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April 2021 Vol 7 No 2

Fertility Preservation in Young Adults with Cancer
Fertility PreservationFrom Your Navigator
Find out what is involved in fertility preservation, and why young adults with cancer may need to consider it before beginning their cancer treatment.
Despite No Sex, We Were Never So Married
LymphomaPatient Stories
After putting off her neck pain for months, Susan Keller found that she had lymphoma, describing how her loving husband helped her change her attitude and persist through it all.
Climate Change Plays Havoc on Weather Patterns, and on Skin Cancer Rates
Skin CancerPatient Stories
Mark Ryan, RN, is not worried about the impact of climate change on the weather, but on skin cancer, which he knows first-hand. A decrease in stratospheric ozone requires stringent environmental regulations to prevent cancer, he says.
Cancer Took My Breasts and Gave Me Self-Acceptance
SurvivorshipBreast Cancer
Bethany Sell takes us through her thought process after learning she would have to lose her breasts to cancer, as she grapples with wishing to look “normal” but learning to embrace her new look.
Life as Scary Monsters, or Big C & Lil’ c
Art TherapyCOVID-19 & Cancer
Zack Luchetti, who has been teaching art remotely in the past year, initially thought he had COVID-19, then appendicitis, only to be told he had colon cancer. His 2 paintings represent a self-portrait of encouragement and the tie between cancer and coronavirus.
Spring Forward and Onward
Issue Introductions
In her introduction to the April 2021 issue, Lillie Shockney discusses several themes featured in this issue, including the link between climate change and skin cancer and the need to tackle infertility in young adults with cancer, as addressed by an advocacy group.
How Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Cancer Survivors Cope with Stress
Stress ManagementWellness Corner
Clinical psychologist Jessica Pieczynski, PhD, offers insights into how practicing mindfulness techniques can help cancer survivors manage stress during the pandemic, and beyond.
Dear Doctor
Patient StoriesHumor & Cancer
Karen Ann Rowe writes an impassioned and funny letter to the doctors who found their way into her life through her many run-ins with cancer.
Walk on Through Your Cancer Journey
Exercise & CancerWellness Corner
Ginny Dent Brant, who used long walks to deal with the stress from her breast cancer diagnosis and help her physical healing, explains the key role that exercise plays in our health as an all-natural remedy.
Avoiding the Financial Toxicity of Cancer
Financial Support
Duane Cross tackles the financial aspects of cancer, from out-of-pocket expenses to life insurance policies, focusing on financial toxicity and how to deal with it.
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