Stories

I’m in Remission! Now What…

by Mitch Lortz February 20, 2019

Hey there, my name is Mitch and I have stage IV soft-tissue cancer. It’s a real bummer. I got diagnosed when I was 20 and if we’re gonna be honest with each other, it’s put a real damper on the first half of my twenties.

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How Race Can Affect Your Cancer Prognosis

by Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D. February 19, 2019

Cancer is color blind. It affects adolescents and young adults (AYA) of all races and ethnic groups. Yet young patients in some groups tend to do worse than others. The obvious question is “why?” And the answer is that we simply don’t know. What we do know is that African-American adolescents and young adults are less likely to get cancer than whites of the same age—but more likely to die of the disease.

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Insane in the Chemo Brain: Insane in the Brain!

by Hannah Starkey February 14, 2019

Then some weird, wild stuff started happening to me. It all started when I was having a conversation with someone. I was trying to tell her that I got a new type of…what’s it called…uh, that stuff you put on your toothbrush and then it cleans your teeth…uh, toothpaste? Yeah! That’s it! Toothpaste!

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Last Known Good: 5 Lessons Learned from a Life Experience

by Vijay Anand February 13, 2019

Vijay Anand is the father Jennifer Anand – author of Jen’s Corner and cancer survivor.  Vijay reflects on being a parent and the feelings that come with watching your own daughter fighting for her life.

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Saying Something: We Survivors Don’t Need Excuses, We Need Support. 

by Marloe Esch February 8, 2019

There are definitely wrong things to say to people with cancer. Take, for example, the comment I received as a chemo patient from a stranger who insisted that I watch a YouTube video on her phone.

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Sex and the Survivor

by Amelia Baffa February 5, 2019

he impact of cancer and cancer treatment can physically and psychologically affect our relationships, this can be especially true when it comes to romance and/or intimate relationships.

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How Ramen Saved My Life

by Steve Giallourakis January 29, 2019

What do you recall from your childhood? What memories stick in your mind? Is it playing with your friends? Is it birthdays or family vacations? For me, there is truly one thing that sticks in my mind. My mom’s Avgolemono soup. For those of you whom aren’t Greek, it is Chicken Egg Lemon soup.

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Raising Your Energy Level (and adding spoons!)

by Jennifer Anand January 28, 2019

Have you ever heard of the spoon theory? Look it up- it’s incredible. It’s a simplified way of telling the non-cancer world that we have limited time and energy to spend with them as even the simplest daily tasks like a shower will use up our finite number of spoons.

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4 Steps to Stay Ahead of Flu Season

by Jennifer Anand January 22, 2019

Meet Jen Anand. Every week Jen will be providing a new tip or two on approaching life during and after cancer to help inspire others. Jen was diagnosis with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2012, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments for 8 months. Jen is now a survivor and just celebrated her 5 year anniversary […]

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Telling your story: How to tell people you have cancer.

by Jennifer Anand January 10, 2019

You have cancer. The three words you never want to hear. But how about “I have cancer”. The three words you never want to say. But, somehow I have a feeling most of us have said those words, multiple times. It’s not easy to share with people.  Even now, five years out, sometimes I struggle with finding the right time and words to tell people how cancer has shaped my life.

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