(Mount Laurel, NJ) -- A few years ago, Jarrod Skole of Mount Laurel, New Jersey was an average ten-year-old who enjoyed playing sports and hanging out with his friends. Then, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Jarrod found visualization helped him cope with the disease, which he says he knew nothing about when he was going through treatment.

“These dogs do just a wonderful thing for kids and families that are here,” says Steve Turner, a volunteer with the Red Cross Animal Assisted Therapy Program.  He and his therapy dog, Tootsie, visit kids and their families at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  He says, “A lot of times they just find the comfort of a dog who will love and listen unconditionally.”

(Orlando) -- Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, a spouse, family member, or friend will act as a caregiver to help with the patient's needs. But sometimes caregivers become so engrossed in looking after their loved ones, they forget to take care of themselves.

“I would never take my child to the funeral.  She doesn’t understand anyway.”
“I figure I'll just take the pictures down of Nana for a while.  Being reminded of her will only upset my son more.”
“My teenager doesn’t talk about his dad anymore.  I’m so glad he is over that.”
“I’m afraid I’m gonna say something wrong so I won’t say anything at all."

Can you relate to some of these comments about the way that children grieve?  You’re not alone.

(Chester, PA) -- The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 50,000 Americans will die from colorectal cancer this year, and another 143,000 cases are expected to be diagnosed. March also marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

A lot can happen in 5 years.  Any number of personal triumphs, tragedies, successes, and failures take place.  Kids grow up, anniversaries are celebrated, loved ones pass away. 

The daffodil is the signature flower of hope.  And, during the American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days campaign in March, it symbolizes hope for cancer patients and their families.

In February, Facing Cancer Together explored what every cancer patient wants you to know… The acts of kindness that brought comfort during treatment, the importance of humor, and communication tips for family and friends.  What advice can you share?  Please leave a comment!

Breast cancer survivor Kim Mallett is  doing great today and living life to the fullest after a long road of recovering physically and emotionally,   She shares her new perspective on life after cancer in this video.

(Columbus, OH) -- Many times, members of Amish communities view things differently than the rest of the world, including the role of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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