ESPN Reporter and Cancer Survivor Shelley Smith Shares Her Story

If you follow sports, you’ve prob­ably seen Shelley Smith – a lot. The longtime ESPN reporter (she’s been with the network since 1997) and current SportsCenter correspondent has covered just about every sporting event in existence, racking up four Emmys in the process. It’s safe to say that Shelley is one of ESPN’s most recognizable on-air personalities. Last spring, Shelley became even more recognizable when she appeared on ESPN completely bald after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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Shelley Smith

“Hair has been such a big part of my career. I’ve had big hair, curly hair, short hair, long hair, but never no hair.”

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Tools for Coping with Stress

Let me be blunt. I am seventy-three-and-a-half years old. In 2005, when my 31-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, I came undone. I was flooded with stress and anxiety for the better part of a year. The aftershocks lasted a couple more. And I am a skilled psychologist who is used to helping people through difficult journeys. It was undeniably the very worst experi­ence of my life.

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Supporting Your Wife through Cancer

When your wife is diagnosed with cancer, you may find yourself suddenly thrust into a new role as caregiver. As her spouse, you must learn how to support her both emotionally and practically. But how can you best help your wife through cancer while also getting the support you need as a caregiver?

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After Cancer, Looking Forward Gratefully

How did this happen to me? I fol­lowed all the rules, consumed healthy food, exercised regularly, got routine check-ups, went to church, volunteered, and generally felt vigor­ous and well. Still, cancer marched in and made itself a home in my lym­phatic system.

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Take Control of Worry

Lauren, a devoted mom of two young children, committed part­ner, competent professional, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, arrived in the office pleading, “I don’t want to feel like this anymore. This worry is taking too much of my time.” When faced with a cancer diagnosis, even the most resilient individuals can find themselves experiencing strong emotions resulting from distressing thoughts unlike any they have ever experienced before.

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Choosing Healthy Eating during Cancer Treatment and Beyond

Having cancer can change how you see the world. You want to make the most of each day, you are more grateful for family and friends, and you ask yourself, “What can I do to be healthy during and after treatment?”

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One Step at a Time
How I Went from Being Unable to Walk After Cancer to Running Marathons

by Matt Jones

On January 29, 2016, I crossed the finish line of my seventh mara­thon on my seventh continent. Just three days prior, I completed my sixth mara­thon on my sixth continent, Antarctica – yes, I ran a marathon in Antarctica. But twelve years earlier, at age 25, I was relearning how to walk.

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