Thursday, January 12, 2012

Guest Post- Advice for Cancer Patients and Survivors

NOTE:  I lost my mother to cancer in 2001.  My step-mother just finished a grueling chemo and radiation treatment, and while the tumor is gone, she is still fighting hard to recover from the battle.  When David reached out to me asking if I would be interested in hosting this guest post with advice on battling cancer, I was touched that someone is working so proactively to help reach out to patients, caregivers, and - most importantly - cancer survivors to help them kick cancer's ass.  
- Rick

How Exercise Can Provide a Better Life For Cancer Patients
by David Haas

The world can seem a bleak and desolate place for those just diagnosed with cancer, going through treatments or those in remission. Finding the strength to stay positive can feel like an impossible task, but that doesn't have to be the case. In recent studies, experts have found that cancer patients who exercise on a regular basis and avoid inactivity enjoy tremendous increases in their quality of life and energy levels.

Doctors are even going as far as calling exercise a 'wonder drug'. While there is no evidence to suggest that exercise is in anyway a cure, a study done by Macmillan Cancer Support found that the chance of recurrence or death in a breast cancer patient is reduced by 40 percent if the patient exercises for at least 150 minutes a week. For prostate cancer patients, chances of recurrence or dying are reduced by 30 percent.

Only those affected by cancer can understand the physical and mental strain that is associated with any type of cancer, so the idea of doing physical exercise can seem daunting and overwhelming. However, the type of exercise doctors are recommending doesn't have to be strenuous. Gardening or going for a brisk walk is enough to trigger the amazing benefits associated with exercise. The key is to stay active and avoid lying in bed or watching television.

While most are familiar with the health benefits associated with exercise and the ways in which it can help with disease prevention, few consider recommending it to individuals who are already suffering from disease or illnesses such as cancer. However, patients are now living longer as a result of drastically improved treatments, such as those for mesothelioma and breast cancer, which makes it important that patients have the ability to enjoy the additional time they have with their friends and loved ones.

Exercise and stretching helps to reduce the aches and pains commonly associated with certain types of cancers and treatments, making it easier for patients to get through the day. It also helps to increase energy levels and body function, which means that patients experience not only a restoration of their health but of their hope as well.

David Haas is a cancer patient advocate and the awareness program advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David researches and writes to help people going through cancer. You can find more of his writing at

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012- A Year in Review

This is my review of 2012.  That is not a typo.  I am reviewing 2012.  Everyone else is doing 2011 reviews, but those are so last year.  I want to move forward, so I commandeered a time machine and I’m happy to report back to you the monthly highlights for the coming year:

January- Some snow falls in the US.  This situation is used by many in the media as irrefutable proof that global warming is just some hippy’s pipe dream.

February- Some snow melts in the US.  This situation is used by many in the media as irrefutable proof that global warming will soon kill us all.

March- March starts a day early because a glitch in iPads and iPhones fails to account for leap year.  Things get all buggered up because two-thirds of our society cannot function without Apple products.

April- The polar ice caps melt.  This is printed on the front page of newspapers nationwide, but readership and circulation is so low nobody actually notices.

May- Bloggers take to the Internet covering the story of the melting polar ice caps, but since blogging is dying a slow death nobody actually notices.

June- Kim Kardashian wears a pair of tight-fitting yoga pants with “The Ice Caps Melted” written across the ass.  The world takes notice.

July- All summer Olympic water events are moved to the North Pole.

August- The Republican National Convention convenes in Tampa, Florida and a candidate is finally selected, ending the 436-month primary campaigns.  The losers are cannibalized by the throng of blood-thirsty delegates. Those who were not already cannibalized earlier in the year, that is. (NOTE: Whatever you do, don't eat the Santorum dip.)

September- The presidential campaign is in full swing.  Politicians on both sides compete for the biggest distortion of the truth on every minor issue.  Pertinent issues are ignored.


November- Proving the American people suck at voting, we elect a bunch of assholes who will bicker and fight and prioritize short-term political goals over the long-term stability of our country.  Which doesn’t really matter, because…

December- BOOM!  Turns out the Mayans were some smart m&^%#$@ers.