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For All The Caregivers

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In 2015, President Barack Obama proclaimed November National Family Caregivers Month to recognize the hard work and dedication of all the selfless caregivers around the country. At the Cancer Support Community, we understand that caregivers are an essential part of the cancer care team from the start. Caregivers can be spouses, partners, children, relatives or friends who help, care and support those living with cancer.

Breast Reconstruction: Many considerations play into the decisions that women make

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month also includes raising awareness of some of the challenges those with breast cancer routinely face. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is a lot for anyone to process, emotionally and medically. On top of this, many women undergoing a mastectomy must make decisions about breast reconstruction. For women and their loved ones facing these decisions, obtaining information about reconstruction procedures and outcomes and knowing what the best choices are for themselves is not easy. Many considerations may influence the decisions women ultimately make.

Understanding the Prostate Cancer Experience

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It seems to be accepted as “fact” that men with prostate cancer don’t want to talk about their condition. Everyone knows that guys don’t want or need emotional support—that they usually choose to go it alone. But…is that really true?

Do Awareness Months Work?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recently, a friend confessed to experiencing cancer awareness month fatigue. For weeks now, her Facebook news feed and Twitter updates were filled with one cancer reminder after the other. She felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of cancers and bombarded by the amount of related information. Given my field of work, she felt guilty about even raising the issue, but she felt compelled to ask me: “Tell me the truth, Kim. Does it make a difference? Does it actually help?”

Every Day is a Gift: The Importance of Living in the Present

Thursday, October 22, 2015

After a diagnosis there can be many changes in patterns of thinking, planning and your overall life plan. To quote Regina Brett, a New York Times bestselling author and breast cancer survivor, “When you hear the word cancer, it’s as if someone took the game of Life and tossed it in the air. All the pieces go flying. The pieces land on a new board. Everything has shifted. You don’t know where to start.” It can be easy to slip into a pattern of worry—worrying about family, worrying about friends and worrying about the future. It is also completely normal to begin to question your existence and your life path.

The Benefits of Exercise During Treatment

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Even though exercising may feel impossible during treatment, it is extremely important and may help with long term recovery. When you are newly diagnosed, so many other things related to health tend to take priority. But, over the years a growing number of studies show that exercising is greatly beneficial to your treatment and long term care.

One of the best reasons to work out during treatment is that it has been proven to reduce fatigue. Patients that exercise during treatment actually experience 40-50% less fatigue according to this study from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

How the Declaration of Independence Applies to Living with Cancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

“Now I am face to face with dying. It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me.”

These words came from Oliver Sacks, the renowned professor, neurologist, author, amateur chemist and now ocular melanoma patient who recently was told his cancer could not be stopped. And Oliver Sacks is right—everyone living with terminal cancer has a choice about how to live through their disease. And if it were me, I’d live with the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson in mind.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are three qualities guaranteed to every American by the Declaration of Independence, and nothing—not the government, not a disease and certainly not a prognosis—can take those qualities away from you.

4 Ways to Stress Less

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Have you ever found yourself feeling so stressed that you have to put things on hold? April is Stress Awareness Month, and the Cancer Support Community recognizes that a cancer diagnosis can influence stress levels. That is why we are celebrating the resources we have for stress management. These tips below can be used regularly to ensure healthy stress levels or during times when you feel especially stressed.

When the Weather Outside is Frightful

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Part of coping with winter is being prepared to ride out winter storms indoors when the roads aren’t safe to travel. For people who are touched by cancer, this can require some extra preparation to make sure you stay safe, relaxed and avoid illness. Below are a few things to remember on cold, snowy days.

Rethinking the New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Around this time last year, I wrote a post on New Year’s resolutions for people living with cancer. If you’re looking to live well in 2015, this is a great place to start—but if you still aren’t a fan of the traditional New Year’s resolution, take a look at some of these suggestions for getting a fresh start this year:

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