“Life is Precious” – I Survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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By John McCaig In this blog post, guest blogger John McCaig shares his story of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. With his second chance at life, John now works to spread awareness about this condition, which affects more than 200,000 Americans a year, and advocates for CPR training and availability of portable defibrillators. Cardiac arrest is … Read more>>

Making Peace with Crohn’s Disease

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By Samantha Harkins In this blog post, guest blogger Samantha Harkins shares her journey with inflammatory bowel disease, including several misdiagnoses, multiple surgeries and finally accepting that Crohn’s Disease is part of her identity. Twenty-one years ago, I was a 19-year-old college junior working at my job at the mall. Suddenly I doubled over in … Read more>>

A Day in the Life of Having Type 2 Diabetes: Stay in the Moment

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By Phyllisa Deroze In this blog post, Diabetes Advocate Phyllisa Deroze shares her story of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and how it affects her life on a daily basis. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, I was surprised, confused, and overwhelmed. My diagnosis came a week after my primary … Read more>>

Melanoma: A Warrior for Life

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By Cathy Moore In this blog post, Cathy Moore shares the journey she and her husband John travelled together after he was diagnosed with melanoma at age 47. May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma . . . The mention of that word still triggers my warrior’s instinct. My senses keen, I sit up straighter, and … Read more>>

Uterine Cancer: Why Not Me?

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In this blog post, Catherine Samargo shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for uterine cancer. She reflects upon what it was like to receive a cancer diagnosis in the midst of other family tragedies and how her mindset slowly shifted from one of victimization to one of compassion for all human beings enduring … Read more>>

A Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia

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In this blog post, Holly Clark offers her perspective on caring for loved ones suffering with dementia based on her professional experience working as a Community Manager for FirstCare Nursing Homes in Ireland and her personal experience caring for a family member dealing with the disease. By Holly Clark Hundreds of millions of people in the world … Read more>>

Celebrating Clinical Trials Awareness Week with a Google Hangout and Tweet Chat #CTAW2015 #CTAW

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Clinical Trials Awareness Week May 4-8, 2015 May 4-8, 2015 marks Clinical Trials Awareness Week, and we hope you’ll join us for a week of activities. We’re raising awareness about the need for volunteers by shining a national spotlight on the issue. An overwhelming number of clinical trials fail solely due to lack of volunteers. … Read more>>

Raising Awareness: Rare Disease Day 2015

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Rare Diseases Run the Gamut From loss of eye sight to some of the deadliest forms of cancer, people around the globe are battling conditions for which there are often no effective therapies. There is strength in numbers, and those who are diagnosed need the understanding and compassion of the rest of us. We need … Read more>>