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Living with Cancer: It can’t all be sunshine and roses

AnneMarieCeratoby Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer, CKN Young Adult Section Editor

 

Life is hard enough under normal circumstances, but you get thrown into the lion’s den when you are diagnosed with cancer. Its something that changes you forever, whether you want it to or not. The diagnosis and the fallout usurp every fiber of who you are before cancer. If you are lucky, you get cured, but you can’t forget. Some of us are able to shake it off or move on and become survivors. I am not one of them.

 

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A Breath of Fresh Air

AnneMarieCeratoby Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer

 

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

For a very long time, lung cancer research had languished and little improvement occurred in treatments and patient care. Most required chemo, radiation, or invasive surgery, or perhaps a combination of all three. Despite these interventions, many patients died.  It was a pretty hopeless time.

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The Need for Lung Cancer Literacy

AnneMarieCeratoby Anne  Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer, CKN Young Adult Section Editor

 

November 1st marked Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Canada and the US. It received little fan-fare and still largely goes unnoticed. After all we don’t have cute logos, fancy ribbons, big marketing campaigns, and many media outlets just don’t pick up the lung cancer story. So what do we have? We have numbers, we have stigma, and we have hope.

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Cancer Narratives: Virtual Loss, Real Pain

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Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about Virtual Loss.

 


by Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer, CKN Young Adult Section Editor

After I was diagnosed with cancer, I longed for connection, someone somewhere that could tell me I wasn’t alone. I found my tribe online. Actually I found a few tribes because my experience, like many out there, didn’t fit a neatly tied up definition of the cancer experience. I wasn’t just a young adult, or just a lung cancer patient, but a young adult with incurable ALK+ lung cancer. So eventually I found what I was looking for. I cannot tell you how powerful it is to connect with people who have walked in your shoes.

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Cancer Narratives: Tattoo Therapy

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Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about Tattoo Therapy.

 


by Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer, CKN Young Adult Section Editor

There are a few words I thought I’d never utter together, tattoos and therapy are an example, mind you “I have cancer” is another! You might wonder how inflicting pain on one’s self could be seen as therapeutic, but I swear to you it is. The pain is temporary, what stays behind is a permanent reminder, much like a scar. Before actually getting tattooed, I did try conventional therapy, it worked for a while, but was somewhat unsatisfying, but I’m jumping the gun!! We really should start at the beginning.

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