Bridges, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s newsletter for survivors, offers a forum where patients and their families can share stories of inspiration and hope, and of the challenges that can accompany a cancer journey. We encourage you to submit your story to Bridges.
In this winter 2021 Bridges issue, survivors provide their insights and words of advice on the COVID-19 pandemic; a prostate cancer survivor turns tragedy into triumph; one writer shares how she turned her attention to living well for today and filling each day with meaning; another survivor reflects in a poem; and both professionals and survivors share their perspectives on changes and shifting needs and priorities in survivorship.
In this 50th issue: A psychologist shares how his experience helped him relate to his patients; helpful information about body image in survivorship is provided; a survivor comes back around to golf and the things he loves; another survivor learns to seize the moment and becomes a writer; and an MSK retiree and artist shares her decision to have her breast implants permanently removed.
In recent months, MSK has been at the forefront in providing additional care and treatment services related to COVID-19 for all patients. In this second-ever extended 12-page issue: a couple talks about how they formed connections, a mother shares her source of inspiration, a survivor reflects on how cancer at 18 months old affected the rest of his life, a young adult remembers through a poem, a retired educator shares what it’s like to live through 5 possible cancer diagnoses, a BMT donor answers questions, and a cord blood recipient explains why he is “lucky.”
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: A survivor shares his story of being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at age 47; a survivor tells us how she and her dog became part of MSK’s Caring Canines program; and we learn about mindfulness meditation at MSK’s Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center.
A four-time survivor and veteran paratrooper shares his secret to happiness; Integrative Medicine Service Chief Jun Mao discusses the latest techniques to address insomnia; a professor reveals how she took charge of her life after cancer; a survivor describes his journey from Hong Kong to MSK; and RLAC social worker Leah Moroge provides tips to cope with stress and anxiety.
In this extended 12-page issue, Tiffany Dyba, a survivor, learns how to make lemonade out of chemo; Jim DeSimone, a survivor, talks about his new focus on teaching at work and loving at home; and Sara Olson, a caregiver, shares how her daughter’s diagnosis brought her to work at MSK as an epidemiologist for 24 years.
An MSK employee shares her cancer survivorship story; the benefits of the Mediterranean diet are reviewed; and survivors describe how their experiences have influenced their faith and happiness.
Family inspires a survivor from diagnosis into survivorship; Nancy Sibio, a caregiver, describes the experience of a cancer diagnosis as a newlywed; a professional and a survivor offer practical information and advice on living with an ostomy; and Thomas Coccia, a survivor, describes the changes surrounding a cancer diagnosis and survivorship today.
Emily Nikoo describes her experience as a caregiver from diagnosis into survivorship; David Kerr, a cancer survivor, makes a connection on an Angel Flight; and MSK’s Food and Nutrition Services talk about healthy eating made simple!
Pediatric cancer survivor, Selma Sulejman, shares her experience with retinoblastoma and how to persevere, members of the Department of Psychiatry address cancer PTSD, and Erin Cummings, a survivor, shares her story of motherhood.
Bridges celebrates its 10th year of publication; patient, Karen May, and husband, John Marra, share their journey from both a patient and caregiver perspective; and cancer survivor, Susan Shaw, finds purpose in the Empire Dragon Boat team.
A patient, Edward Bell, pays tribute to MSK’s employees; Mike Philbin, a cancer survivor, describes his experience as a volunteer at MSK; and psychologist Allison Applebaum answers question about caring for the caregiver.
Carl Granum, cancer survivor, talks about fatherhood and what he learned from his cancer experience and Rosemary Semler, MSK Fertility Specialist, shares information about fertility preservation before and after treatment for cancer.
Cancer survivor, Ed Langan, describes how he gives back by volunteering at a local nursing home and Lisania Milli, NP, describes MSK’s Women’s Sexual Health Program.
An MSK Nutritionist discusses nutrition’s role in bone health and a patient answers questions about her experience with weight loss after cancer.
A patient describes her experiences with post-treatment hearing loss and her use of hearing aids and a caregiver discusses her mother’s cancer and life in survivorship.
Barbara Golby, MSK Social Worker, provides information about MSK’s Resources for Life After Cancer program that provides support to patients after they finish treatment and a patient answers questions about his experiences with post-treatment cardiac effects.
MSK Psychiatrist, Dr. Yesne Alici, discusses sleep strategies for cancer survivors, a patient shares his story about gaining a new family because of his bone marrow transplant and Ellen Greenfield shares a fun, nutritional soup recipe.
