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4 Ways to Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

by Brian English.

Muscle loss as the result of cancer treatment can make a serious dent in your quality of life. Most patients will have to endure the extreme fatigue associated with muscle loss. But it doesn’t just keep you from returning to your daily routine – it sneaks up on you.

4 Ways To Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

WhatNext Community Manager, GregP_WN remembers trying to split wood like he did before his treatment, and only being able to get through six logs. “My mind said, ‘Sure you can do it,’ but my body said, ‘waaaiiiit a minute,’...

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Look Good When Dealing With Cancer

by Brian English.

As if cancer isn’t enough to deal with, the diagnosis and treatment of this disease comes with an insidious side effect: it ruins your whole look.

This may sound glib, but both men and women, battling cancer impacts what you wear – and not in a positive way. This goes way beyond the baseball hats and scarves that many patients don after chemo-induced hair loss.

Look Good When Dealing With Cancer

During treatment, you can change shape in many ways. You could lose weight. You could get bloated. Your old clothes may not fit you...

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3 Things Cancer Patients Ask of Their Employers

by Brian English.

Dear Employer:
I have been diagnosed with cancer. While this has impacted my health, it has not changed my work ethic, nor my intelligence, nor my dedication to my fellow coworkers and the company’s goals. While I am being treated for this disease, please treat me with the respect that I’ve worked so hard to earn in my position.

3 Things Cancer Patients Want Employers To Know

Signed,
Working Cancer Patients Everywhere

One of the least explored aspects of the changes that cancer can cause in your life is the impact it can have at work. Many...

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Cancer and Marriage

by GregP_WN.

Life with cancer can be a pressure cooker. It dials up the stress on every aspect of your life. But it’s personal relationships that may show the strain of cancer the most – especially marriages. The question isn’t “will living with cancer change your marriage;” it will. But will “change” mean a stronger bond between you and your mate, or the end of your relationship?Terrilyn

“Marriage isn’t easy,” writes WhatNexter LiveWithCancer. “It is even more difficult, I think, when you throw in a...

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Has Cancer Changed Your Personality?

by Brian English.

Without question, that moment when you hear the words “you have cancer,” is a life-changing event. But while it may make an unalterable shift in the course of your life, has it changed you – who you are – fundamentally? Since your diagnosis, are you a different person?

Has Cancer Changed Your Personality

Chemotherapy may have less of an effect on personality, but every WhatNexter has heard of “chemo brain” – that “my brain is mush” side effect that can make you forgetful and put you in a daze.

All of these elements can...

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Cancer and Supplements: Yes or No?

by Brian English.

Anyone living with cancer has surely heard at least something about dietary supplements. And not long after hearing about them, you’ve probably heard all kinds of opinions – some pro-supplements, some anti-supplements. Indeed, the use of dietary supplements by cancer patients is a long-running discussion. The question remains: is it safe to take dietary supplements while you’re living with cancer or undergoing cancer treatments?

Cancer And Supplements, Yes Or No

It’s not an easy question to answer with a simple “yes” or “no....

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6 Great Ways to Thank Your Caregiver

by Brian English.

Caregivers are crucial and often underappreciated partners in cancer care. Whether they’re supporting you by doing small errands, taking over the bills, or simply being at your side, these people are on this journey with you. It can be a tough and stressful experience.

Caregivers Rock 6 Ways To Say Thank You

Of course, while you appreciate all the efforts from your caregivers, the fact that you need a caregiver at all is an indication that you’re enduring some tough times of your own. With all the tribulations of cancer treatment...

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Do You Need a Vacation From Cancer?

by Brian English.

Everyone needs a vacation. And perhaps no one needs a vacation more than cancer patients. But not necessarily the gentle island breezes and swaying palm trees sort of vacation; patients need an emotional and mental vacation from just dealing with the disease.

Take A Vacation From Cancer

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Cancer can be all consuming. From the moment of diagnosis onward, it seems to be the nonstop topic of conversation. You talk about cancer. The changes in your life are about cancer. It’s always there, close to the surface, not quite...

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When Cancer is Over, Is it Really Over?

by Brian English.

This is the day. You step out of the hospital, out into the fresh air and breathe deep. This is the day you’ve dreamt about.

I Survived Cancer

It could be the day you hear you cancer is in remission. It could be the last day of a course of chemo. It’s the day when you get away from tests and treatments. The day you re-join the day-to-day world.

“Finally,” you think. “It’s over.”

Well … sort of.

Does cancer really end? When cancer is “over,” is it really over? It’s another aspect of the disease that every...

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Cancer..... In 6 Words

by GregP_WN.

There are hundreds of descriptions of cancer, some dark, some realistic, some humorous. Ask a cancer survivor for a description of cancer and they will have a hard time trying to decide which description to give, we have many. We asked the WhatNext Community for a 6 word description of their cancer journey and this is what they said. 

"It's not easy, but I'm alive" - Angeldancer

Cancer In 6 Words Angeldancer

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"Disbelief, fear, anxiety, adjust, love, optimism." - Whitey61

"Fought my worst enemy and won" -Leesa22...

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