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Posts categorized under 'Emotional Support'

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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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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Chemo vs. Taste Buds: The Culinary Side Effects of Cancer

When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in May of 2012, the last thing our family wanted to give up was our favorite pastime: eating. But chemotherapy does more to the appetite than cause nausea; it affects the way things feel and taste. Rather than let his treatments kick us in the palate, we problem-solved ways to […]

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Summertime Family Camps: Time Together, Memories Forever

My family is fun, silly, loving and, well, crazy–but in the best sense possible. Like many families, we have our own challenges and life situations to work through. My big brother has cerebral palsy. You probably wouldn’t know it if you looked at him–he is affected most in his cognitive abilities. Though he is 37, he is unable to understand […]

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