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Did you know that for a significant percentage of people with Bells Palsy that the symptoms are caused by the Herpes Virus? That’s right, Herpes Simplex Virus type 1, HSV-1, is associated with up to 80% of cases of Bells Palsy. The virus attacks the facial nerve and causes inflammation and paralysis. The person is unable to move many of the muscles in the cheek, lip, eyelid and forehead which results in a drooping of that side of the face.
When I was growing up, my mother told me that fish was good for your brain. I don’t know where she heard that, but it stuck with me. Until we moved to Alaska, where we ate the salmon, halibut and Dolly Varden trout that we caught, my fish diet was limited to Fish Sticks on Friday and my favorite choice at McDonalds, the Filet-o-Fish sandwich.
By Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
Hope can keep you going when you’ve got a life-threatening illness. That’s why the idea of participating in a clinical trial on a potentially promising new cancer drug appealed to me.
But it scared me too. With any study, there are unknowns and risks. “What do you think of the study”? I asked my oncologist when she told me about the project. “I think it’s a good opportunity to possibly advance medicine. I want to see breast cancer cured.”.
If this treatment, lxibepilone, ends up making a huge difference, it could be the first medical breakthrough in over a decade for the disease I had – Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a very aggressive disease with a high risk for re-occurrence.
My oncologist’s sister is in a similar trial for the same illness. That scored big with me – along with her true belief that the study drug is, at the least, as good as the conventional therapy. I signed the trial consent form on the spot, hearing all that I needed (or maybe wanted) to know.
Our Featured Guest Writer Today is Laurie Andreoni, President, Waking Dream Designs
Alopecia, or hair loss, is a chemotherapy side effect that many of us fear more than any other aspect of treatment. With no hair and the high stress of cancer treatment how can you maintain confidence?
After losing my hair from chemotherapy for breast cancer, I panicked when my skin became too sensitive for wigs. A scarf tied behind my head reminded me of dusting cobwebs. I wanted something comfortable and poufy so I wouldn’t look as lousy as I felt.
This became a mission of creating something beautiful out of this chapter of my life. I learned to wrap big scarves, and the style was so unique that it drew compliments even from strangers. Since it was difficult to imitate, I snipped fabrics into a new pattern, produced short runs with a sewing contractor, and Titillating Turbans were born! (more…)
When children get sick and are coughing, parents are often at their wits end especially at night. It’s beyond difficult when everyone in the house is up because of a persistent cough. Parents are understandably reluctant to give medications that may not work well and have side effects.
I’ve had the pleasure to read and review the book “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir” by Karen Ingalls. I am very impressed with Karen’s personal story, attention to detail and inspiration for others battling cancer. Karen expresses “this book is the result of my increased awareness that there is a great need for more information about ovarian cancer. Our mortality rate is 70%, compared to 15 % for breast cancer. A woman needs to know about the whispering symptoms of ovarian cancer and be encouraged to be her own advocate.”
Do you wonder if you’re at higher risk of developing breast cancer than your sister, friend or cousin? If you’re like most women, you have friends and/or family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and you may be wondering, “Why them? What about me? Am I at high risk?
Breast Cancer is still the most common type of cancer in women. Each year approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early and better detection and research that’s led to advanced treatments are all improving the outlook for women diagnosed with breast cancer, and yet many of us wonder if we’re at high risk. There are lists of risk factors, but making sense of what to do with the information is daunting.
I was just reading in a magazine about Robin Roberts, her friendship with Diane Sawyer and how Robin’s breast cancer changed their relationship. It was brave of Robin to share her experience with ABC Good Morning America Viewers. She’s recovering, optimistic and worked through her chemo. I love what she said about how her friends were part of the “cure.”
It reminds me of a dear friend, Kim, who would invite friends to her “chemo dates.” She wanted to be entertained, or distracted or just have someone with her if she was tired. She was always quick with a smile and liked to share her friends with other women who were there alone. (more…)
Every year when I have my , I dread the possibility that this year will be the year that I hear bad news. With a mother who had breast cancer and caring for so many patients who have developed it over the years, I always wonder, “Will I be next?
There are so many things that are out of our control, but as it turns out there is a way to lower your risk of developing (more…). And I’ll give you a hint, it’s just one word: Exercise.
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
When I got cancer, I thought “Eat chicken.” It’s low-fat. Little did I know, studies show any kind of meat is high in arachidonic acid – the stuff that cancer cells feed off of. I’ve since delved further into the books, and learned some more on cancer and nutrition. Of course, how far you want to go, how much you want to change your diet, is up to you. But I was surprised at how many foods research books are good for fighting cancer – how many of them that I actually like. Here’s some of what I’ve learned on what’s good, what’s not, and why….