How to help

Last week, on my facebook page, I shared a list of ways to help those going through chemo/cancer treatment. The list was pretty popular and was shared more often than anything I've posted. Someone suggested I post it over here so that more people can read it, so here it is. This is the list of things that I think are ways to help those going through a hard time. Some of these things people did for me. Some of them others shared were done for them. And some are just things that I think would have been nice if someone had done. ...more

3 ways to fight back against "chemo brain"

It doesn't have to be a permanent thing. "Chemo brain" - the mental fog many experience after getting chemotherapy for cancer - can be challenged, and reversed. First, the typical symptoms:- Being forgetful (decreased short-term memory)- Trouble finding the right word for something- Trouble with people's names- Attention/concentration deficits- Trouble planning- DisorganizationHere are some things you can do:...more

One Year Anniversary of the End of My Chemo

 “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”-- Buddha...more

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

  Sunday, December 1, 2013.  Now we enter the true holiday season, at least as far as I am concerned.   Autumn is wonderful time of year and should be enjoyed without being rushed to shop and decorate, in a fit of frenzy generated by the media and corporate America....more

Don't Get Cancer if You're Obese: Short-Changing Chemotherapy

Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through grueling chemotherapy treatments, and discovering that the therapy wasn't successful... due to a withholding of the proper chemotherapy dose.  For 40% of obese patients, that nightmare is a reality when they receive 85% of the necessary dose due to their weight. ...more
Obesity and Chemotherapy, a subject that has received allot more attention these last few years ...more

President Obama: What If Chemotherapy Dose Not Work For Breast Cancer

Barron’s Medical Journal Reporting From The Bio International Convention In Chicago, IL USA...more

Feeling lucky & saying no to chemo

Decision made. At 9:45PM I took my first 20mg of Tamoxifen, having spent the better part of the weekend prowling every corner of the Internet in hopes of finding someone to validate my decision, to tell me unequivocally that having weighed the relative merits of  treatment with or without adjuvant chemotherapy, Tamoxifen would be enough. Enough for me not to die from cancer....more

Brain training shown to help breast cancer related memory loss and mental slowness

Great news for breast cancer patients/survivors who have experienced mental slowness, memory loss or a mental "fog."A new study out of Indiana University has found that brain training improves processing speed and memory performance.For memory training, participants learned techniques to remember word lists, text and sequences.At least one of the two programs used computer programs, so I can only imagine how one-on-one brain training (with a cognitive skills trainer) would help! ...more

Robin Roberts Has Myelodysplastic Syndromes -- What Is That?

This morning, we learned that Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been diagnosed with MDS, or myelodysplastic syndromes -- what is that? What causes it? How is it treated? In this post, we answer your questions. ...more
Watched her this morning and I am so inspired by her courage and her grace. My father had MDS ...more

Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatment

  I’ve had the privilege to volunteer for The American Cancer Society’s great program Look Good …  Feel Better for over a year now.  When I run a session of the program the first thing that I talk about is caring for your skin while undergoing cancer treatment.  I wanted to share some of those tips in this post though please keep in mind that the information contained in this post is not meant to negate or replace the information you are receiving from your oncologist.  If you have any questions about the information contained in this post please ask your doctor.  Furthermore, the information that I am presenting here is general in nature so your specific needs may be different. ...more
I used lots of lotion when I was going through chemo. Another really good tip is to make ...more