Health

Overcoming adversity with tenacity: Cancer survivor Patricia Fujii, 84, lives life to its fullest

Despite winning eight gold medals in this year’s Idaho Senior Games, 84-year-old Patricia Fujii does not consider herself an athlete. According to the octogenarian sprinter, the difference between her and the athletes she competed against at the National Senior Games is that the other higher-placing athletes train harder. “I don’t have time to hire a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Baby steps to giant leaps

Yes, I know how difficult it is to embrace change. I’m rapidly approaching that age when I’ll soon undergo that metamorphosis into my parents, where habits are carved into stone. And the sun is more likely to shower rain than warmth onto this little orb before those habits are broken. But there’s hope, as I’m […]

Youth’s ‘smart’ invention helps elderly and their caregivers

  Two years ago, Kenneth Shinozuka’s grandfather began wandering at night, resulting in accidents. Shinozuka witnessed his aunt struggling to stay up at night to watch over her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. The 16-year-old Shin-Nisei realized that his family is far from alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some 5.2 million people suffer from […]

Colorectal cancer screening could save lives

Colorectal cancer, or cancer in the colon or rectum, affects both men and women and is the second most common form of cancer and third highest cause of cancer-related death among Asian Americans, according to the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training. The network, established by the National Cancer Institute to reduce […]

A Match for Bay: Eight-year-old Nikkei battles leukemia

While most children play outside this summer, 8-year-old Baylor “Bay” Nihei Fredrickson from Albany, Calif engages in Nerf gun battles with nurses in between chemotherapy rounds.  Baylor, who is of Japanese and German descent, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in February 2012 at 5 years old. According to his mother, Shari Nihei Fredrickson, Baylor […]

Let’s talk: About coping with cancer

The big “C” word. There was a time in the past when talking about cancer, even mentioning the word was taboo. People would often go into seclusion and cope with the illness alone or in the privacy of the family circle. Today, cancer is ubiquitous. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t been touched by this […]

A psychological lifeline for Asian American teens

On a cold, clear Sunday evening in March, Hung Wei sits in the living room of her home in Cupertino, a prosperous Silicon Valley suburb, surrounded by a dozen high school students. The teens, almost all Asian American, gather around a circular glass coffee table graced with brightly colored figurines. Two girls of Indian descent […]

LET’S TALK: About love

For most of us, our first experience of being loved occurred in our home. As children, we took such things for granted or we didn’t recognize it when someone was expressing their love for us. For those who received an abundant supply, being loved may have been just an ordinary every day experience. But those […]

FIGHT FOR MIKE: 19-year-old Michael Sakata’s battle against leukemia

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Despite the scorching 100-degree weather, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes and former Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Jackson joined about 45 other people to play in a golf tournament at the Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, Calif. on June 30 to raise money for 19-year-old leukemia patient Michael Sakata. Barnes, who […]

Multiracial, multiethnic patients struggle to find marrow matches

Because Michael Sakata is of Japanese and Mexican ancestry, the need for new donors to register is crucial. Unlike blood donations, bone marrow matches depend more on the ethnicity of the individual donating their marrow and the individual receiving the transplant. According to Carol Gillespie, Asian American Donor Program’s executive director, it will be difficult […]

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