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We hope that what you find here will bring you closer to finding Health, Hope, and Happiness.

September 16, 2014 | by sedonawoman
Cancer is a double whammy, as you have to immediately cope with the disease, plus cope with a sudden loss of control and self-direction. But it IS possible to take control back. Read more.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, wrapping my brain around the initial diagnosis resulted in a feeling of being totally shell-shocked. It wasn't on my 'radar screen,’ so hearing this news after a routine screening was like getting hit in the head with a huge boulder. I was left to feel this overwhelming and tremendous sense of loss. It was a loss of control – not only of my body, but of my life. I felt like I had little to no time in the decision-making process, as everyone around me wanted to start to fight this cancer.

All of these reactions lead to feelings of hopelessness and much sadness. This anxiety was then coupled with the...
September 15, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
cancer is expensive medical bills Do you have outstanding medical bills? You may be paying more than you have to. We've partnered with Nerdwallet to try and help reduce your bills. Read more.

Most people know that cancer is physically and emotionally difficult, but not everyone realizes just how big of a financial strain a cancer diagnosis can be. Patients and their loved ones are forced to make big financial decisions in a very small amount of time - investing more than they would in a house, car, wedding, etc. And to make it worse, 80% of medical bills contain errors - it's no wonder that cancer patients are more than twice as likely to bankrupt.

Luckily, there are organizations out there that can help reduce billing errors. We've partnered with ...
September 10, 2014 | by tracymax
Diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer seven years ago, Tracy understands the unique swirl of hopes and fears, insecurities and triumphs of a single person with cancer. Read more to find out how she coped.

A cancer diagnosis can make you feel alone. Being single can make you feel alone. So when you have cancer and you are single...well, it goes without saying that can make you feel really, really alone. Not only do you have to make major decisions about treatment, employment, insurance and financial issues, but you also have to worry about who will take care of you when you're feeling your worst.

But if you are single with cancer, remember that just because you don't have a "built-in" support system since you aren't in a relationship, doesn't mean that you are alone. Support can come in many forms, and it...
September 4, 2014 | by uzy27
Many people refer to cancer as a "battle", implying that it is something that can be won or lost. But according to Uzma, cancer can never win. Read more.

I read an obituary of a friend's sister who wrote the most commonly used sentence to describe death caused by cancer, "she finally lost her battle to cancer."

I have a problem with that sentence. A big problem. It implies that cancer has won. If that were true, her cancer, as an entity, would be alive, thriving and sustaining, but it is not.

So if this were to be appraised as a win or lose situation, at the most it is a draw—a situation where both parties played each other well, matched each other equally and there was no result. A "game" where both parties ran out of play time, both spent and exhausted. For someone to win, the victor has to be able...
August 29, 2014 | by Mallory
Following her mother's death and her own cancer diagnosis, one cancer survivor encountered much more stress and anxiety that she had experienced before. Read more for the techniques that she uses to help balance her life.

Two of the biggest things that I associate with post-cancer are a whole lot of stress and anxiety. I feel safest when I’m at home, my husband and pups accounted for...otherwise there are appliances, batteries, and light bulbs that could catch fire, doors and windows that could be accidentally left ajar, random items that my pups could choke on or get entangled by...the list goes on and on. After my mother’s death and my own cancer diagnosis, the world quickly became a frightening place full of uncontrolled variables.

While my anxiety manifests in waves where sometimes I feel just like normal Mallory...
August 25, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Sarcoma: A Visual Guide Do you want to learn more about Sarcoma but you don't know where to start? We've worked with Sarcoma Foundation of America to create an infographic that you can share with your loved ones.

There's a lot of information out there.

When you google "cancer", there are more than 3 billion results. Even when narrow your search, you're still left with millions of pages to sort through. That's why we wanted to make it easier for you to find the information you're looking for. With help from The Sarcoma Foundation of America , we have created a visual guide that conveys some of the must-know information, including the types, sign...
August 22, 2014 | by HeidiG
Do you ever wonder who you would be if you never experienced cancer? Read more to find out how Heidi's brain cancer changed her life.

I'm a brain cancer survivor. I was barely out of my 20's when I was first diagnosed with what was first believed to be a benign brain tumor. My oldest daughter was only a year old then. She just turned 25. She's only four years younger than when I was first diagnosed. I'm still here.

Over much of my treatment time, I felt both physically and mentally aged beyond my years. Through my various treatments and surgeries over the years I’ve lost the hearing in one ear, the ability to swallow on one side and certain vision abilities; my tongue is paralyzed on one side (amazingly, the other side works to the point that you mostly can’t tell about the paralyzed side), and l have some memory...
August 20, 2014 | by uzy27
Do you remember the day that you found you had cancer? When Uzma heard those five words, her life changed forever. Read more.

On July 15th, I heard the words that pushed me from a life of carefree existence to a life of spiritual liberation.

"I am sorry, it's cancer."

These five words were uttered from the other side of the line, during a phone call that I had been dreading all weekend. My lymph node biopsy was done on a Friday, leaving me about 60 plus hours to contemplate what life held in store for me.

Normally weekends feel short and are over in the blink of an eye but that weekend lasted a lifetime. I had already "seen" my funeral, my mastectomy, chemotherapy treatments, the sickness - all of it. No movie was entertaining enough that weekend, no...
August 18, 2014 | by rachaelyahne
Life is full of ifs. Big ifs. If I live to be 100. If I never get cancer again. It might be just one big if, in fact. But there's one thing I know for sure...

If I ever have a daughter, I'm going to tell her that when you die, life becomes a symphony.

I'm going to tell her that the little things don’t matter.

That the mean kids in school and all the cruel things they said, those don’t matter because some day you will either forget them or you will prove them wrong. That it won't matter if you were the prettiest or the tallest or the smartest. That it doesn't matter if you had a bad day or a good day, because when you die, your entire life will turn into a song, performed by a symphony in the hearts of all the people that loved you, and it will have been up to you to write...
August 13, 2014 | by TeamIHadCancer
Season 1 of "Chasing Life" on ABC Family has come to an end, and the main character April has just started her treatment. See what these four cancer survivors have to say about Season 1 Episode 10, "Finding Chemo."

The season one finale of Chasing Life starts to depict the reality of what it's like to go through cancer treatment. Your whole life is put on hold for whatever time you may be in and out of the hospital and a lot of the time it is solely dedicated to getting better and fighting the disease - everything else has to wait. April has finally checked into the hospital, where she will be spending the next month. She is not allowed to leave and is confined to hospital meals as well.

The first few days seem to be going well— her family has gathered to support her and Dominic has even returned from his trip abroad to...