Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Go With the Flow

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by
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Many people whose lives are affected by cancer or any other serious illness — whether former/current patient or caregiver — often experience depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, EMDR, and guided imagery are just some tools that can be effective at combatting intense emotional stress. These and more options can be discussed with medical … [Read the full story …]

Six Mistakes to Avoid as a Patient

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 by
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I’ve been thinking a lot about medical-related mistakes. Not mistakes that doctors make, but those that we patients sometimes make. While being diagnosed and treated for a devastating disease, patients can and do make mistakes. After all, a serious disease puts us in a hurly burly of medical decision-making and is tough medicine indeed. Now [Read the full story …]

Self-Love, Self-Care

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by
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Last week, I participated in a #patientchat Twitter chat centered on what having a “quality of life” means to each of the participants. And that got me thinking about what constitutes a good life. For me, quality of life is defined by self-love and self-care. Of course, carving out a quality life is an … [Read the full story …]

‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by
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I have many pet peeves in Cancerland. During my diagnosis and treatment, people told me to stay positive. Well, this advice harmed me, as I needed to cry and feel miserable. Those who told me to stay positive negated my fears and denied my feelings. Other individuals spouted that God couldn’t give me more than [Read the full story …]

Party’s On!

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by
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While my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, officially launched July 5, I figured, what is a book launch without a party? I will be hosting a book launch party on Saturday, July 23, which will include a reading, discussion, and a book signing. Refreshments will be provided. If you are in … [Read the full story …]

15 More Random Facts About Me!

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by
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Last year, I participated in a 15 Random Facts About Me blogging challenge, where I posted random facts about me. I got the idea from Nancy Stordahl’s 15 Random Facts & A Blogging Challenge Too! So when Nancy posted 15 Random Facts, