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Resources and Support for a Cancer Caregiver

Resources and Support for a Cancer Caregiver

Are you serving as a cancer caregiver? If so, know that you're not alone. In 2011, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reported that more than 1 in 6 Americans working full-time or part-time was assisting with caring for an elderly or disabled family member,...

How To Find A Patient Advocate

How To Find A Patient Advocate

You may have heard the term patient advocate... You may even know someone who has benefitted from the services of an independent patient advocate. However, you—like most people—are probably still unclear as to what they actually do and how to find one. People...

The Truth About Hospice

The Truth About Hospice

I don’t want to “give up” or “let my family down” I hear this quite often from clients who after months of treatment start to wonder if they really want to continue down the same path. Treatments require the stamina of both the physical body as well as emotional...

Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Cancer  (CAM)

Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Cancer (CAM)

Social media and the Internet have increased our opportunity to amass information and form opinions around individual treatment decisions. As a result, there is an increased prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer care in the U.S. Most of the...

5 Things To Avoid After a Cancer Diagnosis

Have you just received a cancer diagnosis? Aren't sure where to start? Here are 5 things to avoid after a cancer diagnosis: 1. Don’t Engage in Haphazard Google Searches Most of us will admit that our knee-jerk reaction after learning of a medical diagnosis is to...

Lessons I Did Not Want To Learn: When Grief is the Teacher

These past 12 months have been difficult. We have experienced loss both professionally and personally, and we find ourselves facing this new year with a heavy heart.  Unfortunately, I know that there are many of you who have not yet realized the outcomes that you had...

Looking For A Practical Way To Help Someone With Cancer?

I am regularly inspired by the creative ways communities  come together to offer support of individuals and families facing a disruptive diagnosis like cancer. There are so many of you out there and  today I'd like you to meet Reagan, an eighth grade student,...