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Breast Cancer? Keep Laughing.

In my first post, Laughing at My Cancer, I talked about my use of a humor as a coping mechanism when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one thing to maintain a sense of humor while the disease is still an abstract concept, but what about when all the gears start moving? The beauty of using humor is that […]

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Kindest Cuts: Free Clips of Kindness for Cancer Patients

In mid-2010, Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen approached Jane Evans, a franchisee in Colorado, and asked her opinion about a philanthropy effort that could be offered system-wide: giving cancer patients free clipper haircuts when facing hair loss as a result of their treatment. Expressing a personal philosophy of “You’ve got to give to receive,” Jane signed on. Less than four […]

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Sisters and Best Friends, Conquering Challenges Together

There’s a saying out there about being kind to people no matter what, because we’re all fighting our own battles. In the Geist family, they’ve experienced two battles. One is now, thankfully, conquered—18-year-old Greta’s fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is coming to a close, as recent tests came back showing no signs of her cancer. “I felt relief, happiness, and excitement […]

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An Important Lesson: Living in the Moment

I learned an important lesson over the last two years: living through a traumatic experience can bring some life lessons home, even when you don’t think that you need them. On January 2, 2012, my life was changed forever when I received that knock on the door. As the wife of a police officer, a knock on the door can […]

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Creating Hope Together: Surround PTSD with Support

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are significant: someone suffering from the disorder feels stressed and frightened, even when there is no threat or danger. But researcher Dr. Steffany J. Fredman of Pennsylvania State University has zeroed in on how the effects of PTSD also can extend to loved ones. Through her research, she’s identified important ways that friends, […]

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