Cancer survivor celebrates life after lymphoma in a big way

My 21-year-old self would have never imagined not only living this long, but to have REALLY lived. No, I guess I never thought I would die. But, after being told three separate times that I had a life-threatening disease, I struggled with envisioning a life beyond infusion rooms, anesthesia, and needles puncturing my flesh inviting …

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The Power of Connection: How Peer Support Can Dramatically Change Your Cancer Experience

When I was 24, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), a rare blood cancer with a median diagnosis age of 65 years old. Every visit to the oncology office reinforced this statistic. There were older individuals, and there was me. These experiences made me feel like cancer was irrelevant, and the disconnect eventually became a …

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Survivors on Purpose – Breast Cancer Heroes Come Together

As a breast cancer survivor, Leslie Williams felt grateful to be alive. She also felt confusion about her disease triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), a type of cancer that seems to affect women of color more than other ethnic groups. TNBC is named because the breast cancer cells test negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and HER2. …

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WATCH: Explaining the Reasons Behind Angelina Jolie’s Decision

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Did you hear the news about Angelina Jolie? She recently announced in the New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation which dramatically increases her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Given that information, she …

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