Books can be wonderful resources for information, entertainment, and advice. However, if you’re dealing with a tough diagnosis like cancer, it can be hard to find the time or willpower to reach for the bookshelf. And with over 20,000 books on cancer available on Amazon, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by information. [Read more…] about The Best Books on Cancer You Should Read
While this September 26 might be a regular Thursday to most people, it’s a very important day for a strong community of cancer patients, survivors, and families. This year we’ll recognize the 16th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day; a day set to raise awareness, educate, and instill hope.[Read more…] about Why Asbestos Exposure Should be Talked About More
It is hard to stay positive when dealing with a disease, especially if the disease is rare. Rare diseases often have a poor prognosis, which can make them harder to handle and even more difficult to stay positive when fighting.[Read more…] about How to Stay Positive When Dealing With a Disease
Every November, millions of men around the world grow out their facial hair as part of Movember or No-Shave November. These charities help raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide, and colorectal cancer.
The goal is to get men talking and educated on these issues, as well as raising money for charity. Even if you’re not participating, there are still plenty of lessons and knowledge that you can take away from these movements. [Read more…] about Lessons from Movember & No-Shave November
Do you know how many new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed each year? Just over nine thousand. Surprised? You would think with that high of a number, we would be hearing about the disease more often. But many men have a tendency to feel embarrassed about the private nature of their diagnosis, and therefore will not speak about it as openly as they should. Unfortunately, this practice has created a stigma around testicular cancer which puts a limitation on awareness efforts and open dialog. [Read more…] about Testicular Cancer: What You Need to Know
It takes a certain amount strength to make it through a difficult situation. Whether you have just been fired, you have received a horrible diagnosis, or you’ve found out your lifelong partner is leaving you, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when everything seems to be crashing down around you. It seems impossible that anything could get better, and anyway, where do you even start if you want to try?
This is how Heather Von St. James felt for a brief moment after she was diagnosed with cancer. In November of 2005, Heather was told she had malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the lining of lungs, heart, or abdomen. With a 3 ½-month old baby at home and a prognosis of only 15 months, it was easy to get sucked into that dark hole of despair. But Heather was able to move past that and find the strength and hope she needed to survive. [Read more…] about 4 Sources of Hope and Strength: A Story of Surviving Cancer