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ALCOHOL AND CANCER
Innovations & Research
Bottom’s Down

Despite being a risk factor for cancer, alcohol consumption remains high among cancer fighters and survivors according to a new study, worrying many in the medical field.

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KELSEY BUCCI BREAST CANCER
(Y)our Stories
Finding Beauty Through the Battle

As a military wife, Kelsey Bucci is well versed in leaning into the unknown, and her unexpected breast cancer diagnosis was no exception. Through takeaways from her own fight, she’s now helping warriors everywhere feel beautiful and safe.

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MELISSA MULLAMPHY
(Y)our Stories
cW Library: Fall 2022

In her new memoir, “Not in Vain, A Promise Kept,” Melissa Mullamphy chronicles her experience as caregiver following her mother’s cancer diagnosis — a time marked by misdiagnosis, difficult treatments and inept doctors — and provides real-life details for how to advocate for yourself or your loved ones amidst a cancer diagnosis.

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Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solution: Spring 2023 (Brought to You by Stage)

Stage is on a mission to empower the breast cancer community with knowledge, confidence and style. When their founder, Virginia Carnesale, learned about the harmful toxins in most beauty products after receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, she was shocked at how difficult it was to find products that were free of the most concerning ingredients — like endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. With Stage, Carnesale provides a curated selection of high-performing skincare, haircare and cosmetics to help take the guesswork out of switching to clean beauty.

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WINE PESTICIDES
Innovations & Research
For the Good of the Grape

You try to do the right thing and buy organic fruits and vegetables, but there might be one place pesticides hide in secret: your wine rack.

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BIAN
(Y)our Stories
On the Way to Wellness

Robb Leone, president and cofounder of BIÂN, follows up with Cancer Wellness about his journey with leukemia and the many things for which he’s grateful.

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CANCER WORKOUT
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Workin’ Up a Sweat

Getting up and moving might sound daunting while in treatment, but it can lead to a big difference in how you feel both mentally and physically.

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HILARIE LOCKWOOD
Complementary Medicine
Trusting Your Gut

By learning to fully follow her intuition and listen to her body, yogi Hilaire Lockwood was able to find peace amid chaos.

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SUPER CLEAN FALL
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Fall 2021

There’s no such thing as being too prepared for winter! Soak up self-care with a splash of summer when using these beauty picks that’ll leave your skin and hair hydrated and hopeful.

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PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Clean Beauty
Check the Label

Sun safe this summer by slathering on the ‘screen. Both mineral and chemical sunscreens protect the skin from sunburn, but is one better than the other?

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REGULAR EXERCISE
Breast Cancer
Breaking a Sweat

A regular exercise routine can mean better treatment outcomes and reduced risk of recurrence, but how exactly does exercise manifest in the body?

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Fashion
Loungewear for a Cause

AnaOno and Lori Goldstein’s new collaboration features a collection of loungewear and intimates raising money to eradicate triple-negative breast cancer for good.

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TNBC DAY
Breast Cancer
A Triple Amazing Cause

If you’re looking to get fitted while supporting a good cause, the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation has just the swag for you.

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CTCL
Lymphoma
Flaming Red

After years of struggling with itchiness & pain from heat and sun, Lauren Adilev finally received a diagnosis: the incredibly rare cancer CTCL.

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TOUGH CANCER
(Y)our Stories
When the Going Gets Tough

“Tough,” a collection of essays curated by breast cancer thriver Marquina Iliev-Piselli, acts as an everyday survival guide for those undergoing cancer treatment.

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MAYA FELLER
Nutrition
A Dietetic Disparity

BIPOC communities are systemically burdened with limited health resources while provided an abundance of items that negatively impact their wellbeing. Registered dietician and nutritionist Maya Feller shares what this could mean for cancer risks, and how nutrition and wellness can be approached differently—and better.

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SUMMER READING
Breast Cancer
The cW Library: Summer 2021

From losing a husband to losing a routine, issue 11’s bookshelf features tales from supporters and warriors alike that can help you make sense of a new identity.

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MELISSA BERRY CANCER FASHIONISTA
(Y)our Stories
The Anna Wintour of Cancer

Melissa Berry founded Cancer Fashionista as a fashion and lifestyle resource for women diagnosed with cancer, dispensing fun and friendship for women when they need it most.

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CW LIBRARY
Breast Cancer
The cW Library

Acclaimed poet Anne Boyer’s new memoir documenting her experience in treatment for breast cancer will break your heart but leave you wanting more.

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JULIE BACH
Mind & Body
A Touch of Compassion

Wellness for Cancer founder Julie Bach travels around the world to make spas and wellness facilities more accessible to people with cancer.

