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Why No One Should Expect for a Survivor to Just “Shake Off” Depression

Long term physical and emotional stress as is experienced by everyone who is diagnosed with cancer and everyone who undergoes surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation leads to... Evelvated Cortisol Levels (this is our first line stress hormone). Chronically elevated cortisol leads to... Elevated levels of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine in the brain (the neurotransmitters that mediate our fight or flight response) which leads to... Depressed levels of Serotonin (the neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm, happy and to think clearly). Gritting your teeth and trying [...]

Don’t Let Cancer in! – 5 Tips for Preventing Cancer

1 – Limit consumption of red meat Studies have linked red meat to cancer. As a matter of fact, colorectal cancer increased by 21% for every 50 grams of processed red meat consumed daily and by 29% for every 100 grams consumed daily according to American and European studies. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 2 – Stop smoking This one is obvious and a huge cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths! Lung cancer is the number one leading cause of cancer deaths among [...]

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More on Coping with the Stresses of Cancer

Whether you are currently battling cancer or recovering from cancer treatment, your mental health is a huge part of the game. After all, a cancer diagnosis will at the very minimum change up your routine for a few months but will often impact virtually every area of your life; your work, your relationships, your job. So, how will you cope? // Well, I can tell you what has personally helped me over the years. - Hobbies and focusing on [...]

Coenzyme Q10 May Just Kill Cancer

Whether you are a cancer survivor, or just looking to stay healthy and do everything you can to ward off cancer, Coenzyme Q10 is a great supplement to consider. - And research shows that it is a cancer fighter! // // What is Coenzyme Q10 and Where Does it Come From? Coenzyme Q10 or COq10 is found naturally in the body. Coenzymes help enzymes do their jobs. Enzymes are proteins that make chemical reactions take place at a faster rate in [...]

7 Reasons to Start an Effective Fitness Plan Now

To 'conquer' is not merely to win. It is to completely take over, take control, and destroy. Odds are either you or someone you know have been affected by cancer. In the United States, around 50% of men and 33% of woman will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Cancer causes many physical and emotional changes to take place within the body. These changes include, but are not limited to: weight-loss or weight-gain, increase or decrease in [...]

Heidi Matheny’s PBSC Donation – Thinking about donating your bone marrow?

This post is very important for several reasons. One, it may help to answer questions some people may have about donating bone marrow. This example shows that the donation of bone marrow today to save a life is NOT complicated. Additionally, I've been through this process myself. - However, I harvested my own bone marrow for my bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplant back in 1997. And finally, I performed at a Be the Match fundraiser back in 2012 that [...]

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My Survivor Story by Brittany Avin

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I had grown up with a fear that I would get cancer. I knew I had a killer family history, with numerous women diagnosed on both sides of my family, and my grandfather dying of cancer. It was something I always saw as a part of my life. - But cancer was something people got late in life. Everyone I knew who had cancer was in their forties or fifties, and besides, I was an athletic [...]

You’re Well! – Now Protect Your Health from Potential Long-Term Side Effects of Treatment

Okay, you've had your chemotherapy and you're done! Awesome! Say you are a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor like me and you underwent ABVD chemotherapy. The good thing is that it cured your cancer. The not-so-good thing might be, because of ABVD, you are now infertile, have respiratory issues, cardiac issues or have had or are now at a greater risk of secondary types of cancer. And let me stop right here and say, if you aren't having any of these [...]

Coping with Cancer – Making a Difference in a Cancer Patient’s Life

I remember growing up with cancer had it's difficult times, (no kidding right?) I missed field trips, vacations, swimming in public pools, playing with other kids, etc. - But looking back; I had some of the greatest people ever really help make life a lot better. These people made an effort to cheer me up, give me a better quality of life and in the end overcome cancer! They made my battle, their battle! I fought cancer from 5 till [...]

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3 Really Stupid Things to Say to Cancer Survivors

As cancer survivors, we get asked some pretty lame and insensitive questions. And most people that ask these questions are most likely not intending to be malicious or hurtful. - However, some of these questions can still cause awkwardness and make those affected by cancer think, "Did you really just ask me that?" (This post is not intended to offend anyone. Warning, it does have a little bit of attitude.) 1 - "Do you ever worry you’ll get it again?" Okay [...]