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January 29, 2013 by Scarves Dot-Net
Bloggers who openly and honestly share stories about how cancer has affected their lives:
A Fresh ChapterTerri shares her global adventures as she experiences life after breast cancer.
And You May Ask Yourself-Well…How Did I Get Here?Star writes about her journey to redefine herself as she copes with her husband’s untimely death.
Beauty For AshesJoannah talks about life after losing her husband to kidney cancer and how she strives to once again have joy in her life.
Boo-Bee TrapTC shares her approach to dealing with cancer through all the medical highs and lows.
Breast Cancer? But Doctor…I Hate Pink!Ann gives her no-nonsense, hard-hitting approach to cancer with a few jokes in the middle of it all.
Breast Cancer SisterhoodThis site is run by multiple women to provide accurate resources, answer questions, and allow each to share their personal testimony about breast cancer.
Breast InvestigatorsA social network of cancer patients, survivors, organizations, and advocates that provides easy access to quality information surrounding all aspects of breast cancer.
Caroline’s Breast Cancer BlogCaroline shares her musings of the medical world as she faced breast cancer and discusses her ups and downs with the disease.
Chemobabe!Chemobabe is a spunky, edgy personality who wants to fight cancer head-on.
Chemobrain…..In The Fog With AM From BC 2 ADAnneMarie writes about the memory of her father and urges others to help bring an end to breast cancer.
Dancing With Cancer: Living With Mets, The New NormalJill blogs about “dancing” through chemo treatments and life with cancer.
Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy’s Breast Cancer BlogDr. Kathleen provides up-to-date medical information in easy-to-understand terms and shares her mission to work towards prevention.
I Hate Breast CancerKathy gives readers her hard-hitting and informational approach to cancer, along with current news updates about the disease.
Let Life HappenBarbara tells her inspirational story of surviving breast cancer and domestic abuse.
Miracle Survivors: Inspiration & Information For Cancer ThriversTami shows her determination to beat the odds and shares others’ miraculous testimonies of living beyond their diagnosis.
My Breast Cancer BlogJacki recounts the story of her 8-year survival from breast cancer. Follow her stories about her life, struggles, her family, and her determination to beat the odds.
My Stage IV LifeLaura transparently discusses her battle with Stage IV cancer.
Nancy’s Point: A Blog About Breast Cancer And LossNancy shares the story of losing her mother to cancer, followed by her own diagnosis.
Pink GooseAcacia honestly describes her feelings towards breast cancer and the daily musings of her life with metastatic breast cancer.
The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight With Breast CancerAngelo tells the heart-gripping story of his wife’s battle with cancer and shares the breathtaking photographs of their journey together.
A variety of literature on cancer, ranging from books on coping with the disease, chemotherapy, and loss to memoirs from inspiring individuals:
A Three Dog Life by Abigail ThomasAbigail’s memoir of coping with a traumatic accident that crippled her husband.
Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-SchreiberA book of developments in cancer research and tips on how prevent and fight cancer.
Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do: Third Edition by Greg AndersonA book that teaches practical steps on how to beat a diagnosis and live with hope.
Chemo: Secrets to Thriving: From someone who’s been there by Roxanne BrownA detailed, step-by-step guide that covers all things chemotherapy.
Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris CarrA scrapbook-style book of tips and tricks from actress and photographer, Kris Carr.
Diagnosis Cancer: Your Guide Through the First Few Months by Wendy Schlessel HarphamA guide on how to choose the best care in the medical system.
Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide To Cancer in Your 20’s and 30’s by Kairol RosenthalA compilation of stories from young adults about living with cancer.
Getting Past the Fear: A guide to help you mentally prepare for chemotherapy by Nancy StordahlAn ebook written by our very own spotlight blogger, Nancy, about the emotional journey of facing chemotherapy. Read her firsthand account and personal tips for alleviating the fear and anxiety of chemotherapy.
Living Well with Cancer: A Nurse Tells You Everything You Need to Know by Katen MooreA book by an oncology nurse who discusses coping mechanisms for the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.