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the blonde cherie
(Y)our Stories
Couture Cancer

While Stacie Fleming was living out her fashion-fueled dreams in Paris, France, strange symptoms called her back to the U.S. The diagnosis? Late-stage ovarian cancer. But Stacie refused to allow cancer to consume her identity, and she used treatment sessions as an opportunity to don a show-stopping outfit and strut her stuff on the “chemo catwalk.” The results? Nurturing her creative spirit allowed her to ultimately find healing.

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FITZZ KOEHLER
Breast Cancer
Running for Her Life

In her new book, professional race announcer and fitness innovator Fitz Koehler shares the laughs and tears of her breast cancer journey for other warriors.

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CANCER COACH
Ask the Cancer Coach
Ask the Cancer Coach

In this issue’s column, cW’s resident cancer coach Mirela Kopier explores the necessity of caring for yourself while caring for others.

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CARE+WEAR
Fashion
Handle with Care

The team behind Care+Wear, who make adaptive clothing, consider themselves part of a “for-purpose company,” collaborating with nonprofits and fostering a give-back program that buttons every hole in the fashion world.

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HEAD SCARVES
Fashion
Head Scarves

You never had a choice in your diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean your style must go out the window.

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FASHION FIGHTS CANCER
Fashion
Dressed to Heal

From photography classes to wardrobe design workshops, nonprofit Fashion Fights Cancer is sprucing up the healing process through trendsetting initiatives.

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ALEXANDRIA YONKMAN
Brain Cancer
Crowns of Courage

Created in the fall of 2016 by photographer Dave Burgess with henna artists Amanda Gilbert and Steve Stone, Crowns of Courage was displayed at ArtPrize 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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STITCH+HEART
Fashion
Heart + Sole

Upstart Chicago-based clothing company Stitch + Heart customizes the fit and charitable donations of its customers.

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GLASSES EASY ON THE EYES
Fashion
Easy on the Eyes

Everyday Runway columnist Melissa Berry sets her sights on stylish specs that won’t break the bank post-treatment.

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IPA CANCER
Complementary Medicine
Hop to It

IPAs or lagers, stouts or saisons—all your favorite beers lend their distinct flavors to the hop plant, but new research from Oregon State University suggests hops can play an important role in fighting cancer.

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WELLNESS ON THE GO
Mind & Body
Wellness on the Go

Your wellness routine shouldn’t weigh you down. When traveling, dive into your inner wellspring of wellness to stay grounded away from home.

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THROWBACKS
Fashion
Throwback Comebacks

Some things never go out of style. Everyday Runway’s Melissa Berry shares fashion must haves for a fresh take on relaxed vintage trends.

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CANCER FASHIONISTA
Fashion
Take Care, Hair

In the latest Everyday Runway, discover accessories that’ll help you embrace awkward hair days during treatment.

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HOSPITAL BAG
Guidance From Experts & Survivors
Pack It Up

Stay prepared for your next visit with the doc with these 10 must-have hospital bag items that’ll keep you comfortably content.

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SOCIAL MEDIA BEAUTY STANDARDS
Clean Beauty
Stop Fueling Self-Doubt

Social media empowers and connects us to our community but can also reinforce societal beauty standards and pressures that perpetuate self-doubt.

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D'LASHES
Breast Cancer
Lashing Out

From working out of her New York City apartment to opening two brick-and-mortar lash spas in sunny LA, celebrity lash expert Dionne Phillips is now using her platform to share her experience with breast cancer to inform and empower others.

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HERBS FOR CANCER
Nutrition
Herbs for Cancer

Tasty and easy to grow at home, these are some of Cancer Wellness Magazine’s favorite medicinal herbs to fight and reduce cancer tumor growth.

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sleep tips
Complementary Medicine
A Good Night’s Rest

When going through cancer treatment, catching some Z’s is more important than ever—but it’s not always easy.

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getting hot
Coping Strategies & Techniques
It’s Getting Hot in Here

In August’s Everyday Runway column, Melissa Berry shares with readers her “Menopause Survival Kit” and the items she uses to beat the heat!

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PLASTIC SURGERY
Clean Beauty
Under the Knife

The Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery and the Med Spa sets itself apart from plastic surgery clinics by offering reconstructive surgeries for those in treatment or recovering from cancer. 

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FALL FASHION
Fashion
Fall’s Got It All

Everyday Runway columnist Melissa Berry combines practical and popular to bring you a roundup of fall fits that’ll warm up your wardrobe.

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RECOVER
Breast Cancer
Got You Covered

In this month’s Everyday Runway column, Melissa Berry shares her favorite items in her “Ultimate Post-Mastectomy Survival Kit” so readers can look and feel their best all day!

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DR KAREN WONDER
Complementary Medicine
Setting the Standard

Founder and CEO of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance Dr. Karen Wonders stresses the importance of exercise becoming an accessible part of the national standard of care for cancer.

