Barbara Tako

Barbara Tako is a breast cancer survivor (2010), melanoma survivor (2014) and author of Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools—We'll Get You Through This. She is a cancer coping advocate, speaker and published writer for television, radio and other venues across the country. She lives, survives, and thrives in Minnesota with her husband, children and dog. See more at,or

You Can Do This: Long-Term Cancer Side Effects Are Manageable

August 06, 2020

A two-time cancer survivor notes that although long-term cancer side effects can pile up, many are manageable.

You Are Not Alone in Your Struggle with Anxiety Years After Cancer Treatment has Ended

July 30, 2020

A 10-year breast cancer, and six-year melanoma survivor reassures other survivors that they are not alone if they are struggling with anxiety, depression or PTSD years after their cancer treatments have ended.

Do Not Accept Cancer Fatigue As 'New Normal'

July 17, 2020

It's easy to accept certain challenging side effects from the cancer journey as a "new normal", something you can't shake no matter what. But even with cancer fatigue feeling insurmountable, there are ways to handle it.

Working Through Grief In The Good Times And The Bad

July 04, 2020

A fellow cancer survivor mourns the passing of Kathy LaTour.

Construction Completed--Reflections After A Double Mastectomy With Reconstruction

June 04, 2020

A breast cancer survivor reflects on the double mastectomy and reconstruction process two years out from beginning the process.

A Melanoma Survivor During Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 23, 2020

During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, one melanoma survivor reflects on her treatment and the preventive measures everyone should take to avoid skin cancer.

Celebrating Cancer Anniversaries During COVID-19

May 16, 2020

A breast cancer survivor celebrates her 10-year "cancerversary" during the global pandemic and finds ways to feel grateful.

During COVID-19, Practice Gratitude Not Judgment

May 09, 2020

All of us could choose to practice gratitude instead of judgment during these challenging times.

Moving Through COVID-19, Cancer And Other Life Traumas

April 17, 2020

Even with an injured trust in the world, it's important to remember the lessons that help us move through cancer and other life traumas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring Can Help When Dealing With Both COVID-19 and Cancer Anxiety

April 10, 2020

Spring is still here, and the warmer weather can help you handle your cancer and COVID-19 related anxieties.

How Can Cancer Survivors Survive COVID-19?

March 28, 2020

What can cancer survivors do to cope and process the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic?

A Multi-Pronged Approach to Fighting Cancer Fatigue

March 21, 2020

Breast cancer and melanoma cancer survivor learned that a combination of changes helped her beat fatigue after cancer treatments.

Cancer Survivors, Are You Low On Patience Power?

March 05, 2020

Being able to wait is a skill many patients with cancer learn to acquire, but that doesn't make it easy. Here's how to get your own patience power.

Long Term Chemo Brain Struggles

February 27, 2020

One survivor offers her suggestions to handle chemo brain as she copes with her almost-10-year-old chemo brain.

Recurrent Worry And Recurrent Relief

February 20, 2020

A cancer survivor discusses the ongoing emotional roller coaster ride of cancer survivorship.

Warning Call or Last Call? Either Way, Practice Gratitude

February 13, 2020

Gratitude is my ultimate coping tool for managing my cancer survivorship.

The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Genetic Testing

February 05, 2020

Genetic cancer testing is a whole new world for cancer survivors, newly diagnosed patients with cancer and their family members.

The Push-Pull Relationship To The Chemicals In Our Lives

January 28, 2020

A two-time cancer survivor celebrates and worries about the chemicals in her life.

Silver Linings? Years Out, I Still Wish My Cancer Never Happened Or Would Completely Go Away

January 13, 2020

One breast cancer and melanoma survivor thinks about the long-term impacts of her cancer diagnosis and the silver linings.