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by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge Founder

CaringBridge is driven by the need and desire to help anyone dealing with cancer or any other serious health event by connecting them with loved ones.

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Cancer for College

by Craig Pollard, with Greg Flores

At 19, the disease reared its ugly head again, and this time it meant business. I watched from a hospital bed as my friends, family, baseball career, and college experience all seemed to slip away. One night, I had a conversation with God and pleaded for my health. In return, I vowed to make a difference.

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Working the System

by Kairol Rosenthal

Doctors make mistakes. Computers err. People are lazy. The healthcare system is buckling. When I think about sparing my lungs from metastases, saving my vocal chords from unnecessary surgery, and getting the best treatment regimen possible, I approach the challenges of the system as if I’m on a personal vendetta. Here are some tips I have learned that may help you work the healthcare system to your advantage.

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by APOS staff

The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs concludes that it is not possible to deliver quality cancer care without addressing psychosocial health needs. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer can be effectively addressed with a number of services and interventions.

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Spirit Jump

by Spirit Jump staff

Spirit Jump is a grassroots nonprofit organization that sends cards and gifts to cancer fighters for the purpose of lifting their spirits and letting them know they are not alone in their battle.

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What Is Palliative Care?

by Paul Glare, MD

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, treatment is obviously the number one priority. However, at the same time, most people diagnosed with cancer may be in pain, feel nauseous, or be short of breath. They are likely to be anxious, angry, or depressed. And their family and friends may need support. Addressing these multiple issues in a comprehensive and coordinated way is called palliative care.

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The Oncology Nurse

by Virginia R. Martin, RN, MSN, AOCN

An oncology registered nurse is an essential partner for a person with a cancer diagnosis. The nurse who specializes in cancer care provides comfort, commitment, and a professional guiding hand to the person with cancer and his or her family as the plan of treatment is outlined after a diagnosis is confirmed.

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You’ve Got Cancer. Now What?

by Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP

When cancer strikes or there is a recurrence, your life changes completely. Everything you took for granted is now in question. People often feel like they are living on a roller coaster.

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