Tag: #survivor

Coping with Hair Loss from Chemo

When many cancer patients learn they must undergo chemotherapy, often one of the first things they wonder is, “Will I lose my hair?” Many, but not all, chemotherapy drugs cause hair thinning or hair loss. While some patients lose only the hair on their heads, other  patients lose eyelashes, eyebrows, leg hair, and so on…. Read more »

How to Take the Pledge to End Pancreatic Cancer

Project Purple is asking you to ‘Take the Pledge to End Pancreatic Cancer’! The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer has slowly inched its way up to 9%. It is thrilling to make progress in the battle against this deadly disease, but we know we need to do much more to save lives. We are… Read more »

How to Banish Insomnia and Get Amazing Sleep

It all started when I found out I had cancer. Suddenly, I found myself tossing and turning at night, unable to sleep. I slept fewer and fewer hours each night, and I was constantly waking up.  I researched insomnia and tried all the recommended ‘sleep hygiene’ tips. Still, sleep was elusive.  I’m not the only… Read more »

Parenting and Cancer: “How do I do it?”

Being a parent is the best job in the world, but it is also a difficult job, even on the best of days. Throw in a cancer diagnosis and being a parent becomes much more difficult. Following my own 2013 cancer diagnosis, I worried how my illness would affect my children. How would I explain… Read more »

Fighting Cancer: A Nightmare of Debt

No one should have to worry about going into debt while fighting for their life. Unfortunately, when a patient has cancer, they will endure difficult and extremely costly treatments.  Recent research has shown that half of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck and cannot afford to pay an unexpected bill of only $400.  A cancer diagnosis would quickly cause… Read more »