Live Strong at the YMCA

You may have heard about the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Livestrong website, but do you know about Livestrong at the Y? Its motto is “partners in healing the whole person.” Its focus is “the whole person and not the disease . . . helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.”

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It’s Time to Make a Decision

April is National Healthcare Decision Month. What does this mean for you? Anyone can suffer a serious or life-threatening illness or injury. Have you had a conversation with your loved ones about your healthcare wishes? Most people when asked say that they do not want to spend their last moments on earth in the ICU attached to machines and monitors. How do you picture your last days or hours? Maybe you want to be at home with your family and friends and your comfort attended to and pain controlled.

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Work Together to Live Better

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that one-fourth of participants in Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s  The Cancer Experience: A National Study of Patients and Caregivers were unsatisfied with the cancer treatment that they received. The survey included 1,000 patients with cancer and 1,000 family caregivers.

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Aged Beyond Their Years: When Teens Become Caregivers

My daughter is 12 years old—right on the cusp of teendom. Last week, we were at the mall with her aunt and cousin, and between looking at designer purses at Macy’s and shopping for summer clothes at her favorite tween store, she and her cousin remarked how much they wanted to go to Build-A-Bear. It reminded me that although she’s growing by leaps and bounds, is nearly tall enough to look me in the eye, and will often spring heavy gray-hair-inducing conversations on me about space, the environment, racism, and sex, she still has moments when she wants to be a little girl.

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Patients With Ovarian Cancer: Are You Receiving the Best Possible Care?

A recent article in the New York Times discussed study results showing that many women with ovarian cancer are receiving inadequate treatment and experience decreased overall survival as a result of not seeing an expert oncologist. For many women, their local gynecologist conducts the work-up of their symptoms and discovers their cancer.

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Is CPR Always Appropriate?

There’s been a lot of coverage in the news about an incident that took place at an independent living facility (a housing complex for older adults that does not provide medical assistance) where a staffer, a registered nurse who worked as an activities coordinator, refused to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an 87-year-old woman who collapsed.

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Cancer Caregiving: Avoid Financial Trials and Traps

Cancer is an expensive disease that’s fraught with uncertainties. Financial wellness in the face of cancer care requires caregivers to have their eyes wide open in understanding, planning for, and managing cash inflows and outflows so as to avoid surprises and moderate caregiver stress.

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What Not to Wear During Cancer Treatment

I’m a very efficient clothes shopper. Unfortunately, my mom and sister do not share this enviable trait, and I was, once again, waiting for them outside of the ladies’ dressing room. I observed a woman picking through the racks, holding clothes up, and then putting them back on the rack, discouraged. Finally, she enlisted the help of a store clerk. The woman mentioned she was starting chemotherapy

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Worried About Starting Treatment?

Receiving the diagnosis that you have cancer is completely overwhelming. You are quickly thrust into a whole new world of doctors, nurses, tests, and procedures. This new world has a new language filled with medical terms and jargon that you have likely never heard before.

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Football Fan Uses Crowdsourcing to Help With Cousin’s Cancer Treatment

Post-Super Bowl season is always a little melancholy around Pittsburgh, a big football town. I’m sure it’s felt all over the place, especially in San Francisco and Baltimore this year. With that in mind, I have a great story to share to pick you up from the post-season winter doldrums.

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