7 Things People With Breast Cancer Want You To Know

Breast cancer: while there’s a lot of information out there about it, people can still feel terribly alone when going through the ordeal. From coping with hair loss, to reaching out for advice and support when undergoing a mastectomy, we’ve pulled together a list of seven things men and women with […]

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10 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know

 Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, four million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). In order to prevent deaths from cancer it is imperative that we raise awareness of the disease, which is why we’ve poured through some of the most […]

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Living With Cancer: Deciding About Dying by Susan Gubar

Fifty-five years ago, when I was 15, my mother made me promise that I would not commit suicide. I intend to keep that promise if and when I ask a doctor for passive assistance — ending life-sustaining support — or for active help: palliative sedation or a lethal prescription. To […]

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A Grim Breast Cancer Milestone for Black Women by Tara Parker-Pope

Debrah Reid, 59, center, in 2013, relaxed with her sister, Audrey Anderson, left, and friend Travia Davis, at her home in Memphis. Ms. Reid was given a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013 and was featured in an article on racial disparities in breast cancer that year. Ms. Reid died in […]

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Living With Cancer: The Lure of Alternative Remedies by Susan Gubar

Susan Gubar writes about life with ovarian cancer. When I get tired of being told to juice carrots, I remember that the essayist Anatole Broyard took tap-dancing lessons as he underwent treatment for prostate cancer. Sick people need all sorts of strategies, alongside medical ones, to deal with disease. The […]

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100 Days to Heal by Suleika Jaouad

For the better half of my early 20s, I was Bubble Girl. When I found out I had leukemia at 22 my world suddenly dwindled to four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights and a thicket of tubes and wires connecting me to an IV pole. My immune system […]

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Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott, one of the most interesting writers, wrote this little blog, which says everything we ever needed to know. My six-year-old associate, who sleeps down the hall about thirty feet away with both our doors wide open, wakes up on many mornings and predicts, “This might be the best day ever!” Then, in the dead […]

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7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who Has Cancer

We all mean well, but some comments are better left unsaid, while others are most appreciated. When a friend of family member is diagnosed with cancer, there is shock, sadness, and there’s the inevitable question of what to say? “It’s frightening to hear someone talk about cancer, and we automatically […]

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