dumb things said to me as a cancer patient

Some Hilariously Dumb Things Said to Me as a Cancer Patient

// Below is a list of funny things I've heard over the years as a result of having cancer. None of these were crushing blows that impacted my life, and most people didn't mean any harm. Many times people just don't know what they are saying. Believe me, I've said my fair share of goofy comments over the years and will continue to do so. Enjoy and comment with your experiences. Ryan 1. "Nice haircut... you look like a cancer patient." This was [...]

Cancer Treatment: Follow Your Heart, Literally

Cancer, when you beat it, everything is over and you are free to return to your regularly scheduled life, without interruption.—Yeah. My first bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma was at age 5, followed by occurrences at ages 9, 11 and 21 when I finally received a bone marrow transplant. I had "beaten" cancer, sort of. So why do I say I had beaten cancer, "sort of?" Well I was cancer-free, yes, but I wasn't free from the effects of the treatments it took to [...]

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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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According to Some Docs, This One Thing is How I Survived it All

If you are a survivor of anything serious or out of the ordinary, you’ve probably been asked how you got through it, how you dealt with it or what was it like? “Man, how did you escape those reptilians?” A lot of times when people ask me how I got through having cancer 4 times (or escaped the reptilians), etc. etc., my reply is always, “Well I’ve never had to go to a third world country and have people shoot [...]

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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 [...]

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From Doc to Smartphone: Are Hypnosis Apps Safe?

As a child I was hypnotized just before my chemotherapy treatments on my second recurrence. It was all in an effort to keep me from getting sick. Like "three-day-old raw sushi that's been left out in the sun" sick. No matter what we did, nothing kept me from getting violently ill after a chemo session. It was miserable. The routine was: 1) Show up at the clinic and wait anxiously for treatment. 2) Get treatment and wait anxiously to get sick. 3) Get sick and [...]