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Walkers Stay Strong on Day 2

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Elissa Bantug, breast cancer survivor and blogger, is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C.  This is Day 2 of updates and photos.  She's almost there, so cheer her on! Elissa's Updates: 6:22 AM  The sun is raising over Wellness Village.  It was a chilly night for the campers.  Many are(...)

Walk 40 Miles in My Shoes

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This weekend, blogger and breast cancer survivor Elissa Bantug is walking nearly 40 miles in Washington, D.C. at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  She's there with survivors, friends, family and others sharing their support.  Stay tuned to see updates and photos from Elissa at the event. Saturday, April 30, 2011: Updates from Elissa at the Avon(...)

Communicating Cancer Messages

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I'm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this week attending the annual meeting of Cancer Center public affairs, marketing and development professionals.  There are more than 200 of us gathering to discuss best practices in our fields, including communicating cancer messages to the media and general public. I'm giving a talk to professionals who are new(...)

Twenty-One Years Ago Today

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I hate April 25.  It’s the day my mother died of breast cancer, 21 years ago.  I don’t think anyone is really ever prepared to lose a parent.  I certainly wasn’t. I often think of the many milestones in my life that she missed. Much has changed since then, particularly in the field of cancer(...)

Kimmel Quotables

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Who are the heroes in your life? The Daily Record chose Laurie Bryant, R.N. as their Health Care Hero.  Sharon Krumm, our director of nursing had the following to say about Laurie. “Laurie's passion for excellent nursing care includes psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care.  Her passion is manifested in a number of ways,(...)

Reporting from the Front Lines of Cancer

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War correspondent Leroy Sievers had seen his share of gruesome battles and war-torn lands, but this strong, tall, affable guy would be taken down not by a stray bullet, but by cancer.  It's never fair when fate deals this blow.  But Leroy used used his storytelling talent to give readers and listeners an account of this(...)

Teachable Moments

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My role as a social worker in the cancer center can be very humbling at times to say the least. Complete strangers often share their intimate feelings during their darkest times, and they allow me to support them whether it be through a hug or an action-oriented task to solve a problem. It’s an honor(...)

What’s Your Colon Cancer IQ?

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March is colon cancer awareness month. How much do you know about protecting yourself against colon cancer? As Dr. Luis Diaz of the Kimmel Cancer Center says, “No one should die from this disease.” Yet, colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US, and the 2nd leading(...)

Our Cancer blog finds a new home

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Patients, caregivers, friends, family, doctors, nurses and researchers...we're proud to introduce a new blog in the Johns Hopkins family.  The Our Cancer blog, authored by Laurie Singer Sievers and previously hosted by National Public Radio (NPR), has a new home here. Johns Hopkins is a natural landing spot for Our Cancer.  It was here that Laurie's(...)