Coping with Cancer

a storybook for young children with cancer

An Educational Storybook for Children with Cancer

I was once myself a young kid with cancer. Now well, I'm just a kid. I first experienced cancer at the age of 5 and met many other kids going through the same things as me.—And we all seemed to have the same questions. Do you lose your hair? Do radiation treatments hurt?... Do you like blue play dough? Well back in 1998, while undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Emory in Atlanta, GA, I had this crazy idea that I [...]

making money to pay bills when you have cancer

How to Make Money When You Can’t Work Because of Cancer

Cancer can change a lot of things in your life. – Your health of course, your mood, where you can and can’t go – And unfortunately your bank account because of not being able to work and those ugly medical bills. If you can’t work because of something cancer related, cancer treatment or recovering from cancer treatment, there are several ways to earn money to help pay your bills. You can earn money working a schedule that fits your needs. Simply [...]

Coping With a Bone Marrow Transplant

In 1997 I had been cancer-free for ten years.—Ten great, long, "I'll never have cancer again!" years. However I remember there was this one, little lymph node I had been watching for a while. I mean just one... and again, tiny. So anyway, I watched it, and watched it, and watched it. One day after realizing "watching" wasn't making the lymph node go away, I decided it was time to get it checked out. I thought everything would just end with just [...]

There and Back: The Trips to Atlanta

Hey folks, its Ryan. I'm excited to tell you that I'm working on my book. Yep, a real-deal, full-length book. Now, there is no telling how long it will take me to finish. However I'm shooting for spring of next year. Anyway, I just wanted to share a bit from one of the chapters entitled, "There and Back: The Trips to Atlanta". I hope you like it. Thanks for reading! Ryan There and Back: The Trips to Atlanta The treatment of my cancer involved many [...]

children who undergo cancer treatment may face challenges later

Children Who Undergo Cancer Treatment May Face Challenges Later

For many children with childhood cancer, the battle doesn't just stop when treatment does. Research suggests that those who undergo treatment for cancer as a child often have long-term side effects that show up years later as an adult. Problems like memory loss, heart disease, lung disorders, etc.—And this can be frustrating. Cancer survivors don't want to come off as "whiners", but the issues are real. Survivors need people to understand. This includes family, friends and people at work. "We are doing [...]

4-Time Cancer Survivor Suggests 9 Tips To Help People Through Cancer

// In January of 2015, I had been in and out of the hospital. After I got out, I couldn't do much, so I wrote a 9-page eBook with 9 tips that helped me with surviving cancer. I then put it on Amazon.com. The eBook was called, "How to Survive and Thrive". I didn't write the eBook to say, "Hey, look at what I can do."—Because there are lots of other people who have been through a heck [...]

importance of rest when undergoing chemo

The Importance of Rest and Recovery When Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy can take its toll on the body, but many cancer survivors may feel tired or weak long after their treatment has finished. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, fatigue is a common symptom of some cancers. Patients may feel tired, down, heavy, or worn-out, and may lack the energy to carry out daily duties. This "cancer fatigue" can be relieved however. Getting plenty of rest and relaxation after chemotherapy can help your [...]

advice from the doctor

But the Doctor Said…

As cancer patients, and former cancer patients, we become very in-tune with our bodies. We memorize what drugs we are allergic to, we know exactly what it means when we feel a certain way and even why certain tests won't work on us. So docs, sometimes it's a good idea to listen to us.:) Recently, I had a needle biopsy. Needle biopsies do have their place, but not when diagnosing my condition. How do I know this?—Well through my own [...]

A Naturopathic Oncologist’s Primer on What Products Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors Should Not Take

As a Naturopathic Oncologist I work alongside of Medical Oncologists to provide complete care for people facing a new cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and for people who have completed their conventional care. This model of care is called Integrative Oncology and it allows people to receive the best of conventional care and the best of natural medicine simultaneously and is possible because the patient works with a physician expert in both areas. 80% of people who face a cancer diagnosis [...]

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 [...]