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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.