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SPRING 2011

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Navigating the Maze of Disability Benefits Diagnosis Disclosure

BY TERESA McUSIC

The words may stick in your throat, but telling the people in your life that you have cancer can trigger important benefits to your treatment. [MORE]



   After Treatment    Integrative Therapy
Fear Facing Down the Fear

BY LORI HOPE

Fear of recurrence can make survivors not only anxious but also hypersensitive, depressed and irritable. And it can show up without warning. [MORE]

Yoga The Healing Yoga Project

BY LIBBY LOWE

CURE invited Libby Lowe, of Yoga Bear, to share how The Healing Yoga Project began and how it's helping patients and survivors of cancer. [MORE]

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Readers Write

[Patients and their families often struggle to get back to their lives after a cancer diagnosis. Do you feel your family ever returned to "normal?" If not, how has your normal changed? Do you have advice for others patients going through treatment?]

FROM KATHRYN K: Shortly after my treatment for breast cancer ended, my aunt died of colon cancer and several years later my older brother lost his painful battle with pancreatic cancer. It has been three years now since my brother died, and I feel that as a family we all feel better about being normal again and curiously more comfortable with death and dying. Our normal now is spending as much time together as possible whereas before we were all busy living our own hectic lives, seeing each other only occasionally. I feel that our family is better able to focus on the "quality of life" we have together while we are still treading in this dimension, and unfortunately, cancer was the catalyst for that train of thought.

FROM ESTHER G: After treatment, my children still have to deal with a mom who is tired most of the time and unable to do many activities that she used to do. We skipped camping this summer because I could manage work and household, nothing more. We also deal with scares on a regular basis. What if this symptom means the cancer is back? It changes communication among us because I don't want to see their reaction to my worries. The maintenance treatments and the constant medical appointments and tests to make sure everything is OK are not only time consuming and emotionally draining, but costly. Last year, a non-treatment year, medical costs were over $82,000. I am concerned that if I get laid off, I will lose my insurance. It also means I am not likely to retire any time soon, though I could. No, we are not "normal."

Find more reader submissions in this issue's Readers Write.

QUESTION FOR NEXT ISSUE: Did/Do you use art (visual, writing, music, etc.) to help in your healing during and after cancer? Please e-mail your response in 150 words or less to editor@curetoday.com.

 

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Latest Blogs


Kathy LaTourCancer, the environment and the EPA

KATHY LATOUR

This week I have been researching a story that will appear in the winter issue on the environmental connections to cancer. Just as I am reading the Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk from the president's cancer panel, we are hearing the EPA is going to take one of the biggest hits in the new budget cuts. Interesting... [MORE]

Debu TripathyA few more answers (and questions) about the PARP inhibitor trials

DEBU TRIPATHY, MD

The Feb. 28 posting regarding PARP inhibitors drew several comments I thought should be addressed. There has been considerable interest in PARP inhibitors because of the early activity cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, as well as triple-negative breast cancer... [MORE]

Jon GarinnA sound and light show

JON GARINN

If you've been following mainstream media reports about events at this year's meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, you might think the most important news has to do with the impact of soy, strawberries and beer on the development of cancer... [MORE]

Find more blogs at www.curetoday.com/blogs.


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Latest Message Board Discussions

Tribute for Extraordinary Healers in Oncology Nursing

Posted by ahurd@CURE

If you missed the deadline to nominate your nurse for the 2011 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, you're in luck! CURE 's giving you another way to tell your nurse how much you care. Leave us a 100-150 word tribute telling us why your nurse is extraordinary, and he or she will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 massage gift card! [MORE]

Chemobrain, frontal lobe syndrome

Posted by DonDonJac

I had treatment for breast cancer almost 9 years ago and still have chemobrain. Some days are better than others. I have every symptom on the list that Starling posted! Some days are very frustrating! I must say though. I took a job almost 2 years ago that I had always wanted to do but couldn't while I had small children at home. I really thought I would never be able to do the job considering the chemobrain, but I told myself I had to try, and if it didn't work, it didn't work. It worked! Like I said, it is very difficult some days, but I am doing it. So please don't give up on your dreams … keep on keeping on. [MORE]

You can view more topics and discussions on CURE's Message Board.


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Calendar

Stowe Weekend of Hope

The 11th annual Stowe Weekend of Hope offers patients and survivors and their families a weekend retreat in Stowe, Vt. The program is made available by the Vermont medical community and the town's hospitality businesses, and includes activities and support.
April 29 - May 1
For more information, visit www.stowehope.org.

You can view more cancer-related events, fund raisers, teleconferences and workshops on CURE's Calendar of Events.


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