Actress Valerie Harper is Living Life Fully
… even with a diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer
According to the American Lung Association, every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with lung cancer. In 2009, beloved television and stage actress Valerie Harper became one of them. Following surgery to remove a tumor from her right lung, Valerie enjoyed four cancer-free years before learning that not only had her cancer returned, manifesting itself in the tissue surrounding her brain and spinal cord, but this time, it was terminal.
"I can't say I've suffered as some have. I've been extremely lucky."
Communities to Recognize Cancer Survivors, Raise Awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day® – Sunday, June 7
On Sunday, June 7, 2015, tens of thousands of people around the world will gather in their local communities to observe the 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®. Hundreds of cities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship, and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and inspiring.
Be the Author of Your Story
Ten years ago, I experienced some sudden, scary changes in my health. I went through nine months of doctor’s appointments and countless blood tests before I learned the cause of these changes. At first, I felt as if my life was orbiting out of control. Then I started writing about it. On the page, I emerged as a brave, truth-seeking warrior. No longer a scared, wounded victim, I was the author of my own life again.
Finding Comfort in the Midst of Fear
Many survivors worry about cancer recurrence every day, which isn’t surprising. A cancer diagnosis can rupture your sense of security. It seems to make no difference if your cancer is early or late stage, once you’ve been diagnosed with the disease, it can be difficult to control your fear.
Questions and Answers about Lymphedema
Lymphedema is the accumulation of a protein-rich body fluid called lymph, typically in one part of the body, when the lymphatic system for fluid transport is damaged. For example, if lymph nodes are removed from the armpit region during breast cancer treatment, lymphedema can occur in that arm.
RX for a Good Night’s Sleep
Imagine waking from a restful night of sleep feeling refreshed, reju- venated, and ready to start the day. If you’ve spent countless restless nights tossing and turning, this may seem like an unattainable luxury. But it doesn’t have to be.
If You Build It …
by Gail Presnell-Jones
I started my regeneration at Goodwill. No, I didn’t volunteer or utilize their many services; I simply shopped. After a year of battling cancer and an 18-month depression, I realized that I had two choices: I could continue to sit around in my fuzzy bathrobe, waiting for a miracle to lead me back into life, or I could get up, get dressed, and … Well, I wasn’t so sure what should come next, but I decided to go with that second option anyway. I would get up, get dressed, and take it from there.