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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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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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The Skinny on Low-Fat Diets

A new study is showing that low-carb diets such as the popular Atkins, Paleo and South Beach diets may be better choices for losing weight than low-fat diets. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, published on their site, that low-carb diets are safe for shorter periods of time and a bit more effective than low-fat diets when it comes to losing weight. // Mayo Clinic doctors’ research from the period of January 2005 to April 2016 looked at the potential [...]

cold cap helps breast cancer patients keep hair

Cold Cap Helps Breast Cancer Patients Keep Hair

A recent clinical trial to reduce hair loss in breast cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy is showing positive results. The cap is worn for thirty minutes during treatment and then for 1 hour after treatment. Wearing the cold cap brings the temperature of the scalp down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit and reduces blood flow to the scalp during chemotherapy. The study found that just over half of women who used a cold cap during chemotherapy treatment kept their hair although [...]

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12 Year Old Leukemia Survivor Gets the Chance to ‘Blow Something Up’

I remember when I was 9 and had cancer, Dreams Come True called me at home. They wanted to tell me that they had received my request for a bike. I was thrilled to say the least. My whole family got into our little minivan and drove to Mike's Bikes. It was there that the owner, Mike, hooked me up with the bike of my choice. Think getting a bike is cool, well it is.—But what about having the opportunity to blow [...]

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Drug Option for Cancer Patients with Anxiety Will Have You Seeing Things

In 1997 I started chemotherapy for my fourth recurrence of Hodgkins Lymphoma and I was prescribed the drug Marinol for nausea and appetite. It made one hell of a difference. My last chemo treatment had been in 1988 and "one simply did not have chemo and not vomit." You see, my problem had always been vomit. Get treatment, vomit. Repeat. (Read more about it in this article.) However, Marinol, which is a man-made form of cannabis changed all of that. While on the medication I [...]