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PSYCHEDELIC SERIES
(Y)our Stories
The Psychedelic Series

Part one of cW’s Psychedelic Series examines the history of research into psychedelic drugs in the United States and considers why psychedelic therapy may be an ideal option to help relieve some cancer patients’ end-of-life depression and anxiety.

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MELISSA BERRY
Breast Cancer
Introducing … Everyday Runway

Beauty doesn’t have to go on the backburner while living with cancer. In her new cW column, Cancer Fashionista creator Melissa Berry provides a one-stop shop for warriors seeking style.

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ANGELA PEREZ
Mind & Body
The Right to Work

When Angela Perez was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, knowing her rights allowed her to navigate the workplace and remain productive.

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(Y)our Stories
The A-List Treatment

Cancer-free for almost 16 years, GiGi Sturgis was scared for her life when her acute myeloid leukemia came back. But after befriending stylist-to-the-stars Raquel Smith, GiGi was treated to a celebrity makeover which helped put her back on the path to living happily and healthily.

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BELLINA JEWELRY
(Y)our Stories
A Labor of Love

Jewelry designer Bella Caetano, owner of Bellina Caetano, is committed to creating products abundant with meaning. So when a Bellina Caetano x Cancer Wellness collab for warriors, thrivers and supporters was proposed, the decision was crystal clear.

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FLAVIA MOYLAN CANCER AND FOOD
(Y)our Stories
The Cooking Cure

When Flavia Moylan’s son Joe was diagnosed with cancer, she used the food he ate—and not just the medicine he was given—to help him fight the sickness from within.

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THE BROW MAVEN
Clean Beauty
Face Forward

Nicknamed “The Brow Maven,” Constance Latham of Maven Esthetics has become the go-to master of microblading for cancer fighters and survivors.

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SONYA KESHWANI
Breast Cancer
A ‘Style’ Is Born

Unsatisfied with wigs, Sonya Keshwani of StyleEsteem created a new style of headwraps that are as stylish as they are functional.

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PLANT HEALING CANCER
Complementary Medicine
Horticultural Healing

Can a dose of gardening help your recovery? Horticultural therapists think so. Here’s the dirt on the power of plants.

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Essays
In Sickness and in Health

Honeymoon Wife, Newlywed Wife, Cancer Wife. Debut Cancer Wellness monthly columnist Jessica Walker shares what she felt when she took on all three roles at once.

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FITNESS TRACKER
Coping Strategies & Techniques
One Step at a Time

If you didn’t log your workout, did you even break a sweat? We’ve rounded up our favorite fitness trackers based on battery life, features, and aesthetics.

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artists of the cancer community
(Y)our Stories
Artists of the Cancer Community

These six artists have all been touched by cancer — as supporters, survivors or thrivers. Here, they share creative works inspired by the cancer experience, each one utterly unique but with a shared message of perseverance and hope.

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AMEON PRODUCTS
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Summer 2022

If you’re ready to invest in a skin transformation, look no further than AMEŌN. Inspired by a mind-body-planet connection, these products are powered with cryo-science and positivity so you can glow about your day!

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LALBAGH GLASSHOUSE
Complementary Medicine
Stay and Play in … Bengaluru, India

Bengaluru, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is a teeming metropolis with a friendly soul, featuring good food, stunning cultural delights, and high-tech hospitals, making it an attractive medical tourism destination.

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DEAN HALL CANCER
Leukemia
Ripple Effect

Grief, illness and purpose led to two-time cancer warrior Dean Hall diving into the swim of a lifetime. He ended up making history.

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GRILLED PEACHES
Nutrition
Hungry for Summer

These cancer-fighting recipes from our resident nutritionist nourish your body and help you glow from within.

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NYBLLS AND BITES
Breast Cancer
Nyblls and Bites

Kristen Thibeault, founder and CEO of corporate catering company Nybll, provides plant-focused, healthy meals that follow a cooking philosophy influenced by her own cancer diagnosis and recovery.

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CHILDHOOD CANCER ART THERAPY
(Y)our Stories
Sweet Child of Mine

For children dealing with a world of uncertainty, art can be a useful and comforting way to induce mindfulness and joy.

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LOLITA FRAZIER CANCER
Breast Cancer
Runway Therapy

Former model, runway trainer and confidence coach Lolita Frazier channeled her own pain to create Strut Talk. Now, people from all walks of life, including cancer warriors and thrivers, can learn how to strut through life’s most difficult challenges.

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MELANOMA
Ask the Doctor
Ask the Doctor: Anisha Patel, MD

With summer in full swing, Anisha Patel, MD—a board-certified dermatologist at MD Anderson, a dermatopathologist at McGovern Medical School and a member of the American Academy—is here to answer all of your “burning” questions about melanoma risk in men.

