Star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Tarek El Moussa Takes on Thyroid Cancer

When it comes to raising aware­ness, television personalities have a platform that allows them to reach millions. Take Katie Couric, for example. After she under­went a colonoscopy live on national television in March 2000, colonoscopy rates nationwide jumped more than 20 percent. However, HGTV host Tarek El Moussa’s story is a complete reversal. That’s right. A viewer spurred his visit to the doctor. Being a television star certainly has its perks, but for Tarek, it may have been lifesaving.

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Tarek and Christina on location of their TV show
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Healing Together

When I started drawing an animal a day in 2006 on the one-year anniversary of my April 1st leukemia diagnosis (that’s right, I was told that I had cancer on April Fools’ Day!), I certainly had no idea that I would still be adding to this collection over three thousand days later. In fact, at that time, I wasn’t sure whether I would still be alive nine years later.

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Occupational Therapy Helps Cancer Survivors Live Life to Its Fullest

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors living in the United States will grow to more than 18 million by 2022. While the good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, many of these survivors will face ongoing challenges due to the harsh toll these life-saving treatments can take on the body.

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The Aftermath of Cancer

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did my best to muddle through treatment – mostly clinging to the notion that it would all be over soon and I’d finally be able to put it behind me. However, the “end” I so fervently awaited never actually came.

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How to Tell Your Kids That You Have Cancer
7 Essential Questions You’ll Need to Answer

For any parent diagnosed with cancer, how your diagnosis will affect your children is a top con­cern. This is especially true for parents of young children or teenagers still living at home. Not wanting to worry or upset them, many parents feel unsure about how to tell their children they have can­cer. Some even question whether they should discuss it with their children at all.

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Infections Are Serious Threats for People with Cancer
Learn How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that your body’s number-one defense against infections is often compromised when you have cancer? Both chemo­therapy and radiation therapy can weaken your immune system, lessening its abil­ity to put up a good fight against the germs that cause infections. Moreover, surgery and other medical procedures break or damage the skin – your body’s primary infection defense – increasing your risk for developing infection.

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Lessons Learned

by Mary Dunnewold

In general, I don’t think about cancer in terms of lessons learned, because I believe cancer is just stupid and unlucky, not a golden opportunity to improve your life. Whether we’ve been diagnosed with cancer or not, all of us should live every moment to its fullest because life is, in fact, short. I believed that before I had cancer, and I think I did a good job putting it into practice.

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