Summer 2012

In our summer issue, survivors share personal stories of how writing has been therapeutic in their cancer journeys. We also look at challenges that adolescent and young adult cancer patients face, provide an in-depth look at myelodysplastic syndromes, share insight into coping with chemotherapy, and supply a great selection of general wellness information and tools to help you navigate important healthcare decisions.


Myelodysplastic Syndromes
By Eleanor Mayfield
The Race to Chase Cancer Away
Through fundraising events, women run, walk, and bike their way toward a cure.
By Laurie Wertich
Women Write To Heal
Cancer survivors and caregivers find solace and purpose in writing about their experiences with cancer.
By Diana Price
Insights Into Rheumatoid Arthritis
What a diagnosis really means and how advances in treatment, research, and support are changing the outlook for RA for the better
By Mia James

Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

Get Fresh
Summer is the season for farm-fresh, flavorful foods.
By Laurie Wertich
Get Moving for Stronger Bones
Exercise can help build bone density.
By Jennifer Brown Bonniwell
Eat Well, Be Well: Weight Loss After 40
By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE

The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
An ongoing series highlighting complementary therapies.
By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD
Unraveling a Genetic Legacy
One family’s journey through its genetic landscape reveals connections to cancer and highlights the value of ongoing research related to prevention and early detection.
By Susan Beausang
The Race to Chase Cancer Away
Through fundraising events, women run, walk, and bike their way toward a cure.
By Laurie Wertich
Face facts: Young Adults Get Cancer, Too
Adolescents and young adults face tough challenges when they hear the words “you have cancer.”
By Diana Price
Tips from the Trenches
By Roxanne Brown
Look Good… Feel Better: YOUR Questions Answered
Beauty tips, guidance, and support during cancer treatment
By Jodie Hecker

Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

Life Coach: Be Present, It’s Summer!
By Denise King Gillingham, MSW, CPCC
Why Old is Not a Four Letter Word
Owning the beauty of age and experience
By C. J. Golden

Hear Me Roar

Women Share Their Personal Stories

Meet Our Friends!
Positive Purpose
Cindy Barshop describes her experience as a caregiver and her commitment to seeking the silver lining.
By Diana Price

Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World

Making Sense of Anti-Aging Fads
By Mia James
More Than Skin Deep: Managing Adult Acne Q&A
By Amy Wechsler, MD
By Kristin Bendikson, MD

Find Your Way

Taking the Mystery out of the Medical System

By Your Side: Stepping Up to the Plate
Coaching tips for becoming a confident self-advocate
By Kathryn (Seng) Gurland, LCSW
Lend Your Voice
By Rose Gerber, Director of Patient Advocacy, Community Oncology Alliance
Ask The Doctor: Menopause