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FIFI MAHONY WIGS
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Wigging Out

Cancer survivors can find comfort, style and custom coiffures in the Crescent City at Fifi Mahony’s.

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LIVESTRONG YMCA
(Y)our Stories
Moving Beyond Cancer

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free program, operating in 42 states, that helps cancer survivors find and maintain an active lifestyle.

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Nutrition
Kitchen Warrior

Rebecca Katz, the blogger and a Chef Emeritus at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, is on a mission to prove healthy food is more than just a hippie philosophy. Here, she shares her insight and three of her essential recipes.

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MASKS
Mind & Body
The Masks We Wear

We’re growing accustomed to donning physical face masks for good reason, but the metaphorical ones we carry may end up restricting our truest – and best – selves.

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SELF-CARE STYLE
Fashion
Self-Care With Style

There’s no question about it—you deserve some self-care and self-indulgence after the past year! Everyday Runway columnist Melissa Berry shares her top picks of the “treat yourself” variety worth your coin this season.

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COPING WITH CANCER
Complementary Medicine
The Courage to Explore

The key to answering life’s greatest questions resides within yourself, but you must first learn how to access this internal well.

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MALECARE
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Helping All of Us

Malecare provides support services for people with prostate cancer, but their programs for underserved communities are what make this nonprofit stand out from the rest.

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cancer coach
Ask the Cancer Coach
What Comes Next

Cancer coach Mirela Kopier emphasizes why it’s crucial for men to take charge of their health and how starting may be easier than you think.

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yoga
Complementary Medicine
Stretch It Out

Yoga, a popular form of exercise focusing on breathwork through a series of postures or stretches, is gaining acceptance in western medicine as a way to relieve the mental, emotional and physical side effects of cancer treatment.

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Sharon Brock Lovee
(Y)our Stories
Guided by LOVEE

Breast cancer warrior and mindfulness facilitator Sharon Brock shares how her “LOVEE Method” inspired resilience throughout her own diagnosis and treatment.

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ARC
Clean Beauty
Cool, Calm & Collected

Thergy, a “cancer care solutions” brand, has revolutionized radiation and chemotherapy treatment with the introduction of ARC, their skin-saving solution.

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DR KORDAI DECOTEAU
Breast Cancer
A Style of Mind

Never underestimate the power of a good outfit—or skincare routine or diet. Dr. Kordai DeCoteau believes style is more than just your clothing, and she’s helping warriors look their best to feel their best.

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MARZOUK
Coping Strategies & Techniques
The cW Library: Issue 5

This season’s shelf features international reads, including a beautifully lyrical memoir translated from French, the work of a recently deceased Canadian poet, and an investigation into the poisoning of U.S. soldiers and civilians abroad during the “War on Terror.”

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Breast Cancer
Setting the Stage

After Virginia Carnesale’s breast cancer diagnosis, she was surprised by how little information was available for health and beauty products that could help warriors and thrivers through treatment. Resolving to do something about it, she founded Stage — an online platform celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.

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EPIGENETICS
Clean Beauty
Skintight Genes

Want clear skin? Epigenetics—the study of controlling gene expression—is no longer just for the cancer research world.

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BRAS
Breast Cancer
Down to the Wire

Why are underwire bras generally a no-go after breast reconstruction? Everyday Runway’s Melissa Berry searches for the answer while spotlighting some wire-free options for your next shopping spree.

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SUPER CLEAN SUMMER
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Summer 2021

Maximum hydration and relaxation? Yes, please! With organic ingredients thoughtfully included in all product picks, the only thing you’ll have to worry about this summer when using these everyday essentials is feeling too good.

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JANESI COMFORT
Fashion
Haute Meets Hospital

After his wife’s sudden illness and death, photographer Mike McGregor launched Janesi Comfort, a new line of luxury robes and blankets adding a high-end touch to the hospital experience.

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CANCER TATTOO
Breast Cancer
Leaving a Mark

Tattooing is no longer just a way to express yourself. Paramedical tattoo artists like Elsa Milani are rethinking ink as a means to help cancer thrivers love their bodies.

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EVERYDAY RUNWAY
Breast Cancer
Out With the Old

Melissa Berry of Cancer Fashionista shows us how a simple staple item can refresh your closet post-cancer treatment.

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DANIEL MULROONEY ST JUDES
Ask the Doctor
Ask the Doctor

Dr. Daniel Mulrooney of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee answers your questions about childhood cancer and survivorship.

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HAVE HOPE
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Have Hope

Rethinking the discourse regarding hope among doctors and patients alike could make a vital difference in warriors’ quality of life.

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MANDI CHAMBLESS
(Y)our Stories
cW Slice of Life: “Tomorrow I’ll Know”

In this new series called cW: Slices of Life, check out the journeys of cancer warriors who are taking things day by day. Read on for the first in a three-part story titled “Tomorrow I’ll Know” by Mandi Chambless.

