Tips & Tricks to Swallow All those Pills - A Pill Swallowing Guide

Tips & Tricks to Swallow All those Pills - A Pill Swallowing Guide

A Pill Swallowing Guide - Based on My Own Experience One pill. Two pills. Red pill. Blue pill. For many that are fighting diseases, the road to recovery is lined with pills. Cancer recovery is no different. Of course, we’ll have chemotherapy, radiotherapy, transplants, surgeries and more, but at every step of the way, a plethora of pills dictate your journey. There are pills to treat every part of cancer. Firstly, there are the pills that you need to fight the disease itself. Then, there are the pills that help treat the symptoms of the disease. And then there are...

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What I am Thankful For - From a Cancer Survivor

What I am Thankful For - From a Cancer Survivor

During my cancer recovery, I had many, many stays in the hospital. As a 10 year old, I dreaded every visit. Mainly because of the treatments, but there was also the boredom. A stay meant being isolated in your hospital room with nothing but a TV for entertainment. So naturally, I would bring a bunch of video games and a collection of DVDs to keep me company. But nothing I brought provided much comfort. It was only the nurses treating me who made my stays more tolerable. They could always put a smile on my face, even through the worst...

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Surviving by a tube

Surviving by a tube

Treatment sucks. Cancer slowly takes away so many little pleasures in life, which can make it a chore to stay positive. As a child, this is only exacerbated as it feels like your entire identity gets dismantled. From school to friends, food to being carefree, everything gets sacrificed on the road to recovery. For me, one of the biggest causes of many sacrifices was my catheter. In the first week of my diagnosis, both of my arms were completely bruised from all the injections and blood draws. To prevent my veins from totally collapsing after a month, my doctors surgically...

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The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

Growing up, I loved the military. Everything from camo to tanks, I had an obsession over anything army related. So when I first got my medical ID tag and saw it looked just like a dog tag, I was absolutely thrilled to finally be sporting my own real-life “military swag”. But I didn’t fully realize how this little rectangular piece of metal could save my life. With my medical information linked, a medical ID tag provided a way to communicate to paramedics and new doctors that I was undergoing treatment in the event of an emergency. It would be especially...

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Friends are good for you.

Friends are good for you.

After my first hospitalization, I realized that things were not going to be the same any more. I was told to make several adjustments to help with my recovery. One of the immediate challenges was my education. Being immunosuppressed, I was easily susceptible to bacteria and not allowed to go back to school. Being in public spaces was no longer an option. I was a fifth grader who enjoyed the company of others so being isolated from my friends was something that was very discouraging and difficult. I had to be homeschooled for a year to keep me on track...

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