putting a real dent in my quality of life. Napping helps, but not for long. Because this is a bone-tiredness that can’t be kept at bay...

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What it's Like to Have Chemotherapy

by Brian English.

The What’s It Like? Blog Series

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. 

What's It Like To Have Chemotherapy

Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexters delivers straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

In our What’...

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6 Things You Should Know About "Pinktober"

by Brian English.

Dear Pinktober Fans,

Look, we all know it’s Pinktober. Of course, it’s kind of impossible to miss. And we know that you’re all-in on pink ribbons, and Breast Cancer Awareness retail promotions. Not to mention the Twitter posts. And the Facebook posts. And the Instagram posts.

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But if you’ll excuse us, not all of us are thrilled with it. There are some things about it we wish could be toned down. In fact, many cancer patients and survivors have come to absolutely loathe every one of the 31...

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What it Means to Survive Cancer

by GregP_WN.

With new treatments and medical advances, the odds of surviving cancer are greater than they’ve ever been before. And they’re increasing all the time. And while that’s great news, there’s little doubt that time between the day of your cancer diagnosis and the day you’re told that there is “No Evidence of Disease” is going to change you forever.

Hello I Am A Survivor

Coming through to the other side can yield valuable lessons about life that are often lost on those who’ve not lived through. For her book Mind Over...

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October Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN.

October brings us possibly the largest movement in cancer awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's hard to look in any direction and not see something pink, or an add on TV or radio with a Company touting their support for breast cancer research. Regardless of your position on all of the "pinkwashing" that goes on, it cannot be denied that the movement does bring incredible awareness to cancer issues. October is also Liver Cancer Awareness Month

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The National Breast Cancer...

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Radiation Therapy: What's it Like?

by Brian English.

Part I of our "What's it Like" series

Obviously, the Internet is often the first stop for any new patient seeking information on what life with cancer is all about. But at WhatNext, we feel that our community offers what many online sites don’t: valuable personal experience from real cancer patients. Sure, sites like Cancer.net can offer a comprehensive and dispassionate breakdown of various cancer topics. But WhatNexter delivers straight talk from the patients who’ve lived it.

Radiation, What's It Like

In our What’s...

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So You're Getting a Colostomy? This is What it's Like

by Michael Holtz.

So You're Getting A Colostomy

Editor's Note - Our Blog Post today is from Michael Holtz, a WhatNexter and Stage 3b-colon cancer survivor who has been through treatment and dealt with everything that a cancer diagnosis throws at us, then was given the news that he would have to wear a colostomy bag. Not only has he dealt with it like a boss but has gone on to prove to himself and everyone who will notice, that having a colostomy doesn't mean your life and all your activities are over. Have a read of his contribution...

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Survivor's Guilt - It's Not Your Fault!

by Brian English.

That wonderful day your tests results come back with those three glorious letters N, E, and D (No Evidence of Disease) should be among the happiest of your life. It’s the day you’ve been working toward for many arduous months, so feelings of elation, joy, and relief will flood through you. For a while at least.

Survivor's Guilt It's Not Your Fault

But after those initial reactions settle in, survivors often become reflective. In spite of the amazingly good news, thoughts can often turn to an entirely different emotion: guilt....

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People Say the Craziest Things to Cancer Patients

by Brian English.

There’s a little-known side effect of cancer that most patients suffer from almost from the very moment of their diagnosis. And while this side effect may not cause any physical pain, it can still do lasting damage to emotions and relationships. The name of this side effect? Insensitive remarks.

People Say The Craziest Things To Cancer Patients

It’s true: most cancer patients have heard their fair share of insensitive comments about a host of topics surrounding their situation. Careless remarks about a disease or a patient’s life situation...

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