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LUXXE|HONOR
Clean Beauty
With Love and Honor

LUXXE|HONOR founder Jennifer Del Giudice’s mission is to provide access to safe and nontoxic skincare products and services to help others live a safe, peaceful and healthy life.

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PANDEMIC PEACE
Breast Cancer
Finding Peace in a Pandemic

With the arrival of COVID-19 comes bouts of uncertainty, but a lot can be learned from warriors’ experiences with cancer and channeling resilience.

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KALE CHIPS
Nutrition
Easy Does It

These straightforward but hearty recipes are a simple, quick way to keep your stomach happy and healthy while on the go.

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INTERMITTENT FASTING
Breast Cancer
Time to Eat

Intermittent fasting (IF) has been proven to affect glucoregulation, inflammation, obesity, and sleep—all of which can decrease breast cancer risk. But how exactly does it work?

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Fashion
Gracefully Bold

Megan Sullivan, founder of With Grace B. Bold, designs elegant, fashion-forward garments that are made to help women feel beautiful and comfortable during a difficult time.

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WHITE MYSTERY
Fashion
Cool for the Summer

Sun safety involves more than just sunscreen. We selected some of the best looks of the season from our favorite UPD 50+ protection brands.

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sophie tsairis
(Y)our Stories
In Heaviness and Light

Sophie Tsairis’ doctors warned that her childhood cancer treatment could lead to early menopause, but every passing decade pushed this fact further from her mind. That is, until her early thirties, when she was forced to confront the reason behind a body and mind she was struggling to recognize.

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SUPER CLEAN SOLUTIONS
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions

While your personal medicine cabinet may be a haven for clean beauty goodies, shouldn’t your whole family enjoy the benefits of non-toxic products, too? We’ve gathered our favorite clean-beauty all stars that are safe for the whole family, from the grandparents to the grandchildren.

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Clean Beauty
The Way I See Her Now

When cancer waylays her grandmother’s self-care routine, Ashley Jones learns a new way to express her love and appreciation.

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SHANNA SHRUM
(Y)our Stories
The Life of the Party

Cancer Wellness’ resident meditation guide Shanna Shrum talks to us about her personal practice, what she hopes to share with clients, and how meditation can truly change one’s life for the better.

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LOGO BY LORI GOLDSTEIN
(Y)our Stories
Anything Goes With Everything

In March’s A Common Thread column, Melissa Berry chats with Lori Goldstein, founder of LOGO by Lori Goldstein, about her clothing line and the amazing work she does for breast cancer.

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SUPER CLEAN WINTER
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Winter 2023

With a mission to provide safe, natural relief for people with cancer, Dermavitality’s focus is to develop effective and affordable skin care through plant power and peer-reviewed research.

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CANNABIS BAKERIES
Complementary Medicine
Buzzed & Baked

If you’re looking for something beyond a simple sugar high, cannabis confections have you covered.

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meditation apps
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Pocket Meditation

Our list of the best meditation apps on the market to offer clarity and calm amidst a cancer diagnosis.

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SEX AND CANCER
Mind & Body
Bringing Sexy Back

Getting in the mood can be difficult after treatment, but it doesn’t need to be. Slow and steady steps in rediscovering your sexuality can make all the difference.

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TOMMY WALKER CANCER
Essays
In Between the Tough Stuff

As newlyweds, Jessica Walker and her husband Tommy were blindsided by Tommy’s cancer diagnosis, but through treatments and recurrences, Jessica learned cancer doesn’t have to control their whole story.

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Kathy Hren
(Y)our Stories
The Gift of Time

Kathy Hren has been a stage IV, ALK-positive lung cancer warrior for almost 12 years. Through life-prolonging medicine and art therapy in the form of quilting, she has been able to live a life she is grateful for.

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chiara
Clean Beauty
Below the Surface

Survivors dive deep into healing through the ethereal magic of Erena Shimoda’s underwater photography.

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TRUE NORTH MEDITATION
Complementary Medicine
Finding True North

In her new column, artist and holistic teacher Liz Tuckwell shares her secrets for releasing pent-up energy.

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CANCER MEAL DELIVERY
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Order Up

These meal delivery services provide fresh and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinners specifically formulated for people undergoing cancer treatment.

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IMERMAN ANGELS
Ask the Cancer Coach
What Comes Next?

After meticulous routines and strict schedules, the independence of survivorship may feel intimidating. Cancer coaches can help you tackle life’s new chapter in your own way.

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sonya keshwani
Fashion
A Fashionista and a Turbanista

Melissa Berry sits down with Sonya Keshwani, creator of Style Esteem Wardrobe, to chat about how she turned her breast cancer journey into a collection of fashionable hair accessories fit for all cancer warriors, thrivers or anyone looking to try something new.

