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  1. The Kay Barmore Award is named for Kathleen Barmore, one of LUNGevity’s seven founders, all of whom were lung cancer patients when they formed the foundation in 2001. Kay was a nine-year survivor of advanced lung cancer. Always hopeful that new treatments would be identified, Kay directed tremendous energy towards actively petitioning pharmaceutical companies to support the mission of the organization that she launched: to support innovative research at the nation's leading cancer centers. In addition to being a founder of LUNGevity, Kay served as a Board Member Emeritus, and recruited many
  2. Survivors may encounter situations in which it is difficult to communicate with their partners. During times of stress, effective and healthy communication is often a challenge for couples. This can be especially difficult if there were problems with communication before the cancer diagnosis. Signs that it is time to work on better communication include: You and your partner have frequent misunderstandings. You or your partner frequently withdraw or avoid talking. You or your partner frequently use criticism, sarcasm or name-calling. You find yourself frequently not sharing information
  3. Recurrence is when the cancer comes back after it has been treated. A recurrence can happen in the same place where the cancer first began or it can come back in a different part of the body. You may worry about a recurrence of your cancer often. You may only think about it when you go in for check-ups, or maybe you don't worry about recurrence at all. Fear of recurrence is something that affects survivors differently. While recurrence is a concern for many survivors, some survivors are more afraid of it than others. You might think about recurrence more if you had a kind of cancer that was d
  4. People hope for different things at different times in their lives. When you were first diagnosed with cancer, you probably hoped that your treatment would be successful and that your cancer would go into remission. You may have relied on hope to get you through the difficult days of treatment and the changes that came to your life. Hope may not be easy to find. The changes that come with cancer can sometimes be overwhelming and cause a great deal of uncertainty. Hope can help you move forward despite bad news and disappointments. Even if the challenges that you must deal with are large ones,
  5. Uncertainty may or may not be part of your daily life. However, at certain moments during your survivorship, you may find that you are suddenly faced with a lot of uncertainty. Examples of moments when you may notice that you are living with uncertainty: Going in for a check-up and wondering if your cancer has returned Thinking about getting married and wondering if you can have children Trying to find a new job and wondering if you can get health insurance It is also possible to experience a general feeling of uncertainty about what tomorrow is going to bring. Many survivors think tha
  6. I'm not certain. It could still be an unidentified infection. I've also read that high counts occur in diabetics (worsening of insulin) and also here is more of what I could find : "White blood cell (WBC) count, or the measure of white blood cells in the blood, is a reliable and widely used marker that reflects inflammation throughout the body, according to background information in the article. People who smoke or have acute or chronic infections generally have a higher White blood cell count. Previous studies have linked WBC count to other chronic conditions, including cardiovascular dise
  7. I Am Afraid My Cancer Will Come Back When treatment is over, where do you turn? For many, the phase after treatment can be particularly challenging as they struggle to recover from the physical and psychological changes wrought by cancer. Although treatment is finished, myriad emotions, including anger, loneliness and fear of recurrence, often linger. Cancer survivors are also at risk for depression (see On the Side in Lifeline, winter 2005), which can be compounded by the residual symptoms presented by both the cancer and ensuing treatments. In a recent survey of 266 women who underwent
  8. From Patient to Patient: Real-World Coping Tips Have you recently been diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer? Wondering how to cope? We asked cancer patients, members of the Anderson Network, to share some of their real-world coping tips. Educate yourself. “Educate yourself, through your doctor, the Internet, the library, and the other many cancer resources, about your disease and treatment so as to feel more in control and less overwhelmed.” “Become informed about your type of cancer and disease—learn about the disease, and learn the ‘vocabulary’ of your cancer. In other word
  9. Here are some cancer coping tips. What are yours? What helps you, the patient, get thru a bumpy time, get thru treatments, waiting for scan results, or just when you are feeling scared and uncertain- what helps you cope having been diagnosed with Lung Cancer? Survivors post your suggestions and tips here! Coping with a cancer diagnosis: Action plan Get the facts about your cancer diagnosis Try to obtain as much basic, useful information as possible about your cancer diagnosis. Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to your first few doctor appointments. Write down your
  10. Suzanne Pleshette takes on chemotherapy for lung cancer Suzanne Pleshette's agent reported on Friday that the actress is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The cancer was discovered during a routine X-ray and was no bigger than a grain of sand. Pleshette apparently feels very lucky and is in great spirits as she receives outpatient chemotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center -- where the cancer was diagnosed. Pleshette, 69, is best known for her 1970s role as wife Emily on The Bob Newhart Show. Her other television credits include 8 Simple Rules and Will & Grace. She has
  11. 1. Thou shalt regard the word, "Cancer", as exactly that: a word. Nothing more, nothing less. For its original meaning hast changed mightily over the years, as have such words as Smallpox, Tuberculosis. and Polio, all once dreaded ailments, now no longer fearsome for, to them, hast come The Answer. And thus, too, shall go thy cancer. The Answer shall come to those who shall be present to hear it. Be present to hear it when it comes. 2. Thou shalt love thy chemotherapy, thy radiation, thy monoclonal antibodies, thy vaccines, and thy other treatments even as thyself, for they are thy friends a
  12. Recongizing Fatigue With cancer and it’s treatment comes fatigue, no matter how well you live there is a very good chance you will have some level of fatigue. So how do we know if it is a problem? Fatigue may be a problem for you if your so tired you spend most of your time resting, have trouble caring for yourself, have little interest is spending time with your family and friends, can’t do the things that you want to do, or feel upset about feeling tired most of the time. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, cancer related fatigue may be an issue. And if you do, you are not alo
  13. "It must get dark before you can see the stars!!" Cancer is often like a childhood fear of the dark. When we first find ourselves within it’s blackness, it’s emptiness; we are afraid of the unknown it may contain. But as we grow and learn we realize that it is not the darkness that we should fear, but rather our own thoughts. The more time we spend within the darkness, the more light there is. Just as our eyes grow accustom to the lack of light, our minds also grow accustom to the fear of cancer with the gaining of knowledge.
  14. It takes a little courage and a little self control and some grim determination if you want to reach the goal. It takes a deal of striving with a firm and stern-set chin, no matter what the battle if you really want to win. There's no easy path to glory, there's no rosy road to fame and life however you may view it is no simple parlor game. But its prizes call for fighting, for endurance and for grit and a rugged disposition and a don't know when to quit. You may take a blow or give one, you may risk and you may lose and expect that in the struggle that you'll suffer from a bruise.
  15. {QUOTE} As someone fighting cancer you may often find yourself often saying, “Only if I had done this.” or “If only I hadn’t done that.” And on the same hand as a family member or friend you may find yourself thinking, “If only they hadn’t done this or had done that.” The truth is, Ifs are a part of life. In fact it takes if to make up life. And while it is important to recognize the Ifs that could have changed our lives (so we don’t repeat them), it is equally important we don not dwell upon those Ifs. Yes, there are many Ifs that could have changed your chances of getting cancer; but to
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