This artist creates stunning henna crowns for chemotherapy patients

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Good deeds can be as beautiful in execution as they are in intention.

Seattle-based henna company Sarahenna offers their stunning body art to customers for a myriad of occasions. From bridal looks to adorned pregnant bellies, the company is committed to making their clients feel beautiful. 

Beyond the typical duties of a henna studio, Sarahenna is dedicated to helping others who may really be in need of a confidence boost — offering complimentary “henna crowns” to women who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy.

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Football star rushes to comfort young fan battling cancer after Facebook post

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Here’s something that will warm the coldest of hearts.

Mahalia Murphy from Sydney, Australia, posted an urgent request on Facebook Tuesday for her terminally ill friend. And just like Batman, one of her friend’s saw the signal and responded instantly.

Kia Lettice, who has been fighting cancer, had “roughly four hours to live,” according to Murphy’s post. All Lettice wanted is for Australian rugby league player Greg Inglis or former player Beau Ryan to come and see her in order to “boost” her up. 

Within half an hour of the post, Ryan answered the call despite being 120 kilometres (74 miles) away. Read more…

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‘I saw my fear’: How psychedelic therapy is making a comeback

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After learning in 2010 that she had Stage 1 ovarian cancer, Dinah Bazer felt optimistic. Her doctors had just removed the grapefruit-sized tumor bulging from her belly and started her on a course of chemotherapy.   

“I thought, when the chemo is over, we’ll celebrate,” Bazer, who is now 69, recalled. “But it was the exact opposite.”

Bazer’s cancer was in remission, yet she felt terrified by the possibility of its return. Every check-up filled her with dread. She gained weight stress-eating bags of Halloween candy in her Brooklyn home. The upbeat spirit she’d shown her husband and two grown daughters was completely gone.    Read more…

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‘I saw my fear’: How psychedelic therapy is making a comeback

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After learning in 2010 that she had Stage 1 ovarian cancer, Dinah Bazer felt optimistic. Her doctors had just removed the grapefruit-sized tumor bulging from her belly and started her on a course of chemotherapy.   

“I thought, when the chemo is over, we’ll celebrate,” Bazer, who is now 69, recalled. “But it was the exact opposite.”

Bazer’s cancer was in remission, yet she felt terrified by the possibility of its return. Every check-up filled her with dread. She gained weight stress-eating bags of Halloween candy in her Brooklyn home. The upbeat spirit she’d shown her husband and two grown daughters was completely gone.    Read more…

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Magic mushrooms eases anxiety in cancer patients, studies show

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After Tammy Burgess was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 55, she fell into the grips of crippling anxiety. 

“I would just lay on the couch. I didn’t go to work,” she recently told researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “When you’re anxious about cancer, everything else becomes anxious.”

But Burgess said she eventually broke free of her existential fears, thanks to a surprising treatment: a capsule of psilocybin, a mind-altering compound found in magic mushrooms.

“It was so peaceful and so beautiful,” Burgess recalled.

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