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JONNY COFFMAN
Nutrition
cW Chat: Jonny Coffman

After surviving a terminal melanoma diagnosis, Goose Island Beer Company ambassador Jonny Coffman shares the story of brewing a beer inspired by his lost palate and how it’s now raising thousands of dollars for cancer warriors.

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THE POWER OF PLAY
Coping Strategies & Techniques
The Power of Play

Playtime isn’t just for kids. Making an effort to have some fun each day can expand your emotional and creative intelligence—and encourage you to live life a little more freely, too.

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FEMTECH EZBRA
Breast Cancer
Easy Bra, Easy Recover

FemTech entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Efrat Roman’s EZbra helps breast cancer thrivers “recover with dignity.”

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true north trek
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Trekking North

One young adult cancer survivor recounts her experience exploring the wilderness to find healing through connecting with nature and other survivors.

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cW online
(Y)our Stories
cW Online

Our supporters are our biggest allies. Over on our Instagram @cancerwellmag, we asked questions about how to show support to yourself and your loved ones through a cancer diagnosis. Read on for some thoughts from our followers.

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A TENDER TOUCH
(Y)our Stories
A Tender Touch

We hold the power to help heal in our hands. Physical touch can act as a healing modality to help people with cancer feel supported and loved while reducing stress and anxiety.

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GOING FLAT
(Y)our Stories
Going Flat

In our new portrait series, we capture the beauty of the New Cancer Community.

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ask the warriors
Guidance From Experts & Survivors
Ask the Warriors

On Instagram (@cancerwellmag), we asked, “What do you wish your doctors understood about the cancer journey?” Read on for answers from the cW community!

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Lida Sherafatmand
Coping Strategies & Techniques
State of the Art

Health care settings with meaningful artwork have reported improved patient experiences. Iranian painter Lida Sherafatmand is working to ensure that such settings become the norm.

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CANCER TATTOOS
Breast Cancer
Beauty Marks

Not all tattoos have meaning behind them, but these do. In cW’s newest portrait series, five women show off their ink that pays tribute to an array of cancer journeys, including their own.

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SPA DAY
Coping Strategies & Techniques
A Day at the Spa

Cancer warriors and thrivers were treated to a virtual spa day courtesy of Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan Center for Health and Wellness, featuring meditation, yoga, music and more.

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CHEMO SKIN CARE
Clean Beauty
What’s in Your Toiletry Bag?

If rounds of chemotherapy have left your skin dry and itchy, it’s time to pamper yourself, but are your go-to skin-care products doing more harm than good?

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MICHELLE SEGAR
(Y)our Stories
cW Library: Winter 2023

Michelle Segar, a researcher and health coach, offers insight about sustainable behavior changes in her latest book, “The Joy Choice.”

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JILL MEYER LIPPERT
Ask the Doctor
Best Tooth Forward

Through her company, Side Effect Support, Jill Meyer-Lippert, raises awareness about the importance of dental health while being treated for cancer, and offers resources to help manage short-term side effects and long-term oral health.

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NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Nutrition
No Booze, No Problem

We’ve rounded up worthy substitutes for your go-to drink choices, from beer to rosé, that have zero—yes, zero—alcohol.

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SLICE OF LIFE
(Y)our Stories
cW Slice of Life: Today I’ll Know

Part two of the cW Slice of Life essay series, Part Two of Mandi Chambless’ “Tomorrow I’ll Know” takes readers through her cancer journey, exploring the fears that seem insurmountable, the grief of losing sight of past selves and the anxieties of not knowing what is to come — emotions that are real, raw and deserving of recognition.

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JUMP AROUND
Fashion
Jump Around!

Minimal preparation needed, flowy silhouettes and pockets? It sounds too good to be true, but jumpsuits are a wardrobe staple for a reason. Everyday Runway columnist Melissa Berry breaks down this summer’s must-have jumpsuit picks to make your season styling a breeze.

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Fashion
Sweater Weather

Maximize comfy and cozy feels with Everyday Runway’s Melissa Berry’s fave sweater selections this fall season. Whether you need a trendy piece to go out on the town in or a laid-back staple for curling up on the couch, this list has it all.

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ginnie baldridge
(Y)our Stories
cW Slice of Life: Now I Know

Part Three of Mandi Chambless’ “Tomorrow I’ll Know” finds Mandi at the doctor’s office — tense and anxious beyond belief, waiting for test results for her latest ovarian cancer screening. Could her biggest fear be coming true? Are her recent symptoms a result of cancer recurrence, or are her anxieties getting the best of her? 

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KITS TO HEART
(Y)our Stories
Special Delivery

Share the love or treat yourself with this roundup of care packages that curate thoughtful goodies with cancer warriors in mind.

