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Another young person with cancer.

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Ethan Zohn’s Cancer Returns

I am thinking good thoughts for Ethan – another young person with cancer.

“I don’t want fear or cancer to define me, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” the former Survivor winner tells PEOPLE in a new interview. 

His fears were confirmed on Sept. 14, when doctors told him the cancer had returned in his chest. 
“It’s localized in my lung area,” Zohn, 37, says. “But it’s good that it’s not all over my body.” 

Spreading the word about Cancer

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Hannah was asked to speak at a local American Cancer Society event this evening. She wrote her speech herself, with no help from us and while she was reading it — many of the people in the room were brought to tears. I was so proud of her and how poised she was and the story she told with her words…she’s wise beyond her years. Here is what she said typed out and you can see it in the images — I scanned it…

Hi, I’m Hannah Hoaglund and I’m here to tell you about a period in my life when my Dad experienced cancer and what I did to help. It was a few years ago when it started. My Dad’s stomach always hurt and he usually didn’t feel well. My Mom kept telling him to go to the doctor. Finally he went and the reports were certain. He had colon cancer. This was a very hard time for me and my family. I remember him always going to doctor appointments and being in the hospital. Then one day, my mom told me that my dad would be in the hospital for a whole week. I remember screaming and crying for my dad. Later that week I went to visit him in the hospital and when I got there we helped him walk around. He was REALLY slow. I said “he could win a slow race”. When he got home half of his colon had been taken out, but he was finally better.

Just a couple of months ago I did Locks for Love, which is a program that sends hair off to a factory that makes wigs for kids who have cancer. But in order to make the wigs they need hair. I cut off 12inches and gave them my hair to make a wig.

And that’s my story. Please take this time and donate what you can. It can make a real difference to people like me and my family.

Overhead Squats for your Core Workout

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The news of Steve Jobs hit hard. Not only are we a tech family – the hubby loves his MAC – we are also one of the many families who have dealt with cancer. Last night I thought about Steve Job’s family. How hard it must be for them. They didn’t lose an icon. They lost their Dad, Husband, Family. To have to share the experience must be both comforting and difficult at the same time. I wonder if they are used to it – I mean he IS Steve Jobs after all. I suppose they also had time to let his illness sink in and process the reality of what was going to happen. Doesn’t make it any easier I am sure. My heart goes out to them for their loss.

Whenever we hear of cancer taking someone — it brings back the feelings we experienced during Scott’s treatment. Once again, just because the cancer is gone, doesn’t mean the Cancer is gone.

It felt great to get a good workout in this morning —

Warmup
800m jog
5 rounds of bear crawl/crab walk
5 rounds of inchworms/walking lunges
5 Handstands

Skill
Overhead Squats

WOD
5-5-5-5-5
Overhead Squats
L-sits (5x10s holds)
63,83,93,98,98

My wrists hurt because I didn’t tape them and because –well, Overhead Squats, so I stuck with the 98lbs at the end even though I wanted to get to 100#. Coach Conan stressed that it’s not really about the weight during OHS, it’s about midline stability. Keeping your core tight is what holds the weight. If you are all loose — there is no way you will lift heavy over your head.

And related — we may not do ‘crunches’ in CrossFit, but the entire WOD today was about the core. You don’t have to hit the gym and say ok let me focus on my abs to get a good ab workout — if you are doing things right, most movements should engage your core, thus working your core, thus getting you a good ab workout. Your workouts can be more efficient — which is what we all want right?

Goodbye to an amazing innovator: Steve Jobs

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Very sad to hear about Steve Jobs – no other way to say it — Cancer Sucks.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate — you can be super rich, poor, male, female, short, tall, fat, thin, happy, sad, black, white, old, young —

http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

‎”I’ve looked at myself in the mirror and asked, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?’ Whenever the answer is ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” -Steve Jobs

Men may need colon cancer screening earlier than women do

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Study: Men may need colon cancer screening earlier than women do

Men may need to begin colon cancer screening earlier than women, new research suggests.

The study found that men were far more likely to have potentially precancerous lesions (also called polyps or adenomas) in their colon — 24.9 percent of men compared to 14.8 percent of women — and to have them at an earlier age.

“In our study, analysis of age- and sex-specific prevalence of adenomas, advanced adenomas and colorectal cancers indicates a significantly higher rate of these lesions among men compared with women in all age groups, suggesting that male sex constitutes an independent risk factor for colorectal carcinoma and their precursor lesions, and indicating new sex-specific age recommendations for screening colonoscopy,” said study author Dr. Monika Ferlitsch, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

But, at least one U.S. expert says that screening guidelines don’t need to be changed based on these findings alone.

“This is a very interesting, very well-done study that included a lot of people. But, I have a lot of concerns about making changes to currently accepted screening guidelines that are well thought-out,” said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of the division of gastroenterology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

“There were very few people under 50 in this study, and all of those were referred because they have a high risk of colon cancer,” noted Bernstein, who said all of these people would have been referred for screening in the United States because of their higher risk anyway. He added that while the issue might warrant further investigation, he doesn’t see any need to make gender-based screening recommendations for colorectal cancer.

Young Cancer Survivors

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Author Geralyn Lucas puts a fresh face on cancer survival

There are way too many young people getting cancer—

Sixteen years ago, Lucas received a breast cancer diagnosis. The 44-year-old author of “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” is among Gen X survivors helping to de-stigmatize the disease.

Learning from Cancer Survivors

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10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer

When I interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside, I noticed that they all shared one remarkable thing in common.

They had all faced down death and decided to live every day like it might be their last. And then they all beat cancer.

The more interviews I did, the more I noticed that these women were living differently than most of the people I knew who had not been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s what I learned from those survivor women. Learning these lessons changed my life, and I hope they’ll change yours.

Cancer Patients use Nurse Navigators

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When a Doctor Isn’t Enough

Nurse Navigators Help Patients Through Maze of Cancer-Treatment Decisions, Fears

When Judith Nakamura tried to see a surgeon to follow up on her treatment for breast cancer recently, she was told it would be a two-month wait. Colleen Sullivan-Moore stepped in and got Ms. Nakamura an appointment the following week.

Ms. Sullivan-Moore, at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., heads a team of nurse navigators. Their job: to help steer cancer patients through the medical-system maze.

 

 

Over the course of Ms. Nakamura’s seven months of treatment, Ms. Sullivan-Moore helped her understand the diagnosis and overcome her fears. She was in the recovery room when Ms. Nakamura awoke after her surgeries. And Ms. Sullivan-Moore directed the patient where to buy a wig before she lost her hair to chemotherapy treatment.

I Had Cancer Community

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Great new community I Had Cancer in the news. Having been a caregiver, I can tell you finding a community easily that gets what you are going through is really important. You have all these questions and no one place to find the answers in most cases. It’s nice to talk to others who have been there and can relate —

New social network deals with cancer through digital connections

By all accounts, dealing with cancer can be one of life’s most isolating experiences. Despite the fact that the American Cancer Society estimates that one-half of American men and one-third of American women will have cancer at some point in their lives, many find that the topic is still difficult to talk about.

So Mailet Lopez, a breast cancer survivor, decided that the time had come for the world’s first social networking site to connect those affected by cancer —ihadcancer.com.

Get the book: TWICE: How I Became a Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21…for FREE!

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