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Live the Life You Love

by Wade Brill

Holy shit, I am a cancer survivor. Five years after my diagnosis, I am finally able to embrace those words.

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Adopting a New Normal after Cancer

by Kathleen McBeth, MA

After my doctor told me I had cancer, the rest of the visit was a blur. I was told that I would eventually discover a “new normal,” but this concept was lost on me. I just wanted to have my old normal back.

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On the Job Hunt after Cancer

by Julie Jansen

A recent Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of Cancer and Careers found that 78% of the cancer survivors surveyed were concerned that their cancer diag­nosis would hinder their ability to find a new job. For many survivors, job hunting after cancer proves to be a chal­lenging experience. However, you can rest assured that if you are qualified for a job, an employer cannot refuse to hire you simply because you have had cancer.

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Balancing Cancer and Your Career as a Young Adult

by Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP

No matter your age at diag­nosis, you’ll likely feel the impact of cancer in every corner of your life. However, for young adults, cancer poses unique challenges, especially when it comes to employment.

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Ready to Get Back to Work?

by Leah Slagenwhite

First of all, you need to know that you are a conqueror. Seriously! The fact that you are even tinkering with the idea of going back to work during or after cancer is a success. Consequently, you may be excited to get back to work. Or you may find the prospect of re-entering the workforce unnerving. No matter what end of the spectrum you’re on, going back to work during or after cancer brings up many questions.

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When Survival Isn’t Enough

by Samman Shahpar, MD

Whether you have been newly diagnosed with cancer or have completed treatment, the recovery process is about achiev­ing your highest potential, which not only includes survival but also main­taining function.

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The Art of Living in the Present

by Katherine Easton, LCSW, OSW-C

Living with cancer often defines how we view not only our lives and our health but also our future. To focus on the future is natural for all of us, as we plan and organize our thoughts and actions about what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, or even years from now. How­ever, people living with cancer may find themselves constantly worried about their future.

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Learning to Advocate for Yourself

by Irene Goss-Werner, MSW, LICSW

Communicating your needs when you have cancer may seem straightforward, but for many people, self-advocacy can be daunting. However, once you learn some basic self-advocacy skills, you’ll find that communicating your needs to your medical team, partner, family, friends, or colleagues will allow others to be involved in your care in the ways you want them to be. By using the follow­ing purposeful, thoughtful approaches to communication, you’ll be better able to let others know what is and is not helpful, while enabling yourself to set limits and more easily express your concerns.

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