Coping with Cancer

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Homemade Music Video for Ryan Hamner’s Song “Give it Up” Made While at Home Recovering

// // For those that know me, well, you probably know that I’m not at all a perfect man; or even close. - But I am a Christian and throughout my battle with cancer, my faith has helped me through so much. Please take a minute and watch a short homemade video I made for my song, “Give it Up” while recovering at home from pericarditis, myocarditis, pneumonia and a blood clot in January, 2013.

Ryan’s Keynote Speech from the “Hear the Heart” Tour of Summer 2010

In summer of 2010, I was fortunate enough to embark on my "Hear the Heart" tour, which was sponsored by HopeLab; makers of the game Re-Mission which is a video game for young people with cancer. (Did I mention it rocks?) This tour was one of the most memorable times of my life. I was a broke musician for one - but I was also touring hospitals, clinics, children's camps and you name it, performing for survivors and those affected [...]

“Survivors Survive” – Being Played Around the World and Reaching Others

The story of "Survivors Survive" is a crazy one if you have read any of my other blogs about the song and how it came to be. I won't go into all of the details; however, I would like to talk about how this song has touched thousands and sent out a message that continues to "deliver". In 2011, shortly after recording this song, I wanted desperately to do a video, but at the time couldn't pay for the type [...]

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What is Thrombosis

A great deal of people worldwide are diagnosed each year with thrombosis and its most severe complication, thromboembolism and it is only normal to wonder "what is thrombosis" exactly. Thrombosis represents a medical condition characterized by the formation of a blood clot (known medically as thrombus) within the blood vessels ( arteries, veins and capillaries) which carry blood in the body. This disorder which affects the circulatory system causes the obstruction of the blood flow and in case this coagulated [...]

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5 Simple Ways to Become Healthier

1 - Exercise at Least 3 Times a Week Now, some of you may be thinking, "well I'm not joining a gym. I'm not going to run a triathlon. I'm not..." FINE! - You don't have to! However, you can lean up, increase energy levels, get more oxygen to your brain, relieve depression naturally and feel friggin' great just from taking a 20-minute brisk walk. If you can't go 20 minutes, start off with 10 or whatever you can go [...]

10 Clues That Someone is a Cancer Survivor

1. They are a bit skinny, but strong as hell! 2. A long day used to be working from 9 to 5, but not anymore. 3. The thing they value most is people, not money. 4. Those little arguments from years ago have long been forgotten. - And not from chemo brain! 5. They will kick your ass in the "who has the most scars" contest. 6. They probably know the definition of the word, "petechiae". 7. They know where their "good veins" are. 8. They [...]