Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria, who says that she’s called “Survivor Shel” by her friends, has a unique way that she’s sharing her journey with breast cancer. She created a series of original paintings that tells the very personal story of her journey.
This week marks Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. These type diseases may not get as much attention as others, but they are the sixth-most-common form of cancer in the world. Some 50,000 cases of oral, head, and neck cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
(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.”
“Being able to accept the gift of Tai Chi and of yoga, and to practice quietness within yourself gives you a tremendous benefit-that is hard to describe, but you do something that helps to change your perspective and your ability to achieve," says Tai Chi instructor, Nathan Spivey.
(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.
By checking YES on line 35 of the PA 40 income tax form, Pennsylvanians have contributed nearly $3 million for cancer research.
Bonnie Berk of Partners in Wellness says about healing the body and mind, “We know that we are more than just these physical bodies… We are energetic beings. We can control our beliefs and our attitudes, and in doing that and focusing on that, we can actually strengthen our immune system, the natural healing mechanism within our bodies.”
Cancer can take a tremendous physical, emotional, and mental toll on those diagnosed with the disease. But how do doctors and scientists, who are charged with treating survivors and conducting cancer research, cope with the disease? What's it like to tell a patient he or she has cancer, or to work tirelessly to come one step closer to finding a cure?