A Conversation with
Breast Cancer Survivor and Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta Star Lori Allen Says Yes to Survival
Famed bridal-store owner Lori Allen readily admits that she’s no overnight success. Two weeks after graduating college, the sassy star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta set up shop in a cramped, 1,000-square-foot section of an Atlanta strip mall. With a little time and a lot of hard work, Bridals by Lori blossomed into one of the nation’s largest full-service bridal salons. The thriving business caught the eye of television network TLC, and in 2010, Bridals by Lori became the setting for Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, with Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids falling in line soon thereafter.
“Coming out of the other side of cancer, life sure is good.”
What Can I Do to Feel Better?
When I was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, I remember my initial shock. I also recall that I had to wait to start treatment. I had medical appointments during that period, but I also had plenty of time to worry. As a rehabilitation physician, I know there is a better way to use this critical window of time between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment – and it’s called cancer prehabilitation.
Life after Prostate Cancer Treatment
The transition from prostate cancer patient to prostate cancer survivor can be difficult for some men. Even if all detected cancer was removed or eradicated through treatment, there is always the fear that it may return or spread. It’s natural to experience some level of anxiety around this, and it’s not unfounded. Statistically, biochemical recurrence, a rise in PSA levels that may indicate the presence of active prostate cancer, is not uncommon. This is why regular follow-up with your doctor after treatment is complete is so important.
You Can Move Past Mood and Anxiety Disorders
The first step to overcoming mood and anxiety disorders after a cancer diagnosis is to recognize them. Mood and anxiety disorders are very common among people with cancer, even for those who never experienced these types of issues prior to their cancer diagnosis. Many factors can play into the development of these disorders, including the stress of the illness, the cancer itself, and its treatment. Those without strong social support systems are at higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders.
How Do I Talk to My Kids about Cancer?
If you’re facing the challenge of parenting with cancer, you’re not alone – more than 1.5 million cancer survivors have children under the age of 18. Facing a cancer diagnosis can be difficult, but talking with your children about it may seem equally challenging.
FDA Approves Nexavar to Treat Type of Thyroid Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approved uses of Nexavar (sorafenib) to treat late-stage (metastatic) differentiated thyroid cancer. The drug’s new use is intended for patients with locally recurrent or metastatic, progressive differentiated thyroid cancer that no longer responds to radioactive iodine treatment.
Blessings in Disguise
A Poem by Monica M. Paul
There are moments when we wonder,
is it something that we’ve done,
Is it something that we didn’t do that
made us be the one?