How to Kick Cancer to the Curb
Cancer is mean, vile and downright nasty. The evil one, as I prefer to call it, sneaks up on you when you least expect it. You and your loved ones get blindsided.
Cancer doesn't discriminate against age, race, gender or religion. It's heartless and thoughtless.
Once you are diagnosed with the evil one you have decisions to make. Treatments to consider. Or not to consider.
The choice is always yours and yours alone.
Hopefully you will have a support system who will be there for you. An advocate to hold your hand, takes notes or prepare a meal etc.
No one should ever travel this path alone.
Most of us have our tales to tell with cancer journeys we've dealt with.
For those of you who don't have tales, I hope you never have to deal with the pain, agony and distress that the evil one causes. But, if you should ever be faced with it, I hope you decide to kick cancer to the curb with every ounce of your being.
I have written a few articles about my cancer journeys. From the experiences I have had as a caregiver, supporter, cheerleader and advocate.
Included in this hub are my articles along with a few other fellow writers who have also been there and done that.
When you are part of a team you could move mountains. Teams give advice, strength, comfort and solace.
Cancer Teamwork with Social Networks is an article I wrote because I believe in the power of virtual support.
When faced with a dreadful diagnosis of cancer you become part of that world. Unless someone has walked in your shoes they don't understand. They'll never understand.
This is why being a part of a team is very beneficial for cancer patients. There are groups on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yahoo etc... that would give you the virtual support you need.
You never know where you will find the support unless you try. Don't be shy.
Cancer DOs and DON'Ts
- Have you ever been in a difficult situtation involving cancer?
- Have you ever wondered what you should say or shouldn't?
- Have you ever made false promises to a caregiver or cancer patient?
I have been in all three situations. For many years as caregiver, supporter, daughter, wife, cousin and friend.
Most of us strive to do or say the right thing. Some times it doesn't work on our behalf. I've written this Cancer Etiquette article from firsthand experience.
I hope we all read it and learn a thing or two or three along the way.
Colon Cancer Awareness
I have a family history of colon cancer. I lost my mother and maternal grandmother to this disease.
I, along with my siblings know that we must be proactive about our health and have routine colonoscopies.
Since we have a family history, testing should be done earlier than age 50.
We started at age 45. Every 3-5 years for life.
I wrote this Colon Cancer article regarding my procedures.
I'm honored to say that I've heard from over ten people who were motivated and inspired by me and had the procedure performed. I'm sure there are many more that I haven't heard from who I inspired.
It's a darn good feeling when you could help save someone's life. So just get 'er done!
Prostate Cancer Awareness
This is my husbands journey with Prostate Cancer. If anything I hope this article saves a few lives. As does my husband. He's truly the strongest and bravest man I've ever known. He took quite a few lickings and continues to keep ticking.
To all men, if you are age 40 and over please give yourself and your family a gift and have your PSA tested. It's a simple blood test that could possibly save your life.
If you have a family history, you may want to consider having your baseline PSA at age 35. Prostate Cancer is not an old man's disease. This is my article on the Importance of a PSA Test.
Just last week our PCa Group lost a wonderful man who was diagnosed at age 42. Another father of three was diagnosed at age 40. He left behind three young children. Neither man had a family history.
I recently heard about a 29 year old man with Prostate Cancer that metastasized. The next day I was told about a 36 year old man. It's a darn shame. Cancer has no age limit. It attacks all ages. Prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Treatments for Prostate Cancer via Provenge, Xofigo
Caregivers are Angels on Earth
I've had the honor of becoming friends with caregivers from all over the world.
Not just cancer caregivers, but the many other life altering diseases that require a caregiver.
These people give their heart and soul to the care of the patients they cherish. They advocate for them. They tend to their wounds of their body and mind.
This is my letter to the angels on earth, Caregivers.
Chronic Disease Fund
The Chronic Disease Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that offers assistance to people who can't afford the expensive medical care they need to survive.
To improve the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, or other life-altering conditions who cannot afford the medications they so desperately need.
Help Kick Cancer to the Curb with Donations!
Breast Cancer Caregiver Tips
Alecia Murphy shares caregiving tips for Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer awareness is something all women and even though it's rare, men should be concerned about.
There are so many treatments available when caught early, or sometimes at a later stage. Be proactive! Save the Ta-Ta's!
I recently heard a story of a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. At first she decided upon chemotherapy to help her beat the beast. After one treatment her hair began to fall out. She cancelled all her future appointments due to her fear of losing her hair. She decided to go the natural route for a cure. It was her choice.
We could choose to fight. We could choose not to.
We do the best we can with the knowledge we have.
Have you felt loss due to Cancer?
Whether we are the victim, loved one, friend or even employer cancer brings a sense of loss to many.
It doesn't care. It has the power to do what it wants, but we also have the power to kick it to the curb!
This article by Minnetonka Twin, who is a brave lung cancer survivor explains some of the Losses due to Cancer.
I recently lost a very dear friend to complications from small-cell lung cancer. Gangsta Granny also inspired many people during her lifetime.
It's OK to say NO!
- Do you always accept your doctors diagnosis as set in stone?
- How about when he writes a prescription, do you just have it filled and pop the pills?
- Do you ever do your own research?
- Are you familiar with pharmaceutical reps who visit your doctors often and lavish them with lunches so that the docs could push their drugs?
- Does your doctor often suggest tests that most likely aren't needed?
There you go. If you haven't pondered these questions before you will now because I have planted the seed in your mind. It's up to you to kick your disease to the curb!
Jordin Sparks - You'll Never Walk Alone
Healthylife2 shares with you 10 Chemotherapy Tips that you will benefit from during your treatments.
- Wigs for loss of hair
- How raw fruits could be harmful
- How exercise is vital
- To consider fasting
plus much more information...
Lessons are Learned on Cancer Journeys
I have met many people along my cancer journey. Many of them have become my friend. I've learned many things from each of them and in the process I hopefully taught them a few things too.
No one should ever be alone on their journey. Having others on your team gives you the strength and desire to keep up the fight.
I asked a few of my friends what cancer has taught them. This article contains their responses. What Has Cancer Taught You.
Did you benefit in any way from this article and/or links?
© 2012 Linda Bilyeu