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Putting Pain in the Past: Palliative Care

Several years ago, I met a young woman (I will call her Catherine) who received a new diagnosis of leukemia. Not surprisingly, she and her family were overwhelmed with the news. She had always been so healthy. While her illness was serious, she was actively in treatment and had every hope for recovery. At the same time, she was exhausted […]

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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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Resilience Technology: Gaming Our Way to Better Health

Kids with cancer: It might feel like a hopeless situation. But in the third of a three-part series on resilience, Fred Dillon, Director of Product Development at HopeLab, tells us about how giving these kids a sense of control can actually improve their chances of recovery. When bad things happen to us, we often feel powerless to change them. Our […]

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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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Made in the Shade: Top 5 Tips for Sun Safety

Dermatologist Neil Shah offers his top five tips for sun safety this summer. 1. Make sunscreen your last line of defense. Sunscreen is important, but it’s actually comes in last in Dr. Neil Shah’s list of ways to protect your skin (see his 4 additional tips below). “And when you do use sunscreen,” says Dr. Shah, “read the label and […]

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