Daily Life

Here you’ll find posts about resources and products created to help you get through the day.  Learn about potential side effects and how to manage them; fitness programs for cancer fighters and survivors; tools to track medications and health history; free house cleaning or babysitting services; care packages to brighten your day; as well as some of our favorite cancer-fighting recipes and much more.

S.W.A.K (Sealed With A Kiss)…

What is Card Care Connection? Alan and I were constantly amazed how kind complete strangers were to us while we were battling cancer.  Their words of encouragement & random acts of kindness helped give us the strength we needed to take on another day.  I remember meeting a woman while...


WTF is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia (n):  Dry mouth.  Occurs when the salivary glands do not make enough saliva (spit) to keep the mouth moist.    Xerostomia or dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of cancer treatments, especially head and neck radiation. Because saliva is needed for chewing, swallowing, tasting, and talking, these activities...


FREE Massage for Cancer Patients

According to many studies, therapeutic massage offers real benefits to cancer patients.  Massage can help alleviate painful side effects & fatigue, control nausea, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost. Massage can even help reduce the need for pain medications.   More and more groups (whether...


Ginseng May Improve Fatigue in Cancer Patients

A study led by the Mayo Clinic found that “high doses of the herb American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) over two months reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients more effectively than a placebo”.  Fatique is one of the most common short term & longer term side effects caused by cancer treatments. Here’s...


Raising $$$ to Help Cover Cancer Treatments & Expenses

I had no idea how expensive having cancer could be, that is until I lived it… co-pays, RXs, supplements, OTC meds, special foods, private nursing assistance, testing or procedures that insurance didn’t cover (even though we had excellent insurance coverage), parking fees at doctor’s offices, the list of expenses goes on & on.  An...


FREE 90 day trial of e-Caring’s Home Health Monitoring System

e-Caring’s graphics make this system super easy to use! When a loved one is sick or needs taking care of in a home environment, how can you easily keep track of and monitor their condition? Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…  eCaring has created an online system that...


Finding Your Groove With Food…

MEET GUEST BLOGGER Kendall Scott from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Kendall was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 27. After making changes in her diet during cancer treatment and noticing major improvements in her energy and overall health, she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and attained board certification...


got Lymphedema? Get LympheDIVAs…

Lymphedema is a potential side effect of breast cancer treatment (most   commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes) that can cause permanent swelling of the arm and hand.  Swelling can range from mild and hardly noticeable to extreme making it difficult to use the affected arm and hand....


Tools that Keep Track of Vital Information

Knowledge is power…. and when it comes to cancer, knowing and keeping track of the different procedures, doctors, scans, results, treatment plans, hospitalizations and medication history crucial. Check out these tools designed to help patients & caregivers not only organize vital information, but make it readily accessible: I LOVE The Medical Day...


What is Neutropenia?

Neutropenia (n): characterized by an abnormally low number of neutrophils the most important type of white blood cell. (Wikipedia) White blood cell counts can be determined by a simple blood test. Anyone undergoing cancer treatments will most likely experience some level of neutropenia at some point.  You see, white blood cells help our bodies...




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