Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Crying Myself Raw

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by
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I’ve been away from the blogosphere and away from writing for what, to me, seems too long. Truth is, I have been so busy teaching and grading and preparing for classes and helping my daughter with her piles of homework and having some semblance of a social life that I haven’t really had the time [Read the full story …]

The New Abnormal

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by
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The following gem appeared in my email inbox this week: this highly knowledgeable doctor from a very prestigious US medical school “encourages the return to ‘normal life’ or a ‘new normal’ following breast cancer.” I think we can all read into the subtext of this quote: the good doctor wants patients to “get over it,” [Read the full story …]

My Greatest Strength

Posted on: September 7th, 2018 by
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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Former US President Calvin Coolidge It’s no [Read the full story …]

A Summer Blogging Challenge

Posted on: August 17th, 2018 by
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My friend Nancy Stordahl at Nancy’s Point has laid down a blogging challenge, and I am enthusiastically taking up the challenge. Here are the questions she presented, with my answers. 1. How long have you been blogging (or reading blogs)? I started blogging in 2009. 2. How has your blog changed? The purpose of my [Read the full story …]

My Most Enjoyable Gift

Posted on: August 9th, 2018 by
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This week, Marie Ennis O’Connor from Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer gave the blogging community the following writing prompt: What gift did you most enjoy receiving? This is a difficult question to answer, as I have been blessed enough to have had many wonderful gifts during my lifetime. But as the first anniversary of my Aunt [Read the full story …]

Adopted Friends

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018 by
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Ari and Me If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that my daughter is a Chinese adoptee. When she became school-aged, she ran into problems: she felt isolated because she was one of the few Asians in her school, let alone one who had a white parent. Understandably, … Continue reading [Read the full story …]

Fatigue

Posted on: July 13th, 2018 by
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Last week, I had a real treat: for the first time in a long time, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago, famous for its impressionist paintings, among other artwork. On a pitch perfect day, I met a dear friend whom I hadn’t seen for awhile at the museum. We had lunch, laughed, caught [Read the full story …]

Let’s Play Ball!

Posted on: July 5th, 2018 by
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Anyone who knows me understands that I love baseball. I’m a loyal spectator who grew up in the Bronx and loves the New York Yankees. My brother is an avid baseball fan and knows more than I do about each player. In fact, he has an impressive collection of Yankee-signed baseballs, and each year he [Read the full story …]

“Safe,” My Ass

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by
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In my last post I discussed my possible lung damage from radiation therapy for breast cancer. I am still hoping for the courage to accept this possibility. Someday I will accept that I made the best medical decision I could have, given the misinformation I was given about radiation’s so-called “safety.” Today is not that [Read the full story …]

Radiation Blues

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by
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When I finished radiation treatments for breast cancer 17 years ago, I received a beautiful certificate stating that I “graduated” from radiation and that I crossed that finish line. The staff signatures on my certificate and hugs from my radiation oncologist and nurses were amazing. I actually felt like a survivor and my spirits were [Read the full story …]