Why am I here?

November 3, 2008 by  
Filed under CANCER

Thank you, Tina

Tina Radcliffe is a wonderful blogger and she has built up a great community of readers on this site. I will do my best to carry on where Tina left off in running this blog on cancer to your satisfaction. And I hope you will give me all the support to make this site a success for everybody. To Tina, we wish you all the best in your ventures and adventures.

The monster cancer is everywhere

There are many reasons why I took on this daunting task, and some of them I discuss here.

Tell me of anybody whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer, directly or indirectly. Just one. Everyone has a close kin, a relative, a friend, a friend of a friend, a casual acquaintance who has battled or is battling cancer.

My eldest brother died of throat cancer. He was 52 years old. My best friend since high school lost her husband to pancreatic cancer, leaving her to care alone for 4 underaged children. Another friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, just months after her husband underwent surgery for colorectal cancer. They have a 4-year old boy. Right and left, people of all ages are suffering from this disease.

Facing my own monster

I personally had a close brush with cancer. I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2001 and had total thyroidectomy. Standard biopsy after surgery detected carcinoma in the removed thyroid organ. Not big. Between stage 0 and stage I. But it was there and nobody knew it was there. It was too small to have been detectable. The good news was that the doctors believed they have removed all of it even though it was not the purpose of the operation. However, I’ve been under close monitoring since then. I never miss my regular check ups and tests. I try to to lead a healthy life. I eat healthy food and I do lots of exercise. Because I know that the monster that was cancer was in my body once. It could still be there. It could come back.¨

My plans for this site

  • Research updates. This site will bring you the latest news from oncology research, be it on stem cell research, new drugs and treatments, alternative and complementary medicine.
  • News round up. Like Tina, I’ll be bringing you a round up of cancer news from around the world every Friday.
  • Information. This site will also inform and increase awareness about cancer and cancer-related activities. Do you know of any pro-cancer activities in your area? Would you like your favorite cancer support group to be featured here? Are you lobbying for a pro-cancer legislation? Drop me a line!
  • Resources. I will provide cancer resources for you, be it in the form of reviews or features of sites, books, films, and TV shows that might be of interest to cancer patients and their families.
  • Interviews. Whenever I can, I will interview people from all walks of life – patients, family members, healthcare providers, cancer support groups and businesses on topics related to cancer.
  • Stories. I will also try to feature stories of hope for you and there are plenty out there.

If you have any other suggestions for this site, just shout. I’ll be listening. And while you are at it, visit me at battlingforhealth.com/.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Battling Cancer!

November 22, 2007 by  
Filed under CANCER

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Happy Thanksgiving!  As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be spending today feasting with my husband, parents, brother, and sister then resting and digesting snuggled up on a couch.

As our family has just recently suffered the sudden loss of a loved one, I’ve really been humbled by how much I have to be thankful for:  a truly amazing family that is all in reasonably good health, safe and warm shelter, fantastic career opportunities, and wonderful friends that will pinch hit for me in an emergency.  These last few months have been topsy turvy with a big cross country move and career change, and I’m especially thankful to HART for being such a patient and encouraging teacher during my first month blogging here at Battling Cancer

Now that I’ve officially been writing for a month, I have to say that it’s been quite an experience.  I’ve written a lot about cancer prevention, research, and even my own personal experiences.  For your reading enjoyment, here is a short list of my most popular posts: 

What Your Friends and Family With Cancer Want You to Know

Cancer Patients Pay Less for Surgeries, Feel Better When Hypnotized

Volunteer for Breast Cancer!  Six Ways You Can Start Today

25 Financial Assistance Resources for Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Care Givers

Please let me know which ones you’d like best and what kind of things you’d like to hear about in the future in the comments!  Read more

New Page added to our Battling-MS Blog

May 7, 2006 by  
Filed under MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Myths …


We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Multiple Sclerosis, or are just looking for information about M.S. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!

www.battling-MS.com/myths/

There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

New Page added to our Battling-Depression Blog

May 7, 2006 by  
Filed under DEPRESSION

Myths …


We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Depression, or are just looking for information about depression. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!

www.battling-depression.com/myths/

There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

New Page added to our Battling-Depression Blog

May 7, 2006 by  
Filed under DEPRESSION

Myths …


We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Depression, or are just looking for information about depression. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!

www.battling-depression.com/myths/

There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

New Page added to our Battling-Cancer Blog

May 4, 2006 by  
Filed under CANCER

Myths …


We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Cancer, or are just looking for information about cancer. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!

battlingforhealth.com/myths/

There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

About This Blog: Battling-Cancer.com

March 8, 2006 by  
Filed under CANCER

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