Losing a Parent: Practical Help For You And Other Family Members – by Fiona MarshallA book focused on handling the emotions and anxieties of losing a parent and how to move forward.
Model Patient: My Life As An Incurable Wise-Ass by Karen DuffyThe hilarious memoir of a famous spokesmodel as she faced a life-threatening disease head-on.
Motherless Daughters: A Legacy of Loss by Hope EdelmanA courageous book about daughters losing their mothers and their journey through grief and heartache.
The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight with Breast CancerThe powerful story of Jennifer Merendino’s battle with breast cancer as told through photographs taken by her husband (and SDN Spotlight blogger) Angelo Merendino. Available for digital download September 1st.
The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Woman with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer by John LinkAn informational guide written to help women facing treatment feel empowered and knowledgeable as they approach cancer.
The Chemotherapy & Radiation (Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Survivor’s Guide) by Judith McKayA complete breakdown of steps and medical terminology to know while undergoing cancer treatments.
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks by Robin RommThe memoir of a daughter coping with her mother’s illness and the tale of how she pushes forward after her mother’s death.
Writing to Recover: The Journey from Loss and Grief to a New Life by Harriet Hodgson, BS, MAAn interactive book that prompts writing to cope with grief.
Aviation networks that provide free or discounted flights for specialized health care facilities or general travel:
Airlines with a discounted fare:
Organizations that provide accommodations for cancer patients during their treatment:
Centers and organizations that provide informational resources about varying types of cancer, research, fundraising, and support:
American Association for Cancer ResearchAn organization dedicated to finding a cure to cancer.
American Cancer Society: Relay For LifeA fundraising campaign that fights cancer and funds research.
American Society of Clinical OncologyAn extensive collection of information about the many types of cancer.
Avon Foundation For WomenInformation about breast cancer and ways to get involved and show your support.
Cancer CareA site that focuses on professional support for anyone affected by cancer.
Cancer Hope NetworkA national community that assists patients by matching them with partners who have undergone the same experience.
Cancer Support CommunityA national community that provides support and teaches others about cancer.
Cancer Wellness CenterA community that finds individuals to help assist patients as they go through diagnosis and treatment.
Cancer Survivors NetworkA network where you can interact with and read the stories of other survivors.
Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteA long standing institute dedicated to providing resources and medical advances to fight against cancer.
Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach CancerA non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers.
Gabrielle’s AngelsA foundation to encourage the development of more effective therapies for leukemia and related cancers.
HealthlineInformational slides regarding cancer.
HerceptinInformation about the varying stages of breast cancer.
His Breast Cancer AwarenessInformation and resources about male breast cancer.
Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyAn organization designed to improve the quality of life of patients and families affected by leukemia and lymphoma.
LivestrongAn organization focused on improving the lives of cancer survivors.
My LifelineAn organization that assists in creating a free, customized website to build online support.
National Cancer InstituteA part of the National Institutes of Health that provides information and resources about all types of cancer.
National Coalition for Cancer SurvivorshipAn organization that provides tools to help empower people and advocate for themselves.
National Comprehensive Cancer NetworkA non-profit alliance focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of care for cancer patients.
National Institutes of HealthA part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that researches important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.
National Marrow Donor ProgramAn organization that offers the opportunity to donate bone marrow or umbilical cord blood to those in need.
National Patient Advocate FoundationA non-profit organization focused on health care legislation.
Stand Up To CancerAn organization dedicated to ending cancer.
Stupid CancerA foundation focused on support for young adults affected by cancer.
Susan G Komen For The CureA non-profit organization that raises awareness about breast cancer.
The Gathering PlaceA caring community center with multiple resource pages.
T.J. Martell FoundationA non-profit organization focused on raising money for research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDs.
Organizations that offer a variety of free resources ranging from products, like hats and scarves, to moral support and pen pals:
American Cancer Society: TLC DirectA catalog from the American Cancer Society that provides wigs, hats, scarves, and mastectomy products for women at affordable prices.
Bethesda Skin CareThe Melanie Policy provides a free bar of sunscreen soap to anyone with cancer.
