patient perspective

March 10, 2016
Heather Von St. James

10 Years of Lung Leavin’ Day

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For 10 years, mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James has turned her survivor story into an annual celebration that encourages us all to face our fears and smash them.

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October 29, 2015

Building and Adjusting to My Life After Cancer

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Once you have finished cancer treatment, it is impossible to reconstruct the exact life you had prior to diagnosis. Jennifer Titche talks about the challenges she faces as a young breast cancer survivor and how she is building a life with new goals.

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October 15, 2015

Thoughts on My Cancer Calendar

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Cancer does funny things to one’s sense of time. In this post, Margaret Zuccotti talks about how her diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survival of metastatic inflammatory breast cancer caused her to look at her calendar differently.

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September 29, 2015
Randy Hillard, MD

The Strangeness of Being an Exceptional Responder

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When Randy Hillard was diagnosed with metastatic stomach cancer in 2010 he was treated with a drug that increased overall survival to an average of 13 months. Now, nearly 5 years later, his unexpected survival has led to some unexpected issues.

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September 15, 2015

Sex in the Face of Metastatic Disease

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For people with metastatic cancer, some aspects of life may be forgotten or considered unimportant. According to Dr. Dizon, this is especially the case with sexuality. In this post, Dr. Dizon shares the story of his patient, Elaine, and how she has dealt with the sexual side effects of breast cancer treatment.

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September 10, 2015

How to Prepare Your Child When You Have Cancer

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When Vinita Mathew was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had to figure out what to tell her sons. They were 5 and 18 months old at the time. In this guest post, she discusses ways to help a child understand cancer based on what she learned from her own experiences, as well as from other survivors and health care professionals.

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