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Meet Alicia: Singer, five-time GDQ participant and health advocate

I’ve spent my life focused on three major things: singing, playing video games and food. I started singing professionally when I was 15 and got a bachelor’s in fine arts in Vocal Performance in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. When I wasn’t making music, I could be found planted in front of a screen […]

I was set to run a marathon, then my doctor found highly precancerous cells

A goddess representing wisdom and strength, Athena provides an overwhelming presence in Greece and other parts of the world. I first learned of Athena while attending The United States Military Academy and immediately wanted to learn more about how to be someone of wisdom and strength. Over the years, I looked for experiences to test […]

Check your balls

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 edition of Cancer PreventionWorks. In February, Steven Eisner noticed an unusual firmness in his right testicle during a regular self-check. Since he’s a gamer and frequently participates in Awesome Games Done Quick, a video game marathon that has raised more than $6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, […]

Listen to your body: A young-onset colorectal cancer patient’s journey

Patrick Beauregard is a 31-year-old Marine corporal who, at age 29, was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had spread to his lungs. With support from his family and his wife, Amanda, he is sharing his story to advocate for more awareness of colorectal cancer among young adults. Patrick and his oncologist, Dr. Kimmie Ng […]

Gaming for good: Mark and Friends Smile-Time Variety Hour

My name is Mark and I stream on Twitch as sort of a hobby. I’ve been at it for a year—it’s a really nice way to relax at nights when I have nothing else to do. My Twitch handle is Blackstar258, taken from David Bowie’s last album title “Blackstar”. This is the story of how […]

If only…

It was that time of year again. The time of year that most women dread…the annual well-woman check-up. The oh-so-uncomfortable Pap test. Some women dread it so much they skip their exams—or even worse, don’t even schedule one. But not me…I went every year.   One year was a little different. The nurse asked me if […]

National Cancer Survivor’s Day

My diagnosis For many years I struggled with becoming sick almost every time I tried to eat food. I tried everything: going to doctors’ offices, trying different scans and tests and attempting every diet I could imagine, but no one could figure out what was wrong with me. In June 2017, the nausea and intolerance […]

You gotta be kidney-ing me!

In 2015, my legs weren’t working very well, so I decided to go to the doctor. I was only 38, so the doctor was concerned and sent me to the emergency room. They tried to send me home and said there was nothing wrong with me. But I called my doctor, who called the hospital, […]

Everything you need is already within you: The importance of being your own health advocate

It all started in a chaturanga. A chaturanga is not my favorite yoga pose to begin with, but since I was practicing yoga three to five times a week, I knew this pain I suddenly felt in my right breast wasn’t supposed to happen. I waited a few weeks before going to my doctor, thinking […]