When to Get a Second Opinion on a Biopsy

May 14, 2010
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Biopsies are on my mind as I recently had a nodule removed to check for the presence of cancer. Even though my doctor was sending the tissue to a pathologist at a cancer hospital, I asked for slides to forward on for review at a second institution.
If experienced pathologists are checking my tissue, why would [...]

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In the Midst of Waiting

April 23, 2010
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Last week I had a small, hard nodule surgically removed from under my skin. The doctor said I would have to wait for about eight days while a pathologist examined the tissue and issued a report on his findings.
Eight days to wait. I wondered if the sarcoma or papillary carcinoma had recurred. Could it show [...]

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Finding Calm in the Storm at Concourse C

April 16, 2010
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I lay in the dark as lightning cracked and waves of thunder rolled through our mountain valley. Soon I heard the padding of feet that stopped beside the bed.
 “Mom, I’m scared of the storm,” my then seven-year-old daughter, Miss M, whispered. I lifted the blankets so she could crawl in next to me, and together [...]

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Tips to Make Juicing Simple and Delicious

April 10, 2010
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Fad diets come and go. Every few years there is a new favorite supplement touted to do everything from lower blood pressure to prevent cancer. But no diet or supplement has ever been shown to provide the range of disease-fighting substances that come from vegetables and fruits. Research just keeps demonstrating their power to prevent [...]

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10 Signs & Symptoms of a Good Doctor, Part 2

March 24, 2010
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In Part 1, we looked at five characteristics of a good doctor. Here are five final points for you to consider:
6. A good doctor avoids common errors in thinking.
Research shows that, as a doctor considers a patient’s condition, she comes up with two or three possible diagnoses from the beginning of the meeting. A really [...]

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10 Signs & Symptoms of a Good Doctor, Part 1

March 20, 2010
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When you learned you had cancer, it was most likely a doctor who broke the shocking news. And from that point on, a stream of them entered your world – testing, advising, consulting and treating. So how do you know that these professionals are competent to guide you toward healing from cancer?
There are some clear signs, [...]

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Nourish Yourself with the 10 Daily Habits

March 12, 2010
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Life coaches are all about helping people find balance in their lives. Yet it’s a huge challenge to regain equilibrium when you have cancer, are caring for someone who does, or are slowly recovering your health. The 10 Daily Habits can help.
We are all creatures of habit. The British mystery writer Agatha Christie became famous [...]

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Here’s to Your Whole Life

March 1, 2010
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If you landed at this website because you have been diagnosed with cancer or you care about someone who has, you’ve come to the right place – and at a good time.
I envision this new blog being a resource for those at any stage of cancer — newly diagnosed, in the midst of treatment, or [...]

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