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.

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Valerie Harper

"I can't say I've suffered as some have. I've been extremely lucky."

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HELP! My Skin’s Not the Same after Treatment

“My skin just hasn’t been the same since chemo­therapy.” I hear this comment frequently from cancer survi­vors, who often follow the statement with a list of the changes they’ve ob­served: drier, more sensitive skin; brittle nails; hair alterations; skin discoloration; and more. Survivor skin can be different from pretreatment skin in many ways. Some skin changes will resolve with time; others may not.

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Quiet, Please ...
It’s Time to Connect with Your Soul

Bombarded – that’s the word survi­vors often use to describe what happens to you right after finding out you have cancer. You barely have time to absorb the shock of the diagno­sis before you’re hit with complicated medical information and instructions, a calendar full of medical appointments, and a cascade of phone calls.

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Lost Appetite?
Satisfying Solutions for Getting the Nutrition You Need

As important as it is to eat well during cancer treatment, for many survivors, finding the motivation to do so can be challenging. Cancer can put you in a hypermetabolic (fuel-burning) state that can rob your muscles of pro­tein and cause weight loss, depleting your stamina and leaving you easily fatigued. So what can you do to overcome these barriers to good nutrition?

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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.

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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.

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Major League Survival
Finding My Identity in the First Inning after Cancer

by Dave Dravecky

Battling cancer is hard enough, but for many survivors, of which I am one, cancer leaves us with an even tougher battle to fight. That battle has to do with our identity.

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