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A Husband’s Journey Through a
Double Mastectomy

by Chris Spires

Breast Cancer. Like so many, I’ve seen the pink ribbons, watched women in pink t-shirts hit the streets for fundraising 5Ks, and cheered on pink-clad football players during the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness drives every October. Breast cancer awareness is ingrained in our society. That said, mine remained a passing awareness. That was until October 2016 when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

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The 5 Rules of Cancer Caregiving

by Ellen Polamero, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C

Although I’d like to tell you these are the five definitive rules for all cancer caregivers, the truth is that there really is no rulebook for this experience. When you sit down to read this list (or any other caregiving tips, for that matter), remember that not everything will apply to you and your loved one. This is your journey alone.

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When Your Child Has Cancer

by Michele Pierce

You wake up. You only have a second before reality punches you in the gut. The tears begin to fall. Soon they are streaming down your face. But you fight them off. You must be strong. You tell yourself that everything will be OK.

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How to be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

by Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP

“Hi, friend. I wanted to let you know I have some bad news. I have cancer.”
This moment has the potential to change everything, even between the closest of friends, as the lis­tener struggles with what to say or do next. But it shouldn’t.

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Gifts Closed the Distance

by Linda Slusser

When my long-distance best friend was diagnosed with cancer, I had to find a way to support her from afar. As the weeks of treatment proceeded, Marilyn looked forward to the little surprises I had lined up for her.

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Coping® Magazine’s
Guide to Lodging Accommodations

There are several reasons why peo­ple with cancer and their families may decide to travel to receive medical care. For cancer survivors and their families, finding accommodations can be a chal­lenge. Many facilities offer lodging for free or for a nominal fee. Each tempo­rary lodging program will have its own rules and criteria to qualify for services.

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Caring for Your Loved One with Lung Cancer

In recent years, there have been some exciting developments in treating lung cancer. But a diagnosis of lung cancer can still be overwhelming and leave feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness. There are important treatment decisions to make, emotional concerns to manage, and insurance and financial paperwork to organize, among other practical con­cerns. However, there are ways to cope through this journey as caregiver, and resources are available to benefit you and your loved one.

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The Language of Commitment

by Val Walker, MS

In times of illness, we of­ten need to depend on the help of others, and rely on them to follow through. But when someone backs out at the last minute or breaks a promise, even for understand­able reasons, we are left worried, stranded, or vulnerable.

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