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Chemotherapy: The 80s Versus The 90s

In the early 80s, when I first had chemotherapy, I was around 8 years old, chemo was brutal. The side effects of the treatments were something I could never get used to or prepare myself for. It all would start with getting up early in the morning a couple times a week and driving 2 hours to Atlanta, Georgia. At the clinic, I would sit and wait to have my blood drawn. Next I would see the doctor, and then [...]

How Can You Get Prescriptions at Discounted Prices?

Job loss is a nightmare for anyone. It causes stress, anxiety and drains financial resources. However, as I wrote in a recent article for CureToday, job loss can be a much bigger deal for those with chronic health conditions—we absolutely must have health insurance to pay for doctors and medication, which can both be outrageously expensive. // Recently, after my contract job ended, I set out to find ways to get my medications for less. I worked with some government [...]

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Cancer Survivor Posts Amputated Foot on Instagram for Cancer Awareness

Meet Kristi Loyall. She's becoming quite the Instagram star for something completely out of the ordinary.—She's not simply posting cool pics of her cute dog, or "kissy face" selfies. In 2015, Loyall had numbness in her right pinky toe. Soon she developed pain, and then a lump. Doctors originally told her that the lump on her foot was probably just a fatty tumor known as a lipoma. Before surgery, doctors explained there was a 1 in 100,000 chance that the tumor was [...]

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How Much Does it Cost to Get an Obamacare Affordable Health Care Plan

How much does it cost to get an Obamacare affordable health care plan? Good question. The best answer is, "it depends." And another good question is, "Is it really 'health care?'" If you'll notice, how could you not, people are passionately for or against Obamacare. However, I want to show you real life.—My real life, and why "coverage" does not always equal "health care," as representative Kevin Brady put it. (Read more here in my article about the rising costs of Obamacare.) I [...]

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Some Hilariously Dumb Things Said to Me as a Cancer Patient

// Below is a list of funny things I've heard over the years as a result of having cancer. None of these were crushing blows that impacted my life, and most people didn't mean any harm. Many times people just don't know what they are saying. Believe me, I've said my fair share of goofy comments over the years and will continue to do so. Enjoy and comment with your experiences. Ryan 1. "Nice haircut... you look like a cancer patient." This was [...]

Cancer Treatment: Follow Your Heart, Literally

Cancer, when you beat it, everything is over and you are free to return to your regularly scheduled life, without interruption.—Yeah. My first bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma was at age 5, followed by occurrences at ages 9, 11 and 21 when I finally received a bone marrow transplant. I had "beaten" cancer, sort of. So why do I say I had beaten cancer, "sort of?" Well I was cancer-free, yes, but I wasn't free from the effects of the treatments it took to [...]

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Can Aging Be Reversed?

You know the drill, a gray hair pops up, a new one or ten a few days later. Then what about that one weird eyebrow hair that is so long it hangs a little into your eyes? These are just a few of the wonderful surprises that come with aging. Wouldn’t it just be nice if we could stop or reverse aging? It’s not just your forehead, eyes and hair that age over time, it’s your body’s actual cells. DNA [...]

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Affordable Health Care Not So Affordable in 2017

The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is supposed to be “affordable,” but the numbers are showing otherwise. The results of a study, released Thursday night, revealed that the cost of premiums are steadily climbing. As a matter of fact, the federal government (taxpayers) will pay out $42.6 billion in 2017. That’s quite a jump from $32.9 billion in 2015. Premiums for ACA customers are projected to increase by 22% next year. On average that means ACA customers will go from paying $291 [...]

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According to Some Docs, This One Thing is How I Survived it All

If you are a survivor of anything serious or out of the ordinary, you’ve probably been asked how you got through it, how you dealt with it or what was it like? “Man, how did you escape those reptilians?” A lot of times when people ask me how I got through having cancer 4 times (or escaped the reptilians), etc. etc., my reply is always, “Well I’ve never had to go to a third world country and have people shoot [...]