A patient describes the commonalities he has noticed amongst cancer survivors and the Director of MSK’s Blood Donor Program answers questions about blood donation at MSK.
MSK physical therapists Danele Silverman and Linda Gonzalez provide information about occupational and physical therapy and we discuss several summer camps and outdoor adventures in this issue’s Resource Review.
A lymphoma survivor describes her bone marrow transplant experience and a special Resource Review highlights the Be the Match Registry of the National Marrow Donor Program.
A breast cancer survivor describes her experiences with dating after a mastectomy and the supportive singing group, Rising Voices, provides a welcome relief for MSK patients, survivors and caregivers.
Teri Scheinzeit, a New York City business coach and singer-songwriter, writes about how a cancer diagnosis as a child shaped her life and Executive Chef Paul Garey discusses changes to the MSK cafeteria and menu.
Dr. Lee Jones discusses his research on the relationship between exercise and cancer survivorship and Maurisha Osi explains the wonderful resource that is the Patient and Caregiver Volunteer Program.
An MSK physician and patient each discuss their unique perspectives on radiation fibrosis and we get a look at the new customized search engine from Patient and Caregiver Education.
MSK social workers and a patient share their expertise and thoughts on “scanxiety” and an announcement about the new Cancer Survivorship Center at MSK.
An MSK employee tells his own cancer story and a physician shares information on hair loss and thinning in cancer survivors.
A retired schoolteacher coins a new word to explain the extraordinary support she received from a colleague and fellow cancer survivor, and a nurse gives advice on filling prescriptions.
A patient expresses gratitude towards Memorial Sloan Kettering and a biology teacher shares how she has overcome late effects of cancer treatment to pursue her passion for teaching.
A cancer survivor offers tips for reducing stress and Memorial Sloan Kettering experts offer advice for sexual health after cancer treatment.
A young man describes his journey from colorectal cancer patient to gold medalist, and a survivor shares the health benefits of practicing Qigong.
A patient offers recommendations for coping with survivor’s guilt, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Executive Chef Pnina Peled shares a spring recipe.
A book offers guidance on skin care for people living with cancer, and a survivor discusses making the transition from patient to caregiver.
A patient-to-patient volunteer offers recommendations for coping with the fear of cancer recurrence, and a bone marrow transplant survivor shares his story.
A rehabilitation expert describes therapies for managing lymphedema, and the editors review Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Art Expressions program.
A survivor gives advice about advocating for your health, and a genetic counselor answers questions about genetic testing and counseling.
Dan Barry, a national columnist for the New York Times, delivers a guest editorial, and a survivor offers advice about careers after cancer.
A bladder cancer survivor shares his story, and pain and palliative care expert Paul Glare describes how palliative care is used to manage pain for cancer survivors.
A woman shares how her parents’ cancer diagnoses had an impact on her, and infectious diseases specialist Monika Shah gives travel precautions for patients.
Patient editor Eileen Gould explains how cancer survivors can connect, and a physical therapist shares exercises to improve stability.
A teenager shares her experience with medulloblastoma, and a father relays how adoption can be an option for building a family after cancer.
Psychiatrist Jimmie Holland offers advice about minimizing pre-visit anxiety, and a survivor provides suggestions on coping with hair loss.
A survivor offers decision-making strategies to use when considering breast reconstruction, and patient editor Eileen Gould reviews the cancer support service Imerman Angels.
An ovarian cancer survivor shares her story, a neuroblastoma survivor suggests methods for managing anxiety, and a survivor reviews the Cancer and Careers website.
A ten-year-old shares his “leukemia adventure,” and a survivor and a physical therapist give strategies for managing osteoporosis
A survivor offers advice on coping with physical changes, and the creator of Cycle for Survival shares her story.
Patient and family advisors convey how they are improving the quality of patient care at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and a survivor shares a poem.
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A breast cancer patient shares her story.
An amputee relays her experience participating in the Beijing Paralympics, and psychologist Tim Ahles offers insights into chemo brain.
A pancreatic cancer survivor shares her story, and chaplain Jane Mather discusses how spirituality can be woven into your cancer journey.
A cancer survivor’s wife shares advice about discussing a cancer diagnosis with children, and social workers review the book 100 Questions & Answers About Life After Cancer.
This inaugural issue features an article by integrative medicine expert Gary Deng and a welcome piece by patient editor Eileen Gould.