Cancer, COVID-19 and the Choices We Make
When it comes to both COVID-19 precautions and life with cancer, I feel like I have to sacrifice some privacy to gain understanding from the people around me.
Emergency Moves to Help Respond to Cancer Triggers
The cancer experience is far from over when scans turn up clear. Here’s how I deal with triggering reminders of the disease.
For Mother’s Day, I’m Hoping to Help Prevent Hereditary Cancer
With Mother’s Day upon us, I’m advocating for better genetic cancer screening so that no more children are motherless on this day.
My Sister's Cancer Journey Has Taught Me to Live Moment by Moment
After my sister was re-diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, I was reminded to find laughter in every day because nobody knows what tomorrow holds.
I Didn’t Expect to be Dropped Back into the ‘Cancer Blender’
A recent injury reminded me that I could be dropped into the “cancer blender” at any time, though I should not focus on all the “what ifs.”
I Had No Clue My Cancer Would Be So Hard on My Kid
Nobody prepared me for the hardest part of my cancer experience — the toll it would have on my 6-year-old son.
Hot Weather, Hot Flashes, Hot Mess: Dealing With Cancer-Related Hot Flashes in the Summer Months
I used to love spending time outdoors during the warm weather, but when I started getting hot flashes after my cancer-related oophorectomy, enjoying hot days got a bit trickier.
Is My Drinking Water Carcinogenic Now, Too?
Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I’ve been vigilant about reading the labels of items I buy to see if they contain carcinogens, but I never thought about the potential chemicals in my drinking water... until recently.
Dear John Wayne: Let’s Cut ‘the Big C’ Down to Size, Because Cancer Is a Coward
John Wayne coined the term, “the Big C,” for cancer, but I think it’s time that the capital letter C stands for something better.
As the World Moves on, I’m Reminded at How Much Time Was Lost to Cancer
Throughout my cancer experience, I’ve relied heavily on friends and family for support. But as they are moving on and starting families of their own, I realized how much time I’ve lost to cancer.
While I Appreciate the Concern, Think Before Speaking to Cancer Survivors
Well-meaning comments can come off as bothersome — or even hurtful — to me as I navigate cancer.
During the Pre-Cancer Days, My Intuition Pushed Me in the Right Direction
Before being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, I started to live a healthier life and took notice of some concerning symptoms.
Until Sugar Is Definitely Linked to ‘Feeding Cancer,’ We’ll Celebrate Birthdays With Cake
If there was a certain diet that could prevent my daughter from going through the perils of chemotherapy, she’d do it in a heartbeat. But science doesn’t back the sugar-feeds-cancer myth.
Combating a Cancer Treatment Side Effect Turned Me Into a 'Calcium Junkie'
After my breast cancer metastasized to my lungs, I was put on a PARP inhibitor, which caused an unexpected side effect that, unfortunately, happens like clockwork.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Breast Cancer
There are so many things I wish I’d known before being diagnosed with breast cancer, but if I’d known them all in advance, I wouldn’t have learned many valuable lessons.
Cancer and COVID-19 Have Taxed My Imagination
As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be winding down, I’ll still be masking up, knowing that it could return as quickly as it left.
The Trauma From My Cancer Journey Has Adequately Prepared Me for Crossroads Life Throws My Way
My wife and I took a weekend break from the worries of cancer and everyday life, but things did not go as planned, forcing me to tap into all the self-work I’ve been focusing on this year.
Patients With Cancer Don't Owe 'Grief Tourists' Anything
After going public with my cancer diagnosis, I was met with an onslaught of “grief tourists” who may not have been interested in the harsh realities of cancer.
Hoping For a Miracle: Mental Health Care Should Be Standard Treatment for All Cancers
A trauma therapist who specializes in cancer would have been helpful for my wife and I as we navigated her cancer experience, but the option was never discussed at our health care visits.
I Have Some Regrets Around How I Handled My Wife’s Cancer
Upon reflecting on my late wife's cancer experience, one of my major regrets is not properly saying goodbye.
A Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference Helped Me Connect With Hope
When I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, I did not know there were so many other people like me until I attended Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer.
The Start of 2022 Sucked, But I'm Slowly Getting 'Back in the Race'
Early 2022 was difficult for me, with the death of my dog and some difficult cancer-related situations, but thankfully, I know wonderful people who helped pull me out of my slump.
Has Cancer Survivorship Made Me Weak?
After surviving cancer, I’ve developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder, which comes with feelings of insecurity and anger.
When Another Friend Dies of Cancer, I Ask Myself, ‘What Quirk of Fate Left Me Here?’
As I prepared for my friend’s celebration of life, I reflected on other loved ones I lost to cancer and pondered why I am lucky enough to survive.
Art Can Be an ‘Outpouring of What’s Pent Up’ for Cancer Survivors
While wandering around an outdoor art exhibit, I found a sculpture that really spoke to my cancer experience.
Navigating Cancer Test Results Is Challenging for Patients and Their Caregivers
When my late wife was diagnosed with BRCA2-related triple-negative breast cancer, I realized how important medical literacy is for patients and their loved ones.
Inclusion in Cancer Care Takes an Effort on All Fronts
As a melanoma advocate, I realized that people of color often are not included in research or properly understand their risks for skin cancer. Here’s what I’m doing to change that.
Could This Lipoma Be Another Cancer?
I have a lipoma on my back, and since I’m worried about both the aesthetics and potential malignancy of the fatty tumor, I’ve decided to have it removed.
I Can't Stop Mourning the Way Life Used to Be Before COVID-19
Going through the COVID-19 pandemic with a cancer diagnosis made me feel jittery, and I know that many others felt the same way, too.
Crazy Cancer Cures: Google is Not Your Friend
After being diagnosed with cancer, I scoured the internet for ways to live as long as possible and found some helpful tips and not-so-helpful “cures.”
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