Judy Schwartz Haley

Copywriter, Ghostwriter, Writer

I tell stories that encourage and demystify

I write pieces that help ease the path to understanding family relationships and medical challenges, and helping families live their best lives despite these issues. As a parent, caregiver, patient advocate, and cancer survivor, I have personal experience that helps me connect with readers facing these issues. Over the years, I have composed hundreds of articles for a variety of publications that speak to the needs of people living with health and development challenges, and those who care for them.
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yourcenter.uvacancercenter.com
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Can Alternative Cancer Treatments Alleviate Side Effects?
August 27th, 2019
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Advice on Regaining Your Strength After Chemo
August 7th, 2019
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Creating an Emergency Contact List for Cancer Patients: All the Numbers You Need
July 24th, 2019
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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Mentor: Sharing Your Experience With Others Going Through It
September 17th, 2018
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Cancer Support Services: How to Build a Support Network
September 21st, 2018
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How to Tell Your Child You Have Cancer
October 11th, 2018
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Running a Household While Going Through Treatment: How to Keep It Together When Cancer Strikes
November 5th, 2018
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Managing Multiple Caregivers: When There Are Too Many Caregivers in the Hospital Suite
November 15th, 2018
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What I Learned From Cancer
February 16th, 2019
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Dealing With Cancer and Depression: How to Cope
February 20th, 2019
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Insensitive Friends and Your Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer is difficult enough without hurtful comments from insensitive friends, but a little grace on your part, and a little understanding on theirs, can help smooth over these communication bumps. Your friends may become better allies to you once they start to understand why these comments hurt.

August 21st, 2018
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How to Plan for Travel During Chemotherapy

A cancer diagnosis does not need to sideline your travel plans. It is possible to travel during chemotherapy treatment and have a wonderful time away.

May 15th, 2018
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What Is a Nonverbal Learning Disability?

A nonverbal learning disability often affects a child's spatial reasoning, motor skills, and social skills, but because children with this challenge often have advanced verbal skills, it can be easy to miss. Kids with this type of learning disability often seem precocious and highly capable until they start having difficulty with nonverbal skills as they get older.

February 14th, 2018
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What to Do When You’re Waiting for News

One of the challenges of living with cancer is the waiting. You’re waiting for news about a biopsy or scan, waiting for treatment to start, waiting for treatment to end, waiting for pain medications to kick in, waiting in waiting rooms and then in exam rooms in paper robes. It’s a lot of sitting quietly.

January 9th, 2018
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Managing the Psychological Effects of Breast Cancer

A life-threatening diagnosis can make you painfully aware of your own mortality, but there are a host of other physical and psychological effects of breast cancer that can make this a particularly difficult diagnosis. With all the changes that treatment for breast cancer brings — which can include shutting down sex hormones and removing sex organs — so many facets of a person’s life are changed, which can lead to difficulty accepting what is happening.

November 2nd, 2017
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5 Resources for Parents of Children With Learning Disabilities

Discovering that your child has special needs, such as a learning disability, can be quite a shock. But once you catch your breath and absorb the information about your child's needs, it's time to get serious about becoming their advocate, and helping them learn to work with and overcome their challenges.

October 6th, 2017
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Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) describes Hodgkin lymphoma as one of the most successfully treated forms of cancer. Previously known as Hodgkin’s disease, it’s cancer of the lymphatic system (part of your body’s immune and waste management system) and also affects your blood and bone marrow.

September 1st, 2017
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Job Search Advice for Job Hunting After Cancer

Job hunting after cancer can be a bit daunting. To put boost your confidence as you look, here is some job search advice to help you put your best foot forward as you build your new post-cancer life.

August 21st, 2017
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The Best Exercises for Kids: 7 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Moving

Finding the best exercises for kids means finding activities that get them moving without feeling like a chore. Exercise should be fun and something they look forward to so they grow up thinking of fitness as enjoyable. Sure, you could line them up and make them do calisthenics every morning, but would you have enjoyed that? There are plenty of ways to move around that are fun, and play is an important part of a child's development -- it's good for grownups as well!

August 11th, 2017
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Mental Health Emergency: What to Expect in the ER

If you're having a mental health emergency, it's important to get help right away. Though the thought of going to the emergency room (ER) might be daunting, it's often the best way to keep you safe during the crisis. Visiting the ER can connect you with resources that will help you manage and overcome these issues.

July 22nd, 2017
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How to Avoid the High Emergency Room Cost

A trip to the emergency room can be extremely expensive, even for people with robust health insurance plans. However, in many cases, a little planning ahead can help you reduce or avoid the emergency room cost.

July 2nd, 2017
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The Hormone Imbalance and Cancer Risk Factor Connection

Hormones are a natural and vital part of your body, but when they’re out of whack, it can spell trouble. There’s a connection between hormone imbalance and cancer risks. The more warning signs you know, the better you can monitor your health.

June 12th, 2017
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Low Back Pain Exercises and Tips to Help

Back pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek out medical care. This type of chronic pain has many different causes, and treatment can range from pain medication to physical therapy or even surgery. On your own time, adding some low back pain exercises into your workout routine can build strength and help relieve pain.