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JESSICA WALKER
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Advice for the Road Ahead

In her latest column, Jessica Walker offers five tips for the newly diagnosed who may feel completely overwhelmed about the journey before them.

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ratatoullie
Recipes
cW Recipes: Crock-Pot Ratatouille

“From the soil to our plants and everything in between, how we grow our food is quite critical,” registered dietician and farmer Diana Dyer told us earlier this year. 

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JILLIAN RESZO LASH RX
Clean Beauty
Lash Rx

In this month’s “Everyday Runway,” columnist Melissa Berry explores the dos and don’ts of looking after your lovely lashes post-treatment.

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COVID 19 CANCER
Mind & Body
At Wits’ End

Having difficulty coping with the mental toll of COVID-19? You’re not alone. Research has found that warriors’ psychosocial needs aren’t being adequately addressed during the pandemic.

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CANCER ART THERAPY
(Y)our Stories
No Words Needed

Knowing exactly what to say or how to say it when talking about your own diagnosis isn’t always possible. When you just can’t seem to find the words, art therapy gives you a canvas.

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BIBLIOTHERAPY
Coping Strategies & Techniques
The Beauty of Bibliotherapy

When you’re a parent diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard to find the words when discussing it with your children. Luckily, there’s age-appropriate books that know all the right things to say.

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PERSONAL INK
Breast Cancer
Pretty in Ink

Personal Ink, a program created by nonprofit Fuck Cancer, empowers women to reclaim their bodies post-mastectomy.

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SUPER CLEAN WINTER
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Winter 2022

Winter months are tough on your skin, especially during and after treatment. You’ll be in good—and soft—hands with these five clean product picks perfect for returning moisture to the face and body!

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SUPER CLEAN SOLUTIONS
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions

This season is all about the sun—and properly protecting yourself from it’s inviting yet harmful rays. Check out some of our favorite clean & green beauty products to keep your skin in tip-top shape.

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GOURDS
Nutrition
Recipes: Life is Gourd

Allow the flavors of fall to ease you into this season. These anti-inflammatory dishes balance out the sweet, the savory, the acid and the spice and will have your friends and family feeling the love.

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DIETS
Nutrition
Eat Well to Live Well

Low-sugar, high-carb, high-fat, no-fat—there are many ways to adopt healthier eating habits. Here, we’ve rounded up popular diets to complement cancer treatment regimens.

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THE ABILITY CENTER
(Y)our Stories
A More Level Playing Field

Under the direction of founder Damian Buchman, Milwaukee nonprofit The Ability Center provides inclusive play opportunities for people of all abilities while changing the conversation around accessibility and inclusivity entirely.

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Miranda Mckeon
(Y)our Stories
One in a Million

Actress Miranda McKeon uses her social media platform to encourage open and honest discussions about the mental and physical aspects of cancer, breaking stigmas about breast cancer and demystifying a diagnosis to her loyal followers, which number more than a million.

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CANCER ON THE SCREEN
Mind & Body
The Big C on the Big Screen

We asked, you answered! The cancer community gives perspective on the portrayal of cancer in movies and television, and all the things they wish the media knew about the journey.

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CHICAGO MILLINERS
Fashion
Milliner Magic

Cancer Wellness visited three of Chicago’s finest milliners who provide the cancer community and beyond with fashionable alternatives to scarves and wigs.

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BOOBIE CROWNS
(Y)our Stories
Boobie Queens

Breast cancer warriors can find extra support through Boobie Crowns, an organization with an unconventional way of making you feel like royalty.

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GRAINS
Nutrition
Grains for Cancer

Want to decrease your risk of cancer? Make pasta night a little more interesting by swapping white-flour products with nutritious whole grains.

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OUT WITH THE OLD
Fashion
Out With the Old

Everyday Runway’s Melissa Berry will have you looking chic for your NYE countdown with easy-to-wear silhouettes that keep the cancer warrior in mind.

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SOUND THERAPY
Complementary Medicine
The Sound Solution

The ancient practice of sound therapy, or gong meditation, has long been a tool in East and Southeast Asia. Now, practitioners and researchers across the globe are embracing its benefits, too.

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ERICA LANGLEY
(Y)our Stories
(Re)Building the Body

Erica Langley’s breast cancer diagnosis came just weeks before her first bodybuilding competition. With no family history of cancer and a sparkling record of clean living, she was blindsided by her diagnosis. But she would soon find her physical and mental strength — honed during rigorous training — would be an asset during treatment and help her come back stronger than ever.

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Alina Mehrle
(Y)our Stories
Beauty By Design

Alina Mehrle was busy building an empire when she was diagnosed with aggressive triple-positive breast cancer. But it was her cancer journey that would go on to inspire an entirely new pursuit — the much-loved and award-winning skincare brand AMEŌN.

