Coping with Cancer

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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 [...]

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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 [...]