Truly Surviving After Cancer

There are more than 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States, a number the National Cancer Institute expects to grow to almost 18 million by 2022. Despite medical advances that help more of us to survive longer, the reality of cancer, and its emotional aftermath simply cannot be measured in statistics. "You have Cancer." The words no one wants to hear. I sure didn’t. Cancer patients are as unique as individuals of any other group, each viewing cancer through the lens of our life experience. I’m not a

Why I'm Damn Happy to Be Middle-Aged

So, I hear Julia Roberts doesn’t plan to get plastic surgery. I know this because it made the news. Imagine that. A woman in her 40s has chosen not to have plastic surgery and it makes the news. I don’t pay much attention to Hollywood or fashion or celebrity culture, but I do know something about being a middle-aged woman. There, I’ve said it. I am middle aged. I’ve got a few years on Julia Roberts, too. I’m not sure when we officially transition from middle age to senior status, but I won’t

58 Words You Should Know: Breast Cancer

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is devastating, and processing the news and coming to accept your diagnosis will take time. When you’re finally ready to move forward, you’re faced with learning a whole new vocabulary to understand the disease. Don’t worry: We’re here to help. Hover over the words to define and decode breast cancer terms around diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, and take back control of your health.

Why We Can't Say What Multiple Sclerosis Looks Like

What vision comes to mind when you hear the words “multiple sclerosis?” You’ve probably read about people with MS who climb mountains and run marathons. You’ve likely seen people with MS who use a wheelchair because they can’t walk. Both are accurate portrayals of life with MS, but neither represents a complete picture. That’s because MS affects the central nervous system, so it can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Lots of them. Fortunately, not every person with MS has every symptom.

Multiple Sclerosis by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You

(MS) is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults around the world. You can get MS at any age, but most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. There are relapsing/remitting types of MS and progressive types, but the course is never predictable. Researchers still don’t fully understand the causes of MS or why the rate of progression is so difficult to determine.