April 2022 Vol 8 No 2
A thread that runs through this issue is how emotions are driven by fear, and how empowering yourself with information is your best bet for beating the paralyzing fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis.
SurvivorshipStress ManagementBreast Cancer
By Bonnie Annis
Bonnie Annis reflects on her breast cancer diagnosis, dealing with worries of cancer recurrence, using natural remedies, and how fear and stress affect our well-being.
Patient StoriesPancreatic CancerMen's Health
Michael Bailey, SHRM-CP, went through denial and fear when he was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and finally found inspiration in Bob Marley’s words on his way to perseverance. This is his story.
Patient StoriesWellness Corner
Traci Fotorny was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at age 47. She kept her smile during her aggressive treatment, and when it ended, she started a Boxes of Hope program to give back to women with breast cancer.
Exercise & CancerSurvivorship
After her cancer diagnosis, Michelle Stravitz’s oncologist told her to keep moving throughout treatment. In this article, Michelle highlights the many benefits of exercise during cancer, and explains she started her organization, 2Unstoppable, with a fellow survivor to inspire women with cancer to exercise.
Patient StoriesProstate CancerMen's Health
Retired Submariner, Quilter, and Prostate Cancer Thriver: Putting the Pieces of My Life Back Together
Denis Finnegan, EdD, a retired U.S. Navy officer, recalls his fear of being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, and mustering the courage to tell his wife. This experience changed his world.
Gina Hamilton Stratton calls this painting Boundless Joy. After her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, she went back to painting, which she finds meditative; this painting symbolizes for her the joy the world has to give and receive.
With this moving portrait of how a cancer diagnosis can shake up one’s emotions and sense of self, Lydia DeJesus describes her experience with breast cancer and how she found her strength again.
Patient StoriesColon CancerMen's Health
By Joe Bullock
After ignoring his abdominal pain and blood in his stool because of family stresses, Joe Bullock finally had a colonoscopy done at the urging of his wife. A stage III colon cancer diagnosis and the support he received from other patients provided new insights.