June 1st, 2017
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Online Cancer Support Groups Provide Quality Emotional Support

Support groups give you firsthand tips on dealing with the physical and emotional impact of cancer and its treatment, as well as help you feel less lonely. They are immensely valuable—and sometimes not a great option.

May 25th, 2017
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Run for Cancer: Participating in a Cancer Fundraiser Can Help You Feel Better, Too

There’s nothing like exercise to process stress and anxiety, and being able to invest your sweat equity into cancer research allows you manage the frustration productively. Participating in fundraising walks or runs makes you feel empowered because you’re doing something that’s making a difference. There are a variety of events that benefit different cancer charities. You can choose from bicycle tours, 5K walks, marathons, obstacle runs and many other events. You can participate in these events and have people donate to your cause months before or volunteer to assist the organization on the day.

May 7th, 2017
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What to Expect During Your First Therapy Session

If you're feeling a little nervous about your first therapy session, you're not alone. Movies and myths have influenced our ideas about therapy, and that can make it a little scary. The understanding that therapy will lead to some changes in your life can be even scarier. But going to therapy can be great for your mental health. Whether you're considering therapy or about to head to your first session, it's normal to have questions about the process. Here are answers to ease your worries and tips to guide you.

April 12th, 2017
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How Skin Cancer Led This Melanoma Survivor to "Live Life to the Fullest"

Erin Shannon was only 19 years old when she became a melanoma survivor. If not for a routine skin examination, she might not have even known she was in danger. But even when one is being proactive about their health, it's hard to be prepared for this kind of news.

April 6th, 2017
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Advice for Cancer Caregivers From People Who’ve Been There

Cancer caregivers know that stepping up to care for a loved one going through treatment is a daunting task. It’s time consuming, emotionally challenging and your other responsibilities don’t go away while you’re in caregiving mode. While the role is challenging, it’s also an honor to be there for someone through this painful time.

January 27th, 2017
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Tips for Comforting Kids in the Hospital During Cancer Treatment

When you have kids in the hospital, your life revolves around getting them healthy and making them comfortable. The American Childhood Cancer Organization is a learning resource to help your kids in the hospital feel more secure and at ease as they undergo treatment for cancer.

January 16th, 2017
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Teenage Grief Is Complex: How to Help Your Grieving Teen

Experiencing the death of a loved one, friend or mentor is difficult at any age, but teenage grief is especially frustrating. Teens work so hard to appear cool, it can be difficult to get a handle on how well they’re processing their grief. It’s even more difficult if you’re suffering, too. There are times you need to set aside your own depression to focus on your teen. There’s no easy way to move through this, but there are some guidelines that help.

April 6th, 2017
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Social Media Accounts After Death: Managing a Digital Legacy

The popularity of social media, and the extent to which people use these services to communicate, introduces a new question: what happens to social media accounts after death? It’s a situation that changes as your use of these services evolves, and each of the social media platforms has a slightly different way of managing this situation.

January 30th, 2017
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When Spirituality and Cancer Make You Rethink Your Core Beliefs

One of the core elements of well-being is spirituality, and cancer can sometimes disrupt that. When you’re facing a serious illness or potentially life-threatening condition, it’s natural to take stock of your values, spiritual or otherwise. If you find yourself re-evaluating your beliefs, know it’s more common than you think.

December 14th, 2016
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7 Tips for Sharing Holiday Cheer with People With Alzheimer's

The holidays can be a stressful time for people with Alzheimer's, as well as their caregivers. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make this busy time of year easier on everyone. Here are seven tips to help you keep your loved one with Alzheimer's comfortable and supported this holiday season.

December 7th, 2016
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Living With Cancer During the Holidays: Tips for Enjoying the Season

Living with cancer during the holidays adds a new layer of complexity to the celebrations, traditions and even the stress of the season. Fatigue may drain your energy, and medical expenses may limit funds, leaving little cash for indulging in this expensive time of year. Many people experience conflicting emotions around the holidays, and cancer can intensify that effect. Yet there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy a less stressful season.

November 24th, 2016
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Chemo Not Working? How to Deal With Cancer Treatment That Isn’t Responding

You may worry about chemo not working when your cancer treatment isn’t responsive. But your doctors can make adjustments during your treatment if your first option doesn’t work.

November 28th, 2016
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When Losing a Loved One to Cancer Challenges Your Faith

Losing a loved one to cancer can be traumatic, but everyone will experience it differently based on personality, faith and relationship with the person who died. In the grieving process, you may wonder why your faith is letting you down or start questioning your spirituality. This is a normal, if still troubling, occurrence that will take time and thought to deal with.

October 28th, 2016
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When Breastfeeding Just Won’t Work

You’re an expectant mom, and you have it all planned out: the birth plan, breastfeeding, the joy of new motherhood. You know that breast milk is the ideal food for babies, and you’ve never considered giving yours anything else. But things don’t always work out the way we plan, and for some women, it turns out that breastfeeding just isn’t possible.

