Former Good Morning America Host
Takes on Breast Cancer as the Opportunity of a Lifetime
In 1980, aspiring news anchor Joan Lunden broke into the media spotlight by landing a job co-hosting ABC’s Good Morning America. Over the course of her nearly two-decade run on the show, Joan secured her position as one of most popular and respected media personalities in the business.
“People say that nobody goes through breast cancer and comes out the same person. And they’re absolutely right.”
What It Is and What You Can Do about It
Over the past several years, the medical community has become increasingly aware of a phenomenon that cancer survivors have long experienced – chemo brain. Yes, recent research shows that cancer-related “brain fog” is real, and it can have a significant impact on quality of life.
Coping with Cancer and the Holidays
A Delicate Balance
For many, the holiday season is a joyous time of reconnecting with family and friends, overindulging in seasonal treats, and observing long-standing traditions (or creating new ones). However, along with good tidings and cheer, the holidays also bring steep expectations, obligations, and stress. When cancer is thrown into the mix, the season becomes all the more difficult.
Confronting Cancer as a Senior Adult
Factors to Consider While Making Treatment Decisions
Making treatment decisions can be challenging. Meeting with multiple specialists to discuss everything from chemotherapy to survivorship plans is an overwhelming part of the cancer experience for anyone diagnosed with cancer. However, if you’re a senior adult, you also have a unique set of challenges to consider as you work with your healthcare team to plan your treatment.
The Story of the Stomachless Chef
Gastric Cancer Survivor Hans Rueffert
Renowned chef Hans Rueffert’s culinary roots run deep. When he was only four years old, his parents bought the Woodbridge Inn, a hotel and restaurant nestled in historic downtown Jasper, GA. Hans grew up working in the restaurant’s kitchen alongside his German chef father, washing dishes, shucking oysters, preparing salads, and generally loathing the family business. It wasn’t until Hans, at 18 years old, learned how to cook that he fell in love with the culinary arts.
Diagnosis: Kidney Cancer
Kidney cancer begins when normal cells in one or both kidneys change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. Several types of kidney cancer can develop, including renal cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma (also called urothelial carcinoma), sarcoma of the kidney, and Wilms tumor.
Let’s Be Honest …
The New Etiquette for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends
by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Giving your friend with cancer permission to tell you the truth about what they want and what they’re feeling doesn’t mean they have to tell you absolutely everything. When friends of mine asked how I was doing during breast cancer, I used to answer in detail – until I started noticing how often their eyes glazed over.