As a 25-year cancer survivor, a “veteran” if you will, there is a natural tendency for newly diagnosed cancer patients to gravitate toward me. After all, I’ve “been there done that.” And I am more than happy to help, mentor and coach those just starting out on this scary and life-altering journey. My approach is to be open with sharing my experiences, challenges and how I’ve dealt with adversity, guided by the following principles.
Your money or your health? When it comes to nutrition, sometimes it can seem like a choice between the two. Yes, healthy eating can be expensive. But, with a little planning, it doesn’t have to be.
Men are often reluctant to share their feelings. When trouble strikes, they tend to bottle it up, keep a stiff upper lip and carry on. This is especially true for young men facing cancer.
“Am I pooping enough? Why is my poop green?” Seemingly silly questions like these are, in fact, important to understanding your body. The bowel movement chart below will help you decode your stool and discover helpful insights into your health. Keep in mind that everyone’s bodies are different and only a medical professional can evaluate your individual symptoms and observations.
Along with health worries, a cancer diagnosis can cause stress due to concerns about finances, insurance, employment and even housing. You may also have to deal with legal matters while you’re in treatment.
Regardless of how or when you choose to share your experience, remember that your voice could make a difference in someone’s life. All I can hope is that my words might reach another survivor and remind them that they are not alone.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I left work to go to my doctor’s appointment and planned on being back to the office in time for a meeting. Little did I know my entire life would flip upside down that afternoon. I can still hear the doctor say those infamous three words, “you have cancer.” After that, it turned into a Peanuts cartoon when the adults are talking. Wahh, wahh, wahh…
Are you the research partner a Roswell Park scientist is looking for? You might be — even if you don’t have a degree in biochemistry or cellular biology. With a grant from the National Cancer Institute, Roswell Park has launched the Research Oncology Community Knowledge program — “ROCKstars” — to give patients, survivors, and other members of the community a way to add their voices to the research process.