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February 2019 Vol 5 No 1

You Never Think It Will Happen to You
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Regina Groce, a young wife and mother, thought her life was everything it was supposed to be, until a devastating phone call after surgery to remove a lump in her breast revealed she was carrying the BRCA mutation.
To Disclose at Work or Not to Disclose?
SurvivorshipWork and Cancer
Cancer survivor Dan Dean weighs the many factors involved when deciding what to tell, or not tell, an employer about a cancer diagnosis and the job-related potential implications.
Good That Comes from Bad: My Prostate Cancer Story
Patient StoriesProstate Cancer
A doctor’s mistake left Richard Churchill reeling, but during treatment for prostate cancer he found solace in nature and in many new relationships with patients, caregivers, and family members.
Don Baylor’s Baseball Career Guided His Approach to Battling Multiple Myeloma
Multiple MyelomaPatient Stories
Baseball MVP Don Baylor died in 2017 after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma, but his legacy lives on thanks to the work of his son, together with Don’s close friend and Baseball Hall of Famer, Dave Winfield.
The Power of Here and Now
Patient StoriesSurvivorship
In this poignant article, cancer survivor Maya Harsaniova contemplates what it means to live in the moment, and how being a patient with cancer changed her perspective on many aspects of her life.
Permission to Grieve
Survivorship
Patients with cancer are too often made to feel they need permission to experience the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Barbara Ritsema draws on her years of experience as a nurse to explain the stages of grief and offers tips for how to talk about cancer and how to help people diagnosed with cancer through the grieving process.
My Wire Bonsai Trees Saved My Life
Art Therapy
A traumatic double mastectomy going terribly wrong led Sarah Jane Oiler to turn to art during her recovery. She hopes her “trees of life” inspire others as they navigate their own cancer experience.
Cancer Warrior Alliance
Family MembersSupport Services
Inspired by her mother’s courage, Krysten Ford started Cancer Warrior Alliance to help families such as hers arm themselves with resources and knowledge.
Breathe Through Anxiety
From Your NavigatorStress Management
When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can add to the difficulties of dealing with cancer. Cancer survivor and nurse navigator Deborah Gomer provides easy-to-use breathing exercises that help restore calm and alleviate anxiety. Remember to breathe!
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