Walter Schaffer lives in the mountains of North Central Pennsylvania. He is a retired diesel mechanic and drove a semi-truck part time before retirement. He enjoys woodworking, reading, and gardening both vegetable and flowers. Here is Walter’s story:
SURVIVORville was back in Nashville this past weekend from Thursday, July 20th- Saturday, July 22nd. SURVIVORville is produced by the Women Survivors Alliance. This was the 5 year anniversary of the first convention.
Hair loss or alopecia is one of the most well-known side effects of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy is the most common cause of hair loss for cancer patients. Radiation can also cause hair loss in the treated area. However, not all cancer patients lose their hair.
If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, your first instinct may be to pull up your web browser and type “cancer” into a search engine. I just did this with Google, and I received over 683 million results. The first result is from Wikipedia; the second is from WebMD.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be an incredibly difficult and stressful task. Numerous studies have been conducted on what stress does to the body and scientists agree that there are lots of damaging effects.