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F*** Cancer: Life Lessons From My Mother

Julie Greenbaum | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Greenbaum

The memories of my mother are not of a cancer victim, they are not of a shaved head, or intravenous tubes, or a frail body. They are her wonderful spirit, her brave beautiful smile, and a loving acceptance of life that was contagious with everyone she touched. My mother didn't just talk the talk, she walked the walk.

It's My Cancer And I'll Cry If I Want To

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg As someone dealing with a pretty major crisis in her life, the pressure to remain positive at all times can be quite taxing. in those moments where it all comes rushing over me, I don't feel so chipper. And I don't think this makes me weak. I think it makes me human.

Being a Motherless Mother: Raising a Child After the Loss of my Mom

The Purple Fig | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

It's like I was out there in the world for so many years being motherless and then one morning I peed on a stick and suddenly I was a mother. I couldn't have known then that the hole in my chest would only get bigger and that my loneliness would be married to the fact that I was motherless. I will never know love like this again, I thought, as I sat next to her hospital bed for the last time.

WATCH: Boyfriend Gets Girfriend Fighting Cancer An Amazing Gift

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Living

What do you do when it's your girlfriend's birthday and she's several thousand miles away and recovering from brain surgery? A phone call, a card or a...

Lose Weight By Eating More...Worms?

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgNew research suggests obesity might be an autoimmune condition caused by an imbalance in the microbiota of the gut. Good germs could help to keep obesity at bay, while bad germs could lead to increased weight gain, even without the person eating more.

With Cancer, You Must Accept the Things You Cannot Change

Phil Froats | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

The second line of the serenity prayer is "to accept the things we cannot change." This sounds really easy but in reality can be quite difficult. A prime example of this is cancer. For those of us who contract cancer, we cannot change that fact. Once cancer is accepted, our attitude toward it changes.

How Cancer Happened to My Family

masalamommas | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Even though cancer is becoming more widespread among many families today, the fear and devastation that families feel when a loved one is inflicted with the disease has yet to recede. Cancer had always been something that "happened to other people" and "wouldn't be something that would affect us" for my immediate and extended family, until my mum was diagnosed with the disease.

Cancer Taught Me to Live in the Moment

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg For as long as I can remember, I have been an obsessive planner. I love to make plans, to organize, to prepare. And I'm quite good at it, too. Long-term goals, schedules. These are things I like. A fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants girl, I am not. With my cancer diagnosis, a lot of things came crashing down around me.

Finding Serenity While Battling Cancer

Phil Froats | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

Serenity is priceless, especially when you have a life crisis like cancer. During these times, fear can be overwheming and your thoughts are a ceaseless series of awful possibilities. Our modern day world is not conducive to serenity. Even at the best of times, we are inundated with responsibilities and information.

Seedless Fruits and Vegetables Don't Do Us Any Favours

Josh Gitalis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

Seeds contain the book of life. They have all of the genetic information necessary to create a new life. But what happened to all of the seeds? One word... convenience. We have bred our foods to make them more convenient by eliminating the most important part of the food.

The Time I Shaved my Head (and It Kinda Sucked)

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg I never in my life thought I would type the following sentence and have it be true: I shaved my head. We put on some upbeat music and made some jokes and laughed a bit. But then I lost control of my emotions and entered full mental case meltdown territory. I don't look like me. My hair is all over the floor. I am 28 years old. I have cancer.

How You Can Help a Friend With Cancer

Phil Froats | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

What do you do when you find out that a friend has cancer? This is the type of news that can make you feel awkward in the relationship. Here are some suggestions from what I've learned with two encounters with my own cancers.

High Hospital Parking Costs Add Insult to Injury

Phil Froats | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada
Phil Froats

During cancer treatments there are other, often less thought of expenses, that can really add up. Take hospital parking. Over a course of treatments this really adds up. Full parking charges, twice a week for six weeks can cost you up to $276 at Sunnybrook on top of the cost of getting your car to the hospital.

Quit The 'Smoke Break' At Work

Kate Carty | Posted 03.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kate Carty

Smoking can become wrapped up in daily work routines, making it harder to quit. Severing the "smoke break" chain takes a lot of preparation on the part of the individual trying to quit but a little support from co-workers and employers can make a big difference.

The Government's Addiction to Smoking

Phil Froats | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Phil Froats

When you look at the numbers alone, it boggles the mind why there have not been more measures taken to curb or eliminate smoking altogether. One of the main reasons is governments' addiction to tobacco taxes. At times, they show their true colours and flash this addiction for all to see.

You Are Smarter Than Your Cancer

Phil Froats | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

The more you realize that your cancer is that stupid, the more you can believe that you can begin to have more authority over it. It is a two-trick pony that cannot do anything other than grow and transfer itself to other areas of your body. You can re-frame your thinking of cancer by looking at it as a mindless blob rather than a deadly force.

The Top 10 Cancer Breakthroughs Of 2012

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living

While cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada — a recent report by the Canadian Cancer Society estimated that in 2012, 200 Canadians di...

Bif Naked On Beating Cancer, Getting Divorced And Staying Strong

Huffington Post Music Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Bif Naked has made a career out of being a badass chick. Initially, it was by way of the late-'90s CanRock boys club, prowling Edgefest stages, infilt...

Studies Say Testing Cervical Cancer Earlier Than Age 25 Of Little Value

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Are young Canadian women undergoing too many Pap tests? New research suggests they probably are.And the findings provide strong hints that c...

What Having Cancer Taught Me About Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

My newfound wisdom as a cancer survivor has shed the light on a little secret: we don't have to do all that work. I'm sure my family would have been just as happy to stay home, be less busy, and receive fewer presents. I am also certain that all they really wanted was for me to be there -- alive -- with them.

The Lifestyle Changes You Can Make To Keep Cancer Away

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Living

Cancer is the biggest killer in Canada — and it's also one of the most misunderstood diseases in the world. Despite years and countless billions ...

Do All Diseases Need a "Movember" Gimmick?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Josh D. Scheinert

Movember has made a very important contribution to men's health. But in addition to Movember, November is also Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month. But most of us probably didn't know that; you can't grow two moustaches at once. Movember, along with a few other of the more fortunate charitable campaigns, is a behemoth. In its success, which is to be commended, Movember leaves a wake of other, less fortunate charities, patients, doctors and researchers. As this trend will inevitably continue to grow, I'm not entirely sure we should be comfortable with that.

Should November Be a Month for Remembering Moustaches?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

I'm not knocking Movember. It is an excellent campaign, both for fundraising and awareness. I don't even have a problem with the timing. I have absolutely nothing against Movember. I'm using it for comparison purposes because Movember and Remembrance both happen during the same month and are both about awareness. And last week, Movember enjoyed a lot more media coverage than veterans.

Can We Preserve Fertility In Male Cancer Patients?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Scientists have long been searching for a way to preserve fertility in young boys who undergo cancer treatments and may be unable to father ...

90% Of Canadian Families Battling Cancer Are Also Battling This

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Nine out of 10 Canadian families battling cancer are also battling financial debt, according to a study released Thursday. The Canadian C...