Making Sure the Kids Are All Right
by Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT
Children are super resilient. They are amazing beings with their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, ways of coping, and support systems. With that said, however, most parents have a strong and instinctive desire to protect their children, especially from hearing the words, “I have cancer.”
When Life Gives You Cancer,
Find the Celebration
by Shannon Doan-Duff
Only 11 weeks after my dad was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, I too became a member of the cancer club. I had melanoma. My family went from being a “normal” family (normal being relative for those who know us) to a family living with cancer. Living, though, took on an entirely different meaning after cancer entered the picture.
Fighting Back Against Melanoma
by Debra Black
About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with melanoma in situ, which is a very early stage of this type of skin cancer. Luckily, it was something that could be addressed with a routine procedure. However, because of that diagnosis, I knew I remained at risk for skin cancer and was advised to see a dermatologist at least every three months for a full body exam, which I did.
The Road From Grief to Grace
by Nicole Zechella
One week after my 30th birthday, I was told I had a large melanoma in the center of my back. The dermatologist informed me that I had an appointment for that afternoon with a surgeon to discuss the next step. My denial started as soon as I hung up the phone. Like in the movie of the week, I found myself in front of a very impressive, degreed doctor nodding on autopilot as he told me directly, clearly, quietly, “Nicole, you have cancer.”