You Are Not Alone: How Networking with a Cancer Survivor Might Just Save Your Life
Mar22

You Are Not Alone: How Networking with a Cancer Survivor Might Just Save Your Life

 When cancer comes up in conversation, do you change the topic or move away? Or do you ask the questions that may possibly save your life or the life of someone you love?   No doubt about it: Cancer is a conversation stopper. It’s a sad, scary subject, and most people would just as soon avoid it. If the “C-word” comes up at church, at work, or at a party, your first impulse is probably to change the subject or move away from the...

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You Are Not Alone – Oncology Nurses: Dedication Beyond Cancer Patient Care
Mar06

You Are Not Alone – Oncology Nurses: Dedication Beyond Cancer Patient Care

When cancer patient lives are in the balance, the oncology nurses are on the front line. They are—in many ways—the backbone of cancer patient continuous care. The advocacy statement of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS): “We, as an organization and as individuals, advocate on behalf of people with cancer to ensure their quality of life and their access to exemplary care throughout the continuum of life.”   Her name was Beverly. When...

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You Are Not Alone – Your Cancer Support Network: No Job Too Big or Small
Feb28

You Are Not Alone – Your Cancer Support Network: No Job Too Big or Small

During any difficult life circumstance, going it alone is not a healthy or even practical option. For the next few weeks, my column will feature the “You Are Not Alone” series of articles focused on different life-altering events and fulfillment of needs. During most of our life together, Gordon and I never stopped to realize how the friends we made would impact our lives in the event of a life crisis. It just isn’t something that you...

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You Are Not Alone – The Steadfast Bond Between Patient and Caregiver
Feb21

You Are Not Alone – The Steadfast Bond Between Patient and Caregiver

During any difficult life circumstance, going it alone is not a healthy or even practical option. For the next few weeks, my column will feature the “You Are Not Alone” series of articles focused on different life-altering events and fulfillment of needs.   Several years ago, I attended an art auction and fell in love with the works of a husband and wife artistic team, Wendy Schaefer-Miles and Kevin Miles. Having been somewhat...

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You Are Not Alone – You or Someone You Love Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer
Feb13

You Are Not Alone – You or Someone You Love Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer

During any difficult life circumstance, going it alone is not a healthy or even practical option. It helps to realize that there are resources available to guide and support you along the way. For the next few weeks, my column will feature the “You Are Not Alone” series of articles focused on different life-altering events and fulfillment of needs. The social worker at my husband’s cancer center said that being diagnosed with cancer...

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I Believe in Angels – Caregiving at Its Hardest May Call for Sheltering Wings

Nobody ever said caregiving would be easy, but the pain and stress can be at a whole new level if someone you love is actively dying. For loved ones, this can be a time when a team of earthbound angels can make all the difference between a traumatic experience and a difficult, natural part of living that you have to get through. The point is that the family may not have to survive these final days without help. And, while hospice will...

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