For Better or For Worse
Denise & Alan Jackson Open Up about Surviving Cancer as a Couple

It all started in the small town of Newnan, GA – at the local Dairy Queen to be precise – long before country music veteran Alan Jackson would become the honky-tonk legend he is today. No, this wasn’t where the “Chattahoochee” singer got his big break. It was where, as a teen­ager, Alan met the love of his life, Denise. And today, after three and a half decades of marriage, three chil­dren, and a 25-year (and counting!) music career, the high-school sweet­hearts are more in love than ever.

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“It was the first time I felt like I was living out the phrase in our wedding vows ‘for better or for worse.'" - Alan

(Photo by Kristy Belcher)

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Managing Speech and Swallowing Complications Resulting from Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer often results in significant functional changes in speech, voice, and swallowing. These problems can occur as a result of the disease or of the treatment. It is important to have a thorough and real­istic understanding of the functional effects of treatment because the restora­tion of communication and the ability to swallow may be critical to your treatment decision.

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Why You Should Keep Moving through Cancer

You probably already know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy and can even help prevent disease. But what if you have cancer? What can exercise do for you?

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Living Well with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Advanced prostate cancer refers to cancer that has spread beyond the prostate. If you’re facing a diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer, the key to maintaining good quality of life and a positive attitude while fight­ing the disease is making sure you understand the potential side effects of each treatment option you’re consider­ing, as well as how to deal with them.

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When a Grandparent has Cancer

There are many excellent resources for talking to children when a mom or dad is facing cancer. Countless websites, books, and magazine articles have addressed these issues, and the same points are identified and empha­sized time and again.

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Write Your Way through Cancer

Expressive writing can be a wonder­ful tool for clarifying your thoughts, relieving stress, and improving communication skills. Each of these benefits alone is a great reason to write. Who can argue against clearing up the haze of our daily overload of informa­tion, stimulation, and trepidation? Who can object to writing their way to relax­ation? Who can rail against the benefits of better communication?

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The Hidden Scars of
Breast Cancer

by Beverly McKee, MSW, LCSW

As I emerge from a year of treatment for stage III breast cancer, I have 12 new scars. They vary in size, but each one bares a story of survival and a reminder of how much my body has endured in the name of surviving a life-threatening disease.

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