Sarah Vammen

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Read March 18, 2016

#31DaysofSW with Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, PhD, MSW, MPH

As part of our #31DaysofSW campaign this month to recognize the contributions of social workers, we interviewed Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, PhD, MSW, MPH, president of Start Smart Career Center and past CEO of the National Association of Social Workers.
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Read March 9, 2016

Forging Solutions out of Challenges: Celebrating National Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month, a time to say thank you to social workers for their hard work and unending support. At CSC, we’re honoring social workers through our #31DaysofSW campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is also a time to raise awareness of the important work social workers do every day. Here are a few things you may not know.
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Read February 10, 2016

We Have a Brand New Look!

Notice anything different about the page you’re looking at right now? Maybe everything looks a little different than the last time you read a Cancer Support Community blog post? We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website!
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Read January 28, 2016

Raising Awareness: 4 Chords at a Time

What happens when you combine celebrities, a custom-made guitar and a desire to ensure that no one faces cancer alone? We all know someone who is touched by cancer, and thanks to #4Chords4Cancer we can help raise awareness of much-needed free supportive resources for all. Get involved with #4Chords4Cancer!
Read December 18, 2013

Being a Caregiver During the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing with parties, family get-togethers, traveling and so much holiday shopping. This is one of the busiest times of the year for most of us, but for those caring for a loved one with cancer it can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. While caring for your loved one during the holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are some tips for having a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.
Read December 11, 2013

CSC is Featured in The Wall Street Journal

There are currently 14 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and by 2022 there will be an estimated 18 million survivors. The Wall Street Journal cites an increased focus on “the whole patient” as the next front in cancer care, with emphasis on the emotional and mental well-being of survivors. The WSJ article highlights the work that the Cancer Support Community has been doing to address the needs of those impacted by cancer, including CSC’s partnership with Greenville Health System’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship in Greenville, SC.
Read December 4, 2013

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Empowering Listeners to Live Well with Cancer

From the Affordable Care Act, to finding the silver linings in cancer, to playing video games, it has been an exciting time to tune in Frankly Speaking About Cancer. Hosted by Kim Thiboldeaux, CSC’s President and CEO, and airing every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Frankly Speaking About Cancer empowers listeners to live well with cancer. The internet radio show covers a wide variety of topics, and this past month has been no exception. Take a look below at our most recent topics and guests.
Read December 2, 2013

Giving Tuesday: A day to help those affected by cancer

This year as we pour endless energy and effort into planning Black Fridayshopping strategies and hunting for the best online deals on Cyber Monday, we should also remember another day—a day focused on giving rather than receiving. Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season.
Read November 20, 2013

Tips for a healthy & stress-free holiday

The holiday season is a time of joy as many reunite with family members and experience the comfort of old traditions. However, it can also be stressful! From hosting events to shopping for presents, this season can be overwhelming. For those dealing with a cancer diagnosis or with post-treatment recovery, the stress may be even greater. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday season while taking care of yourself:
Read October 20, 2013

Breast Cancer Tests More Than Just Physical Strength

A USA Today article (link to http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/22/coping-breast-cancer-emotions/3157019/) published last week explains the emotional toll living with breast cancer can take on the spirit. It also explains that many people feel that those who have never faced a breast cancer diagnosis can’t even begin to understand the effect it has on a person’s social, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual realms, which can make many people living with cancer feel isolated.
Read October 23, 2013

Navigating Cancer Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages continue to affect the health care industry, particularly the cancer community, with the problem expected to worsen this year. These shortages include antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs used by those currently living with cancer and longer term cancer survivors. According to a Penn State survey of 245 oncologists and hematologists in 2012, 94 percent said their patients’ treatment had been affected by drug shortages.
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Read January 18, 2015

When the Weather Outside is Frightful

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.
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Read January 28, 2015

Advice for the Newly Diagnosed: Tips for You, By You

On several occasions, we asked our Facebook followers to share with us what advice they would give to anyone who is just beginning their cancer journey. Below are some of the amazing and inspirational responses we have gotten so far. Take a look—it just might be what you needed to hear today!
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Read February 11, 2015

