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Talking Bladder Cancer
with Marilu
Marilu Henner and Husband,
Michael Brown, Open Up about His Bladder Cancer, Her Role as Caregiver, & How to Talk Frankly about the Disease

Michael and Marilu have teamed up with Genen­tech to talk about how bladder cancer survivors can navigate difficult discussions with their partner, loved ones, and doctors. The couple recently shared with Coping how they took on cancer – together.

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"I am grateful for Marilu's support as my own personal 'health concierge.' She made all of the challenges easier." - Michael

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A Husband’s Journey Through a Double Mastectomy
Tips on Coping, Supporting Your Wife, & What the Doctors Don’t Tell You

Breast Cancer. Like so many, I’ve seen the pink ribbons, watched women in pink t-shirts hit the streets for fundraising 5Ks, and cheered on pink-clad football players during the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness drives every October. Breast cancer awareness is ingrained in our society. That said, mine remained a passing awareness. That was until October 2016 when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

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Grief
Can anything good come of it?

Everyone experiences it. Some people fear it, desperately seek­ing to get out of it quickly. Others wrap it around themselves and sink deeply into it, sometimes for years. It’s more than just a feeling – it’s a process. It is grief. Grief is the conflicting feelings and inner turmoil caused by the end of – or change in – something. Many people have this notion that they can avoid grief. But, guess what? You can’t. It’s part of the human experience.

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When Cancer Comes Calling:
Gratitude as a Source of Meaning,
Hope, & Strength

May was in her early 30s when she was diagnosed with ad­vanced breast cancer. When we met, she was using a wheelchair, no longer able to walk due to spinal me­tastases. May described herself as “an open book.” And, indeed, she gener­ously shared her life’s story with me and with others in the weekly cancer support group I was leading.

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Coping with Bladder Cancer

A diagnosis of bladder cancer can leave you and your loved ones feeling uncertain, anx­ious, and overwhelmed. There are important treatment decisions to make, emotional concerns to manage, and insurance and financial paperwork to organize, among other practical concerns.

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The 5 Rules of Cancer Caregiving

Although I’d like to tell you these are the five definitive rules for all cancer caregivers, the truth is that there really is no rulebook for this experience. When you sit down to read this list (or any other caregiving tips, for that matter), remember that not everything will apply to you and your loved one. This is your journey alone.

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Survivor of the Week

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Sean Swarner:
Defying the Odds
For two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner, nothing’s impossible. Not even the Explorers Grand Slam.

by Kaylene Chadwell

Completing the Explorers Grand Slam, which includes climbing the highest mountain on every continent and trekking to the North and South Poles, would be an impressive feat for anyone to accomplish. But for someone like Sean Swarner – a two-time cancer survivor with only one functioning lung, who was twice told he had only weeks to live, and who once spent almost an entire year in a medically induced coma – you’d think that achievement would be all but impossible. That is, if you didn’t know Sean. His whole life has been about defying the odds.

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