Monday, May 30, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - A Soldiers Journey

In observance of Memorial Day, we take a look at those soldiers whose battle extends beyond the combat zone and into the war with cancer.

The journeys of Staff Sergeant Kyler Kelley and Marine Jose Belliard

Extended: War veteran Jose Belliard:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Laughter Yoga

Laughter is the best medicine. How about that? Who would think that there would ever be a laughter group for patients in a health care facility? It may sound crazy or weird to some but laughter has taken its place in Integrative Medicine. Laughter Yoga is a form of laughing exercises where a group of people gather and laugh along with deep yogic breathing. According to the Laughter Yoga International Organization, patients have responded positively as it reduces their stress levels, blood pressure and depression.

The journey is definitely uncertain but the options of coping with cancer varies. Who knows, it may be just the medicine that you need.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - A Cancer Survivor (Times Two)

Although we all know that cancer is no laughing matter, we also know that the disease affects everyone differently. Mack Dryden has found a way to keep survivors and caregivers laughing by sharing his own journey with cancer. Mr. Dryden not only had to fight testicular cancer but also a malignant melanoma which was found at the back of his right eye some years later. The journey began all over again and he manages to bring laughter to others.

Mack Dryden shares his journey through comedy....

To Learn More

Testicular Cancer

Cancer of the Eye

Remember that you do not have to go through this journey alone. Find a local support group in your community or on line.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Cancer of the Liver

The liver is the organ that makes protein which is important for clotting along with other functions. It filters the blood from the digestive tract before it moves on to the rest of the body. In addition, it metabolizes drugs and detoxifies chemicals.

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer almost always occurs after cirrhosis is present.

As always, our goal is to share the journey of those who have been diagnosed with cancer as it may offer an important key for survival - hope

Jose Batto shares in great detail the uncertainty and setbacks of his journey:

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a cancerous tumor of the eye. Many people are unaware of the disease as most cancers are at the forefront in terms of raising awareness to fight the disease.

In honor of Retinoblastoma Awareness week, we focus on this rare cancer that affects the retina and is commonly diagnosed in children by ages 1-2. In the Off Broadway Play, The Day That Changed My Life shared the journey of parents whose child was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma. We will be focusing on the disease in depth as we want to be a part of bringing awareness to the disease. Although it is a rare form of cancer, for the parent whose child has the disease, it becomes an added challenge that at times can be painful to think of the child's future and what lies ahead.

Learn more about Retinoblastoma

Here's Gracie's Journey:

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer is a cancer of the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube that moves the food from the mouth to the stomach. While the main goal is to remove the cancer through surgery, some treatments includes chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of both.

Keep in mind each journey is different and these features are not endorsements of any medical facility, physician or course of treatment. Our best effort is to give you hope as you listen to those who have faced the disease and survived:

Bart Frazzitta

Nick Koulouvaris shares his incredible journey:

Ken Papini