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CHRIS-TIA DONALDSON
(Y)our Stories
It’s Only Natural

Two breast cancer diagnoses in her 30s have not stopped Chris-Tia Donaldson, lawyer and founder of natural hair care brand Thank God It’s Natural, from living her best life in the present.

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CW PLAYLIST MELLOW
Mind & Body
cW Playlist: Issue 12 – Mellow

Light a candle, grab the weighted blanket and settle into your coziest corner because it’s time to chill out! Issue 12’s tracklist features meditative melodies perfect to kick back and relax with.

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CW LIBRARY
Mind & Body
The cW Library: Issue 3

Doctor, drug company executive, and medical reporter Mike Magee brings his talents to the literary world with an eye-opening exposé of the atrocities within the American health care system.

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CACHEXIA
Complementary Medicine
Zero Waste

Confronting cachexia, the “wasting syndrome” seen in many cancer cases, may become easier with promising new drug development.

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ASK THE CANCER COACH
Ask the Cancer Coach
What Comes Next – Spring 2021

In this issue’s column, cW’s resident cancer coach Mirela Kopier explores the importance of living well and being your own advocate beyond conventional means.

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BRANDS ADAPTING
Fashion
Adapt Your Style

The global adaptive apparel market will reach $288.7 billion this year. Now, brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and Zappos have entered the market with fashionable and functionable designs to tap into this emerging trend.

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Lymphoma
The cW Library: Issue 2

Her job is stressful, her marriage is on the rocks, and she’s just been diagnosed with lymphoma. “Wait, It Gets Worse” tackles the tough stuff with clear-eyed honesty and an unrelenting sense of humor.

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PICTURE PERFECT
Coping Strategies & Techniques
Picture Perfect

Say cheese! Cancer survivors find healing lies within the frame through the Framed Portrait Experience.

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LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER
Clean Beauty
Looking Good, Feeling Better

Look Good Feel Better, a free program dedicated to helping participants with managing the appearance-related effects of cancer, is providing renewed hope and confidence to warriors everywhere.

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Livia Boutique Breast Cancer
(Y)our Stories
Livia, Laugh, Love

Marbled walls, glowing white shelves and splashes of pink throughout make Livia Boutique a picture of modern elegance. Featuring products uniquely tailored to the cancer experience, this safe space in the heart of New York City offers breast cancer warriors and thrivers a way to connect, relax and support each other throughout their journeys.

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VITAMINS SUPPLEMENTS CANCER
Complementary Medicine
Well and Not So Good

While vitamin and supplement use has become trendier than ever, research shows nutrients in capsule or powdered form are still no match for a healthy diet—and may even cause more harm than good for people with cancer.

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EDDIE GOLDBERG PERLIS
Complementary Medicine
The Healing Power of Touch

Eddie Goldberg Perlis, LMT, CMLDT, founder of Massage 4 Inner Peace, has been practicing oncology massage for almost a decade—even before receiving her own ovarian cancer diagnosis.

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JESSICA WALKER
Essays
The Middle of the Storm

After running herself ragged, trying to be the “perfect” caregiver, Jessica Walker realized she was not only doing herself a disservice, but her husband, too.

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PLAYLIST SELFHOOD
Mind & Body
cW Playlist: Issue 13 – Selfhood

One of the best things you can do during the cancer journey is become your own biggest supporter. Issue 13’s tracklist provides all the inspo for the sweet solace of self-love.

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MAISHA WYNN
Mind & Body
A Wynn-Wynn Situation

Maisha Wynn took back her life by adopting a vegan lifestyle and dropping more than 120 pounds. Now, she shares her healthy habits to help others visualize their goals and write their own success stories.

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LONELY HEARTS
Coping Strategies & Techniques
The Lonely Hearts Club

You probably won’t die from a broken heart, but a new study finds it could contribute to a future cancer diagnosis.

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TOUR DE PINK
Breast Cancer
Reason to Ride

Young Survival Coalition’s Tour de Pink raises funds for young adult breast cancer support.

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SUPER CLEAN SOLUTIONS
Clean Beauty
Super Clean Solutions: Fall 2020

Whether you’re hibernating or embracing the chill, there’s no need to fret fall’s cooldown with these hot beauty finds that’ll keep you glowing all season long.

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CLEAN BEAUTY
Clean Beauty
Restoring Beauty

Becky Kuehn wears many hats: licensed master esthetician and cosmetologist, hope coach, holistic cancer educator, and founder and president of the International Society of Oncology Estheticians and Allied Professionals. But most importantly, she is a cancer survivor. Her own experiences color the type of attention and care she gives her patients, making her a perfect resource to share how the beauty industry can help those with cancer.

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GUIDED IMAGERY
Complementary Medicine
Calling on Calm

With growing research on its merit for active cancer warriors, guided imagery offers a good excuse to stretch your mental muscles while reaping physical and emotional benefits.

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