Chemo AngelsAn organization that pairs people undergoing treatment with pen pals to bring encouragement.
Cleaning for A ReasonA non-profit organization that works with professional house cleaning groups to provide free cleaning services for those who are undergoing treatment.
GailaA non-profit organization that provides a free gaila hat to individuals undergoing chemotherapy.
Good WishesA simple mission that provides a Good Wishes scarf to every individual experiencing thinning hair or hair loss due to treatment or illness.
Hats Off to ChemoAn organization that collects hats and distributes one to each person undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Heavenly HatsA foundation that furnishes a brand new (free) hat for all medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or treatment of a disease.
Look Good Feel BetterA free instructional program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer.
The Fill A Heart Group, IncA program that handcrafts a heart pillow to help ease emotional and physical pain.
The Lydia ProjectAn organization that handcrafts a tote that they will send to any woman in the world.
The Medical Day PlannerA planner for caregivers to monitor appointments, information, and medical history and ease a potentially overwhelming experience into an organized format.
The Reid Sleeve PeopleA medical center that will send a free alertband to any patient that is at risk of or has lymphedema.
Treatment DiariesAn anonymous social community connecting those living with illness, or caring for someone with illness, through conversation, inspiration, and support!
Organizations and facilities that offer retreats for cancer patients and survivors:
Casting for RecoveryAn national organization that offers an all inclusive weekend where you can enjoy the outdoors and learn to fly fish.
Camp Make-A-DreamA beautiful, cost-free Montana experience for individuals of all ages with medical supervision included.
Camp SunshineA fun, cost-free outdoor experience that provides many activities for children in Georgia.
Commonweal Cancer Help ProgramA program that offers a free week-long retreat for patients during any stage of cancer.
First DescentsAn organization that offers a free outdoor experience, including rock climbing, paddling, and surfing in Colorado to adventurous young-adult cancer fighters and survivors
Harmony HillA cancer program in the hills of Washington for a one or three-day workshop focused on the psychological, physical, and spiritual needs of participants.
Kokolulu Farm and Cancer RetreatA retreat facility in Hawaii that is focused on holistic methods to assist participants.
Little Pink House of HopeAn organization that provides a free week-long retreat in the Carolinas to breast cancer patients and their families.
Mending in the MountainsA retreat in Montana for female survivors to help restore hope and rediscover joy while undergoing the challenges of cancer recovery.
Second Wind RetreatA cottage located in the hills of north Georgia that provides a nice getaway for those undergoing cancer treatments.
Smith Center For Healing and The ArtsA week-long retreat planned in Washington, D.C. that provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for patients in the midst of cancer
Stowe Weekend of HopeAn inspirational retreat weekend in Vermont for cancer survivors and their families. The first visit is free and returning visits are discounted.
Strength For LifeA free weekend retreat in New York that offers one day of classes and speakers, followed by a full day to relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.
Women Beyond CancerMultiple retreat options to destinations like Maine, Utah, and Costa Rica where you are pampered and cared for. Some trips are free, while others are available for a small fee.
For additional survivor retreats, check here.
Useful sites about how to help kids cope with news of a cancer diagnosis:
About.comTen tips to help teenagers cope with a parent’s cancer diagnosis.
American Cancer SocietyAn article that discusses how to help children when a family member has cancer.
Cancer CouncilA list of reasons why you should talk to your children about cancer.
Cancer Research UKTips on how to talk to your children about your cancer diagnosis.
Children’s Cancer Research FundA list of books written to help children deal with cancer.
Grief SpeaksA helpful resource for helping your children cope with your diagnosis, including useful lists of books and websites.
Heartfelt Words 4 Kids: Book SuggestionsA list of books that help children cope when a parent is going through cancer treatment.
Kids KonnectedA retreat for children whose parents have cancer that gives them an opportunity to bond with other kids going through the same situation.
KidScopeDVDs that help explain cancer and chemotherapy to children.
Someone I Know Is SickA book designed to help explain cancer to a young child.
When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children by Wendy S. HarphamA book written to help explain the cancer treatment process to a child.
Additional information regarding cancer awareness:
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