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7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

by GregP_WN

Whether you know it or not, you are an inspiring person. Right now there are several people that are watching your journey and thinking to themselves that you are one strong, tough, and inspiring cancer fighter. Other cancer patients that see your story at WhatNext will be inspired and will gain hope simply by reading your story. When other cancer patients read the story of survivors, they gain hope and inspiration and have faith, that if you can do it, then so can they. 

7 Ways Your Inspiring Cancer Story Will Help Others Get Through Theirs

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Cancer's Effect on the Concept of Time

by GregP_WN

You have probably experienced this before throughout your cancer journey, you look at the clock and it says 1:05, then after what seems like 30 minutes, it's only 1:09. Cancer and the anxiety we have when trying to navigate through everything has an effect on our concept of time. It seems to happen in both directions too, it will speed time up or slow it down, depending on the situation.

Be On Time

My Father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at the age of 71. I remember sitting with him in the exam...

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February 4th, 2018 - World Cancer Day

by GregP_WN

February 4th, 2018 is World Cancer Day. This year's theme is "We Can, I Can", with the hashtags of #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan. With the rise in social media use, the UICC hopes that everyone will post on all social media channels to these create trending hashtags. It is a global event taking place every Feb. 4th uniting the World's population in the fight against cancer. 

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The UICC says "Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2018 will explore how...

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What Would Your "Farewell Note" Say?

by GregP_WN

Four months ago, a new app was launched called MyFarewellNote – it’s an app that allows people to leave messages for friends, family and loved ones, should the worst happen. Individuals can leave messages as just a typed message, photos, audio or videos or a combination of all four. 

My Farewell Note App

Some people might say why is there a need for this app but when you consider how many tragic events occur around the world on a daily basis, we believe that it is vitally important that individuals leave...

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Surviving Head and Neck Cancer 2X Over 32 Years

by GregP_WN

Our blog post today is from our WhatNexter of the Week, "LCompston". She is a two-time head and neck cancer survivor and was kind enough to share all of the details of her 32-year journey, the good, bad and ugly.

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I believe my journey started in the 7th and 8th grade of school. It was the start of me surviving head and neck cancer 2X over 32 years. I always had Mono and was in and out of the doctor and on antibiotics all the time. In 8th grade, I had a major math test. Right before the...

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Still Fighting CLL After 12 Years and Still on Top

by GregP_WN

"Still_Fighting" is a 12-year survivor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), although she is still on maintenance treatments, and likely will be for the rest of her life, she says she is still doing well and living her life. Take a look at her story, and drop by her Homepage at WhatNext and giver her a big CONGRATULATIONS for staying on top in her fight. In this guest blog post, she details her fight with CLL.

Still Fighting Cll After 12 Years

I really didn't have any indications that I had CLL that I was aware of or my...

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How to Talk to Your Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

by GregP_WN

WhatNexters often feel that a lot of financial aspects of cancer go way over their heads. Even if a patient has health insurance, there can be anxiety when dealing with paying for treatment and insurance coverage. WhatNexters recommend taking a deep breath, staying calm, and doing your homework to find resources to help sort through the challenges.

How To Talk To The Insurance Company About Your Cancer Claims

Below are some common problems that WhatNexters have faced with their insurance situations. See what other WhatNexters had to say:

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How WhatNexters Prepared for Chemotherapy

by GregP_WN

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for many people with cancer. It is not unusual to feel fear and uneasiness before going into one’s first chemotherapy treatment. Being prepared may help you feel less unsettled about going to your first round. 

We asked the WhatNext Comunity how they would prepare. The information listed here is how WhatNexters prepared for chemo. This information does not represent medical advice and all input is from WhatNext members themselves.

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How to Hold a Fundraiser for Cancer-Tips for Success

by Heather Erickson

Cancer can take a terrible toll on a family’s finances. One way of lightening the load is to hold a fundraiser or “benefit.” I’m often asked about ideas for raising finances for a cancer patient. I thought I’d share not only those ideas but our personal experience as, well.

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Do you have the Support?

The biggest key to success is support. When choosing a benefit, consider whether or not you can get people to participate. People are more likely to participate if they have a personal interest in...

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Tips For Helping Someone With Cancer

by GregP_WN

Finding out that someone you care about has been hit with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking...and confusing. Whether it's a spouse, a parent, a young adult, a friend, a colleague or a child - it's often difficult to know what to say or what to do. Or what to not say or not do! Each case is a little different, but here are some tips for helping someone with cancer.

Friends There For You No Matter What

We turned to our panel of experts on WhatNext - people who have been touched by cancer - and asked them to share some of the...

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