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Pinkwashing: Thoughts from a First Year Breast Cancer Survivor





by Shannon Cox, Living with Cancer

Welcome to October or “Pinktober” as it’s known in the breast cancer community. The month of October is breast cancer awareness month and everything is pink, like really pink. You can’t go to the store or turn on the television without seeing pink. We call this “Pinkwashing” because so many things are bathed in pink.

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Today’s Cancer Patient: what should they plan for?

RobinMcGeeby Dr. Robin McGee, Living with Cancer

Recently, I made it to five years post-surgery for stage IIIC colorectal cancer.

Five years.

Technically, by NCI guidelines, I am not a five-year survivor until I reach the anniversary of the last day of my last treatment.   For me, not until April.

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Cancer Narratives: Complementary Cancer Treatments – How a Holistic Approach Has Changed My Life


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 Complementary Cancer Therapy.


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Gratitude is a Verb

JodiWallaceHow I learned that I didn’t have to feel great to be grateful.

By Jodi Meryl Wallace


Don’t get the wrong idea.  I’m not going to tell you that I am grateful to have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I am not going to say that the lessons I have learned during my months of treatment have been worth the stuff I’ve been through.  I certainly didn’t feel grateful when I found out that I would have to have chemotherapy, radiation, and infusions of Herceptin over the course of an entire year.  But it wasn’t long after my treatment began that I realized that feeling and expressing gratitude might be the strongest medicine I could give myself to help me through everything that lay ahead.


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When the Young Adult Becomes the Caregiver: Notes to my Mother

MalloryCasperson2by Mallory Casperson, Caregiver, Living with Cancer


I can remember one of the first moments when I realized my parents did not know or understand everything about the world around me.  My dad was attempting to use his smart phone for something and kept hitting the wrong button.  From the couch seat next to him, I could easily see the mistaken button push as he blamed the whole issue on the phone.  The entire situation presented a common progression that young adults experience with their parents, where our perception of our parents moves from all-knowing to fallible, in the framework of a mildly frustrating technology issue.

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Cancer and the Workplace

ChrisLewisby Chris Lewis, Living with Cancer


I really understand the importance of work to us all, and it is possibly the thing that I miss most since my diagnosis. Like most things in life, you rarely appreciate what you have at the time. I was always overtaken with work and longed for the day I had time to myself – how ironic!  Then I had health and no time, now I have time and no health. I guess it goes to show that in life we rarely have everything at the time we need it.

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