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Taboo of
The Black Eyed Peas
Speaks Out about His Fight with Testicular Cancer

Born Jimmy Luis Gomez, Taboo is best known as the longhaired rapper/dancer from the multi­platinum pop group The Black Eyed Peas. With more than 75 million records sold – not to mention six Grammy Awards – The Black Eyed Peas are one of the world’s best-selling pop groups. Taboo has contributed to pop hits like “Boom Boom Pow,” “Where Is the Love?” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

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“I’m a warrior.
I’m a champion.
I’m a Fighter.
I’m not givin’ in.”
      – Taboo, “The Fight”

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The Power of Acceptance

In October 2011, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Despite the encouraging biopsy results that indicated a slow-growing, early-stage cancer, I chose to listen to my intuition and insisted that my doctors remove my prostate immediately. It’s a good thing they did because the post-surgery tissue studies showed that the cancer was extremely aggressive.

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Integrative Oncology
Bridging the Gap between Ancient Healing and Modern Medicine

Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer while in her early 50s. In the months following her diag­nosis, she underwent surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. While bat­tling the physical, psychological, and social side effects of her treatment, she diligently followed her doctor’s instruc­tions and her nurse’s advice. She asked questions at every appointment and stayed informed through various online patient resources. However, during the course of her treatment and in the months that followed, she found herself increas­ingly faced with questions that did not seem to have easy answers.

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Write to Heal
Expressive Writing for Adults with Cancer

Convincing people with cancer to write about their thoughts and feelings as a coping strategy can be a hard sell. From that first elementary school essay, for many people, writing means dead­lines, criticism, comparison, rejection. “I can’t write,” they say. “I’m not a writer. No thanks.”

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In Sickness and in Health
Facing Cancer Together as a Couple

While a cancer diag­nosis is given to just one person, it can have a ripple effect on everyone who cares about that person. For many cou­ples, the challenges that accompany cancer diagno­sis, treatment, and recovery can be difficult and long lasting. The words “in sick­ness and in health” take on an entirely new meaning when cancer enters the relationship.

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Where Can I Go for Cancer Rehabilitation?

There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number will increase to an estimated 20 million by the year 2026. Greater than half of these survi­vors will experience complications of cancer and its treatment, which can profoundly affect their function and quality of life. Moreover, finding rehabilitation services to help improve function and quality of life after cancer can be a challenge for many survivors.

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Finding My Cancer Lifeline

by Roberta Aberle

Cancer has always been a con­stant in my family. Even from an early age, I’ve always known I was at risk. Several uncles and aunts, as well as three of my grandparents, lost their lives to cancer. When a few cousins were diagnosed, my fears increased. I began doing everything I could to mitigate my risks – eating the right foods, exercising regularly, avoiding toxins, and just taking care of myself.

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