Understanding the Impact of Cancer on Caregivers

Whether you love this holiday or completely despise it, Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. If you’re a person who loves Valentine’s Day, this is a day to celebrate love and companionship. But when your Valentine is living with cancer and you’re acting as the caregiver, this day can take on a deeper and more complex meaning. Caring for a spouse can be extremely challenging. According to the National Quality of Life Survey for Caregivers, a caregiver spends an average of eight hours a day providing care and support to their loved one, and many caregivers feel just as much distress, if not more, than the patient does.
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Read April 1, 2015

What I’ve Learned from Watching “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

When I first started watching the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies on Monday night I wasn’t sure I agreed with calling cancer an emperor. It seemed to be such a positive and powerful term to place on something with such a negative impact. But after two nights of tuning in and live tweeting, and as I get ready for the third, I get it. Cancer is a disease like no other, even within itself it never seems to be the same way twice—it’s smarter than that. Giving a powerful disease a powerful name pays respect to the millions of people who take on “The Emperor” every year–a respect greatly earned by all who are affected. But that isn’t the only thing that struck me while watching the first two nights of the film.
Read March 5, 2014

Tips for Long-distance Caregivers

When someone you love has cancer, and you live far away from them, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Despite being a long-distance caregiver, you still play a vital role in providing comfort, hope and support. There are several things you can do from a distance to ensure that your loved one has the support they need throughout their cancer journey.
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Read July 30, 2015

Greetings from the CSC Staff Retreat

It takes a team to ensure that no one faces cancer alone, and with an estimated 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer every year, we’re glad to have a great team assembled here at CSC.
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Read August 26, 2015

How to Help CSC in 30 Seconds or Less

What if a 30 second action could raise thousands of dollars, and then those dollars helped provide millions of people touched by cancer as well as their families with high-quality social and emotional support? It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not. In fact, you can do that right now and until next Tuesday! So what are we asking, exactly? Help us finish strong in the last week of Ready. Raise. Rise., a national competition sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb to raise awareness of cancer advocacy organizations.
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Read September 30, 2015

Help Us Understand the Full Impact of Blood Cancer

Because of the widespread impact of blood cancer diagnoses, it’s important to raise awareness, not just during Blood Cancer Awareness Month every September, but all year long. Part of raising awareness of this group of cancers means learning more about the full experience of living with this diagnosis—from physical symptoms to the social, emotional and financial impact.
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Read July 30, 2014

4 Ways to be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

Though no two people or cancer journeys are alike, there are ways you can support and empower your friend throughout the cancer experience that will not only ease their burden, but will help you as well.
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Read November 4, 2015

10 Tips for Caregivers

A cancer diagnosis can impact your whole world. But what happens when you are also a big part of someone else’s world? Cancer impacts not just the person diagnosed, but their whole network of friends, family members and loved ones can feel the effects as well. This is especially true for the person acting as caregiver.
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Read November 25, 2015

Save Some Room for #GivingTuesday

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” These words ring true every day, but no truer than this week as we prepare for #GivingTuesday–an annual day devoted to giving back to others. After a day spent eating and giving thanks, and two days spent shopping, this day always feels much needed–and the benefits reaped from this day grow more important every year. If you’re unfamiliar with #GivingTuesday and what it represents, learn more below and find out how you can help support the Cancer Support Community’s mission: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
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Read May 7, 2014

Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities

For a doctor, the number one priority is treating the patient’s illness. But for patients, their number one priority isn’t always their disease. A disease is just one part of someone’s life. So, what happens when your priorities and your doctor’s priorities don’t mix?
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Read September 10, 2014

Shining the Light on MPNs

Each year, about 14,500 people are diagnosed with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), a group of rare blood cancers originating in bone marrow. Tomorrow, September 11, 2014 is recognized as MPN Awareness Day. Living with a rare cancer like an MPN comes with a unique set of challenges that make raising awareness, tomorrow and every day, crucial—so that no one faces cancer alone.