Tips for Resting and Self Care During Chemo

When you are fighting cancer, it means that a lot of your time is spent getting treatments, such as chemo. It can also mean a lot of time being sick or in bed. This fight and the resulting symptoms can be draining not only physically, but emotionally as well. You may not even feel like …

How to Stay Positive After a Hard Diagnosis

Receiving a difficult diagnosis is scary and devastating for anyone. I’m not here to tell you that you must be positive at all times after that diagnosis. In fact, it is important to work through all of your emotions. You are not required to feel good or positive everyday. But having negative thoughts day-in and …

How to Live a Positive Life When You Live With a Disease

When your life is inexplicably altered by a disease or illness, it can be hard to stay positive. It is also hard to hear others constantly tell you to look on the bright side, especially when it can be difficult to see past all the negative feelings. However, your mental health plays an important role …

Prepare For A Cancer Battle: The Mental Fight

How to mentally prepare for cancer battle The cancer journey is one filled with many appointments, tests, prescriptions, protocols and procedures directed by the scientific method. All of this is focused on fighting a physical enemy. However, there’s an potential unseen enemy that can strike any cancer patient. That potential enemy which can affect almost …

Basic Cancer Terminology

Cancer Lingo: Basic Words To Understand When you hear the word cancer you may already feel like someone isn’t speaking English to you, and it can get worse with some of the medical jargon being thrown around, especially if you don’t have a background in healthcare or medical science. It’s important to understand what’s going …

How to Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

There’s no script that lays out all the scenarios and responses, there are a lot of different paths you can take but not all paths lead to the same place, and what’s right for one person, may not be right for another; so many clichés but all so true. Often it may seem you’re traversing …

How to Deal with a Cancer Diagnosis in the Family:

Getting a cancer diagnosis is no small thing. Everyone is different, every situation is different, and every family is different, so just remember that what works for some does not always work for everyone. A lot of people don’t know how to react or what to say when someone they know is going through a …

Greetings from Kip

Hello, my name is Lewis “Kip” Shaw, author of Hey Cancer, F**K You! and I was diagnosed with an incurable, metastatic, nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2004.    It’s regrettable that we’re becoming acquainted under these circumstances.  For patients, care givers and members of the support system I understand how overwhelming your situation is.  Being …

Have a Cancer “Action Plan”

One of the first and most fundamental “action plans” which a cancer patient must develop with their local oncologist is – What do I do when I get a fever?   At a minimum the plan should include what temperature defines a fever, what (and what dose) to take for the fever and when you are …