The Cancer Rollercoaster

Life In Extremis


From the moment I was first diagnosed with cancer I have been flying along at high speed without the chance to catch my breath. The Cancer Rollercoaster can suddenly throw me down into troughs of pain and fear and then I ride high again on hope and good wishes. As every cancer patient knows, the highs and lows we go through can be extreme.
I feel I am going from one major trauma to the next without a pause, without a chance to process any of it in my mind or allow myself the time to feel the sadness and anger and grief that go along with cancer.

Results days are always difficult. I feel pulled in two, half of me wants to get it over with as soon as possible as I think the more information I have the better I am able to deal with what’s happening. The…

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New HPV Test To Screen For Cervical Cancer Not Doing Away With Pap Smears Just Yet

CBS San Francisco

(CBS SF) — A new method to screen for cervical cancer that would allow women to skip the much-dreaded Pap smear has not yet gained universal acceptance and has instead created a debate over which screening method is preferable.

Last month the Food and Drug Administration approved a DNA test for human papillomavirus (HPV) for women 25 and older. HPV infection is the primary cause of cervical cancer.

The belief is that by detecting presence of HPV, doctors can screen more effectively for the cancer.

The invasive Pap smear procedure involves scraping cells of the outer cervix, then viewing them under a microscope to detect precancerous or cancerous cells.

The Pap smear is credited with a 50 percent drop in cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. over the last 30 years, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists (ACOG).

The maker of the HPV test, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, told National…

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Naturopathy – A Quick Guide



Many women diagnosed with cancer begin to look into natural healing methods. If you like the idea of relying on the healing power of nature, you may want to explore naturopathy. About one million Americans seeks naturopathic treatments each year, and you can find practitioners in many countries around the world.

Naturopathy began in Germany and spread throughout the nineteenth century. Benedict Lust, one of its founders, opened the first known health food store in New York City in 1895, selling vegetables, fruit, and homeopathic medicines.

Today, naturopathy still emphasizes self-healing and favors the least invasive forms of treatment. Take a quick look at the benefits of naturopathy and how to make them work for you.

Benefits of Naturopathy

1. Live healthy. Keeping yourself in good condition is the essence of naturopathy. Eat whole foods, exercise regularl manage stress, and sleep well.

2. Coordinate your treatment. You may need conventional…

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Life In Extremis

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Cancer and Motherhood. Those are two words that aren’t supposed to go together and yet they both entered my life at the same time. They have both taken over my life and consumed all my waking moments so that I cannot quite remember what or who I was before they came along.
I know which of the two I prefer obviously but they are pretty intertwined in my mind. I have only ever dealt with cancer in the light of becoming a mother and I have only ever cared for my son in the context of being a cancer patient.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to go through either experience on its own. If I had to face cancer without my son to bring joy and laughter into my life it would be so much harder to cope. If I had become a parent without the cancer…

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Cervical cancer as it is commonly called, is a malignant tumor of the tissues in the cervix . The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer (Squamous cell cancer and Adenocarcinoma). The HPV with its over 400 types is passed on through sexual contact. Genital wart virus is a type of HPV that does not usually cause cell changes that develop into cancer. Using condoms reduces the chance of a woman developing pre cancerous changes in the cervix. Most sexually active women will come into contact with at least one type of HPV during their lifetime. Recent research proves that having both herpes and HPV infections at the same time increases the risk of squamous cell cancer up to about 80% in women.
Other causes of cervical cancer include; taking pills and having a weakened immune system. Research has also proven that women with partners who…

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Cervivor is for YOU!

Have you recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer? Or are you a 3 year survivor, a 5 year survivor, a 20 year survivor?

Have you always wondered how to talk about your experience in a way that will help prevent others from having to go through what you went through?

Would you like to get more involved in educating your local community about prevention?

Whatever your story is, if you want to advocate to get rid of this disease once and for all…

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