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Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

We all face challenges in our lives, but it’s how we deal with them that defines us.  Whether our troubles are health-related, financial, or linked to relationships or loss, every one of us encounters difficulties.  I’ve been told that I have a positive attitude towards life and have been asked from where I derive my spirit and how I view my glass as half full.

I believe that some of my attitude is innate, part of it comes from outside influences and still another portion is my choice.  Being blessed with an optimistic outlook is the easy part, choosing to see the good in situations sometimes takes a little practice.

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Simplicity

Simplicity

Were you amongst one of the 150 guests that attended the first ever Northern NJ Stupid Cancer workshop?

If you were, your heard our key note speaker, Mathew Zachery who inspired us all with the story of his journey through cancer.  He shared the many adjustments he had to make with his diagnosis.  For Mathew, one of these was learning to play the piano again….

This video depicts a piece of what was felt on this special day.  Young adult survivors, their caregivers, and health care professionals united to learn and raise awareness for this unique population of survivors.

 

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Shelley Nolden’s Essay: Part 1

Shelley Nolden’s Essay: Part 1

This personal essay, titled “Exit,” originally appeared in the Winter / Spring 2013 issue of Adventum: A Literary Magazine. Additionally, it received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train.

The cold water strikes me like a hammer, with such force that I can hear it pounding. The hydraulic hole at the bottom of Nantahala Falls must’ve flipped me over upon impact. I botched the run down the rapids, but that disappointment will become irrelevant if I fail to free myself from this kayak. I yearn to scream, yet I must hold my breath. Even if I were to open my eyes, I would see nothing. I’m suspended in a vortex that overpowers my… Read More >

Each of us is a cancer fighter; Together we are an army

Each of us is a cancer fighter; Together we are an army

Stupid Cancer Northern New Jersey Adult Cancer Workshop – Saturday, March 16 @ John Theurer Cancer Center (Register Now!)

Each of us is a cancer fighter. Together, we are an army. And, just as importantly, we’re a group of friends, who can laugh together and support each other. As young adult fighters / survivors, we face a doozy of a list of cancer complications, which span from mouth sores to reservations about dating to finding a way to pay the bills. It’s not been easy for any of us, but we can make it just a little bit better for each other. I hope you join those of us who’ve already registered for this event.

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Supporting the Supporter - Caregivers’ Support Group

Supporting the Supporter - Caregivers’ Support Group

Each week, in the 8 Pavilion West Conference Room, we set aside a special hour for caregivers of cancer patients.  The group, entitled, SUPPORTING THE SUPPORTER, offers family and friends a regular opportunity to share their fears, frustrations and joys as they help their loved ones navigate an often overwhelming process. Those caring for cancer patients often experience as much or more psychological distress than the patients themselves (Carlson et al, 2000), and, with this knowledge, we realize how important it is to offer a support group specifically for caregivers.

While we know that providing care to someone in need can be a rewarding experience, we also know that it… Read More >

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