Whether you have cancer or you know someone who does, cancer support groups are the place to turn for answers to your questions, information about treatment options, and to meet those who have been through similar circumstances.
Predicaments & Emergencies
If a health issue could possibly be considered life-threatening, then we're talking about it here! Real people share their personal experiences with scary health predicaments and emergencies they've lived through -- in order to help others who might be going through the same thing. See what it's like to have different types of medical scans, what to expect if you're awaiting the results of health screenings, what it's like to have surgery on different parts of your body, and what you can expect post-surgery recovery to be like.
Early stages of cervical cancer respond well to treatment, which may be radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination of methods. Here’s what you need to know.
Getting a colonoscopy wasn’t all peaches and cream (I couldn’t even eat those when I was prepping for the exam), but with cancer throughout my family, I gained peace of mind, all while losing a few pounds in the process.
It’s important to follow colonoscopy guidelines so you can reduce your risk for one of the most preventable forms of cancer in the colon.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious women’s issue which typically affects women after childbirth, a hysterectomy, or menopause. This condition has a rocky history when it comes to its popular means of treatment – transvaginal mesh – which has led to complications and even lawsuits. Here’s what you need to know.
Ever had to consider a sin cancer treatment plan? We have. After Jim was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, the next step was to decide on a surgeon in order to get those lymph nodes biopsied right away and determine whether cancer had spread or not. All of this happened rather quickly over the next 2 months. Here’s what it was like for Jim (and me) and how things are today.
Women & heart attacks – Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer among women? Here are the warning signs of a heart attack for women. They are often different from the warning signs for men! Plus info about Wear Red Day which helps to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Here are some important points about CT scans that everyone needs to know. CT scan radiation is a serious issue. Here’s when to say NO to a Cat Scan.
Fortunately, there aren’t that many poisonous spiders in this part of the United States. That said, the hobo spider itself is fairly common. While not fatally poisonous, you still need to watch out for them and keep from being bitten if you can! Here’s what you need to know about hobo spiders.
There are many reasons your doctor may recommend a heart stent. In my case, I had a sore jaw and I noticed that my hand was twitching and was struggling to do what I needed it to do. I had a coronary stent procedure that opened up — and kept open — the narrowed places in my heart artery. Here’s what I’ve learned after having a heart stent put in a few years ago, plus what it was like to have an angiogram and angioplasty.
I had thyroid surgery to have half of it removed. I had a non-cancerous thyroid nodule that just kept getting bigger. Only 4 to 5% of thyroid nodules are cancerous. Here’s a little about the days leading up to the thyroid removal surgery and how it went…
Here’s how to tell if you’ve been bitten by a black widow spider and how to treat the spider bite if you have. Be sure to look for the classic red hourglass shape on the spider’s body.
You’ve probably seen Randy Pausch a lot on the news lately. He’s the Carnegie Mellon Professor who is dying from pancreatic cancer. What makes him — and his message — so memorable are the amazing details of his life — and OUR lives in general — that Randy shared in his ‘Last Lecture’ on September 18, 2007. Watch the video below…
Five days ago, at the age of 28 AT lost his wife, BJ. He is now a widow and a single father of two young sons. What started as ‘flu-like symptoms’ on October 30, 2006 ultimately claimed BJ’s life just 18 days later on November 17, 2006. I share AT’s story with you, for the same reason that he says he continues to write in his blog about it… with the hope that it will help someone else.
It’s important to get a stroke victim help within 3 hours. Here are 3 questions to ask someone you suspect has suffered a heart attack or stroke. Plus other signs of a stroke.
The following pictures illustrate the progression of a brown recluse spider bite. Photos from days 3 through 6 are not too graphic. However, the picture showing the infection on days 9 and 10 are very graphic. Your discretion is advised if you choose to view.
I am intrigued whenever I hear another first-person story of someone’s life with cancer, including their coping mechanisms, the highs and lows, the ups and downs, and the ultimate realities of struggling to survive this battle with something called ‘cancer’. Most of all, I appreciate when people are able to maintain their sense of humor through it all.