A friend and I went to eat the other afternoon. As we wandered through the shopping center where the restaurant is, we happened upon a butterfly garden. There were hundreds of butterflies. It was amazing.

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If the mountain is too tall....

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Who knew? There is a Pet Cancer Awareness Month - November. The Pet Cancer Awareness Mission
The folks at Blue Buffalo Company created the Pet Cancer Awareness Program (PCA) in 2003 with three important goals in mind:

Raise Awareness.
Cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of our dogs and cats. By generating greater awareness of the early warning signs we're helping pet parents take the first steps toward protecting their furry family members.

Provide Information.
As with almost anything, information is power. The more pet parents know about how to minimize the cancer risk to their pets, and what to do if their dog or cat does contract cancer, the more they’re empowered to help.

Find a Cure.
Research is expensive. Pet Cancer Awareness helps fund universities and clinics that study the causes, prevention and treatment of canine and feline cancer. We also raise funds to support organizations that help needy families cover costly pet cancer treatments they otherwise couldn’t afford.

Since our pets do their best to take care of us when we are down, I guess it's fair that we acknowledge that they get cancer too.

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November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time when people across the world come together to fight back against, and raise the profile of, pancreatic cancer!

It is a time of the year when we have the most voices speaking out the disease, raising funds for early diagnosis research and raising awareness in their local communities. There are lots of ways you can get involved this November, follow the links below for ideas, tips, resources and information.

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Carcinoid cancer is a type of slow-growing neuroendocrine tumors that form (usually) in the lungs and gastrointestinal tract, from the esophagus to the rectum. They are the most common cancer found in the appendix. While typified as a cancer of the elderly, women are more likely than men to develop carcinoid tumors. Additionally, a family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN I), increases the risk of carcinoid tumors. However, this family of cancers, sometimes referred to as neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), do not manifest a single set of symptoms. Rather, carcinoid cancer often comes to light only after an investigation of hormonal changes the cancer induces. November is Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important to highlight both how this cancer manifests, and the recent treatments for it.
Our page on Carcinoid Cancer Diagnoses

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Family caregivers want their loved ones to have the best care possible – at the doctor’s office, at the hospital, and at home. We encourage family caregivers across the country to ask questions, explore options and share in the care decisions that affect the health and well-being of their loved ones.

#BeCareCurious About

Your Loved One’s Goals

You know your loved one better, and spend more time with them, than anyone else does. Talk to them about what their goals are for treatment and their care in general. It can be hard to talk about goals when facing a disease. But these talks help make sure your loved ones are getting the care they want.

Treatment Options

Is your loved one responding well to treatment? If not, ask your doctor if there are other options. New treatments are available every day. Whether it’s a different dose, a new medication, or a new procedure, speak up and ask your doctor if there are options you and your loved one should consider.


The internet is a great research tool, but it can also be full of conflicting, and even dangerous, advice – so don’t stop there! Be curious about that article you just read. Is it from a reliable source? Talk to friends, family and doctors to ask as many questions as possible to learn about your loved one’s condition.

The Care Plan

If your loved one is in the hospital, be sure to ask what happens next. Will they need home care after being discharged? Are there new medications or procedures you will need to manage at home? Will you be trained on what to do and how to do it? A lot of care happens at home and you need to be prepared to provide that care.


Don’t be shy about asking questions about insurance coverage. Is your parents’ Medicare plan the best option or should you change plans during open enrollment? Was a medication switched for a medical reason, or because your insurance no longer covered it? If coverage was denied, what can you do to change their minds?

Family caregiving is stressful, but the more you know, the more
confident and capable you will be when providing care. Remember – knowledge is power!

So this November, during National Family Caregivers Month, take time to
about your loved one's care!

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No Stomach For Cancer (NSFC) is a worldwide leader in raising awareness, advancing stomach cancer education and supporting individuals and families affected by all forms of stomach cancer. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has a mission to fund research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer.

Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and the fifth leading cause of cancer worldwide.

Founded by a Family, for the Empowerment of Families.
We fight for you, and for everyone we have lost to this disease.
In 2009, after losing two family members to stomach cancer and learning about the CDH1 genetic mutation that increases the risk of developing stomach cancer, Karen Chelcun Schreiber founded NSFC. The goal was to advance awareness and education about stomach cancer, including Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC), provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for early detection, screening, and prevention of stomach cancer.

Visit their website at

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! This November, a consortium of Lung Cancer Organizations, along with patients, survivors, and their family members, have come together to raise awareness and hope as new scientific and research advances are saving lives. Visit to learn more! HOPE LIVES. MORE RESEARCH. MORE SURVIVORS. #LCAM #LCSM

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November is No Shave November- No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy! Follow this link for more information>>

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Our Blog post today is a guest post from Miguel Barron who was the caregiver for his wife who he lost to Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

He was an investment banker traveling from New York to LA, to London for business. His title changed to caregiver when his wife was diagnosed. He describes being a caregiver and managing his wife's care, treatments, and his home and business affairs. Take a look here>>

He is giving away 10 copies of his book The Boxer's Corner. Just comment that you would like to have a copy and share this article and your name will be dropped in the drawing box.

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