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Autumn Gunnell, 14, has touched people's lives with her cooking. Autumn cooks for cancer patients and their caregivers. She has been taking baking classes for a few years. Autumn says she enjoys the cooking as a nice thing to do.



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You might know Coenzyme Q10 as an ingredient in your favorite anti-aging lotions and potions, but did you know it’s also being used as a homeopathic cancer cure? Read on to find out what gives CoQ10 its anti-cancer reputation among naturopaths. CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) is a naturally produced substance similar to Vitamin E that has significant anti-oxidant properties. Of the 10 most common Coenzyme Q’s, CoQ10 is the only Coenzyme Q present in human cellular tissue. Due to the natural effects of aging, CoQ10 levels significantly decrease with maturity. For example, at 40 years of age, we have only 64% of the CoQ10 originally present at age 20. By age 80, this figure drops by half to 36% of the CoQ10 we had at 20 years of age. CoQ10, being a cellular component (Quinone), is a cyclic compound present in all human cells.

Consuming cooked or processed foods destroy CoQ10, including the very substrates employed to manufacture and replace CoQ10 stores. In its active form, pure CoQ10 is bright yellow. Though once it is subjected to light or 115 degrees Fahrenheit, it will unfortunately

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. The majority of sufferers are women, although breast cancer can occasionally affect men. While women of any age can develop the disease, around eighty percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer are over fifty years of age. Knowing the early warning signs and examining your breasts regularly could save your life, as early diagnosis increases your chances of beating the disease.

Breast Changes

Changes to one or both of your breasts could be an indicator of breast cancer. These changes could include an increase or decrease in the size of one or both of your breasts, a change in shape or a change in the way your breasts feel. Get to know your breasts and become familiar with how they look and feel, as this will help you to recognise when something changes.

Breast Pain

Pain in your breast, particularly if it is only experienced on one side, could also be a warning sign. Any kind of pain, discomfort or change in sensation should be reported to your doctor as soon as

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Phillip Martin Pierorazio, M.D. is an expert in treating urinary-tract malignancies—including kidney, bladder, prostate, testis, adrenal, penile and urethral cancers. He performs both open and minimally invasive surgeries. These include laparoscopic and robotic surgeries of the kidney, bladder, prostate, and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testicular cancer. He has a special interest in kidney cancer and performs such specialized procedures as partial nephrectomy for early-stage disease and high-risk surgeries for advanced urological cancers. He is the Director of the Division of Testicular Cancer and works with a number of testicular cancer advocacy groups around the country. Learn more about Dr. Pierorazio at:

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The cover of the book "Nowhere Hair" shows a mom, little girl and dog playing on the beach. But there's something a little different about this mom: she doesn't have hair. This is the premise of "Nowhere Hair," a book written by Sue Glader to help parents explain cancer and chemotherapy treatments to children.

The book's narrator is a little girl whose mom is missing her hair. The little girl goes looking for her mother's hair all throughout her home. Her mother explains to her daughter that medicine made it fall out, and that it was nothing the little girl did to make that happen. Written in rhyme, the book covers many sensitive topics, such as cancer, wearing hats and scarves to cover a head and that some people look different, which is okay.

The organization selected the book for children ages 3 to 12 to help kids understand a parent's diagnosis. The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards also selected the book as its 2011 Gold Medal Winner in the "Health" category.

Author Sue Glader is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Marin County, California. She Life can change on a dime. It's what you do after you pick up the pieces that counts.

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This interview was taped in April 2013, prior to the "Fashion For Jandie" benefiting event.

Jandie's story is long and heart breaking about her battle with stage four Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma; But to summarize it- in the beginning, she was rejected by doctors when complaining about her excruciating leg pain, being accused of only wanting pain killers. They eventually sent her to physical therapy creating pressure and strain, thus causing her leg to break, all the while not knowing she had bone cancer. Since the doctors pushed her away instead of trying to figure out the issue, her cancer then spread to her lungs until it was finally found.

On February 9th, 2015, she found out the cancer was now in her brain, as well. February 11th she had emergency brain surgery and they were only able to remove 80% of the tumor, as the remaining 20% was up against a blood vessel that affects her motor skills.

Jandie has also had tremendous stress with her finances in supporting her battle against cancer. Her medical bills are deep in collections, and every month she has