Khevin Barnes is a Male Breast Cancer survivor, magician and speaker. He is currently writing, composing and producing a comedy stage musical about Male Breast Cancer Awareness. He travels wherever he is invited to speak to (and do a little magic for) men and women about breast cancer. www.BreastCancerSpeaker.com www.MaleBreastCancerSurvivor.com
We have lots of questions. And often the answers we seek are as close as the people we meet.
There are countless blogs and websites percolating around the internet, with tons of information, ideas, insights, opinions, anecdotes and personal stories. What an incredible gold mine of experiences this is, just waiting for us to strike it rich with the very information we are looking for to aid us in our own health and healing.
After my male breast cancer diagnosis in 2014, the internet became my best support as I searched for clues about dealing with my rare form of cancer. Public formats on any subject can be tough to navigate, but once we find a trusted source, the way I did with CURE, we open ourselves up to becoming our own best advisor when it comes to surviving cancer.
And that's because cancer is a joint venture. Here in the U.S. we share this disease with 1,688,780 new partners who join us every year, based on 2017 statistics, and thanks to the world wide web, many of these folks are available to help us in our own cancer experience.
Even the rarity of male breast cancer has become an open crusade, shared by many around the world in very significant and meaningful ways. I've seen the awareness of my disease grow exponentially in these last four years, and the result is heartening to say the least.
Perhaps the thing that stands out for me more than any other element of having cancer is the degree to which we all share similar issues, like the fears and frustrations, along with the hope and steadfastness, that cancer demands of us in order to truncate its ruthless grasp on our lives.
There are far too many cancer blogs for me to suggest here, but a simple search of "best cancer blogs" will turn up dozens.
Cancer news and information changes daily, and the resulting confusion can be a dizzying and sometimes perplexing road to follow. But search engines, like those we have here at CURE allow us to personalize our choices and our needs when it comes to seeking information that is pertinent to our own kind, stage and grade of cancer.
There are plenty of cancer websites that allow us to make friends, share information and follow up with the people we meet. Some have the very latest scientific reports and links to clinical trials. Still others focus on diet, meditation and complementary therapies.
Truly, a huge chunk of world knowledge is available to anyone willing to seek it out.
Each of us can add to that wealth of information by contributing in our own way. You don't need to be a writer or a deep thinker to be included in the vast encyclopedia of cancer awareness. Every thought you have about your disease is valid, important and desperately needed in the world-wide compendium of cancer education. Join in with the conversation and you'll be doing all of us a great service.
So, what can we learn from fellow cancer survivors? In a word, everything.