Dan Shapiro, a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, describes his experience as a cancer patient as dehumanizing.  Watch his story in the video below to find out how he fought for the personal level of attention and care he needed from his physicians...with a watergun!

We first met Kim Mallett, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband Ryan in 2009 when she shared her personal story about her life-changing breast cancer diagnosis on witf's HealthSmart. 

Facing Cancer Together launched on Monday, and witf's Tim Lambert started to think about the impact that cancer has had on the people around him. 

Sandy Good is undergoing her 41st chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer. It is a time of pain for her and her husband, Ron, but she says that cancer has given her a better appreciation of every day she has.

Sandy Good is undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. It is a time of pain for her and her husband and caregiver, Ron, but she says that cancer has given her a better appreciation of every day she has.

There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being a caregiver for someone.  Some of this responsibility includes going to the doctor, preparing meals, cleaning and doing the laundry.  Aside from these day to day needs of the patient, a caregiver oftentimes offers emotional support to help the patient cope with their disease as well. 

I walk into the large sunny room with windows on each side and verdant garden paintings on the walls, surprised to see it crowded. Ashen-faced people, bundled in colorful blankets, lying back in recliners some with their eyes closed, and some alert, talking to family members and friends who have accompanied them.

When should you call for professional help?

The National Cancer Institute says you can call the patient’s doctor or nurse for help in any of the following situations:

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