October 14th, 2016
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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: How to Decide It’s Right for You

Cancer takes away a lot of things, including a sense of control in your life. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is one of the ways you can get some feeling of ownership over your body when you feel defeated.

October 13th, 2016
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Managing Chronic Cancer: How to Live With Cancer That Doesn’t Go Away

Chronic cancer refers to cancer that doesn’t go away or have a cure, but can be managed over the course of one’s life, according to the American Cancer Society. Certain types of cancer including cancers of the blood, like LGL Leukemia and other leukemias and lymphomas, and certain forms of ovarian and bladder cancers, are considered chronic and are treated as lifelong conditions. Chronic cancer also includes metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body). Living with cancer that doesn’t have an end point can be challenging in many ways. Learning how to manage the disease over time is essential to maintaining your health as well as living an enjoyable life.

September 28th, 2016
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What’s Involved in Bone Marrow Donation? Find out If You’re a Match

Only about 30 percent of those who need a bone marrow transplant have a match in their family, usually a brother or sister, according to the ASCO. The remaining 70 percent must find a match from lists of people who have volunteered to become donors. Finding a matched donor can be even more difficult for people of certain racial minority backgrounds or backgrounds that include multiple races. Be The Match is an organization that partners with a number of medical centers and research centers, like UVA Cancer Center, and other organizations to maintain a database of potential donors and help facilitate bone marrow transplants where needed. If you’re selected, they then start scheduling the procedures for both you and the cancer patient.

September 18th, 2016
dignityhealth.org
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Embrace the Wild: The Essentials of Outdoor Safety for Kids

Kids need the outdoors. There's something in them that just wants to be out in nature, running around and getting dirty. But they also need to learn that the wilderness can be dangerous, and it isn't a place to let down your guard. Even a short adventure can turn risky if you don't take the proper precautions.

August 11th, 2016
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Why You Should Consider a Staycation for Your Next Week Off

We know that we need vacations from work to give our brains the occasional break and allow them to return refreshed. After all, we make better decisions when we’re not exhausted and overworked, and we’re healthier when we periodically take time to rest and recharge.

August 9th, 2016
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Ovarian Cysts and Cancer: Why Managing Your Gynecologic Health Is Important

Detecting ovarian cysts and cancer is a vital part of your health as a woman. That includes becoming established as a gynecological patient and staying up to date with your routine checkups and tests. One of the benefits of being an established patient is that your baseline is part of routine examinations. Your OB-GYN gets to know your body and can evaluate your symptoms based on how they deviate from your normal.

July 29th, 2016
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Managing Chemo Rash During Cancer Treatment

Unpleasant side effects are often a part of your cancer treatment. While the treatment targets the cancer, it can affect the rest of your body as well, including your skin. You may develop a rash that looks a bit like acne on your face, scalp and shoulders. This kind of reaction is called chemo rash.

July 8th, 2016
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Combating the Social Effects of Cancer: How to Maintain Your Social Life During Chemo

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean your social life has to suffer. There are ways to buffer against the social effects of cancer and still live it up with your friends. According to the Mayo Clinic, social connections can be immensely helpful in maintaining quality of life as you deal with cancer treatment. The key is making sure you and your crew know the best way to handle your health situation.

May 11th, 2016
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4 Ways to Manage Cancer and Anxiety

Cancer and anxiety often go hand in hand, and these anxious feelings you get are a completely normal response. They often extend beyond the illness to encompass worries about your life, finances, family and career. If your loved one has cancer, you may experience this anxiety, unaware of your best course of action.

March 30th, 2016
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Allover Wellness: Benefits of Yoga for Heart Health

Yoga seems to be more popular than ever. If you haven't tried it by now, it's likely you at least know someone who goes to yoga groups or stretches along with an instructor on TV. Because of its prevalence, most people know that yoga is a practice that strengthens and balances the whole body while relieving stress and increasing flexibility, but medical researchers are now looking at the benefits of yoga for heart health as part of the overall well-being this workout can provide.

January 20th, 2016
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Living With Breast Cancer and Lymphedema: Therapy Options and Tips

There is no cure for lymphedema, but there are a few treatments that can help keep the condition in check. A physical therapist specializing in lymphedema will determine the best way to treat it.

January 5th, 2016
hellohumankindness.org
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Keep a Gratitude Journal: Sustain the Benefits of Positive Thinking All Year

Researchers are learning a lot about gratitude lately. We know gratitude can increase happiness in your life, and that it has actual health benefits. My favorite way to focus on gratitude is with a gratitude journal, which is simply a means of routinely noting the people, events, and things in my life for which I am thankful. Now that Thanksgiving is over, a journal is also an effective way to practice mindful gratefulness all year long.

December 11th, 2015
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How to Talk to Your Parents About Hearing Loss

Living with hearing impairment is frustrating for everyone involved, especially because constant miscommunication can lead to hurt feelings, isolation, and even dangerous mistakes. Unfortunately, it's hard to know how to talk to your parents -- or other close friends or loved ones -- about this issue.

October 15th, 2015
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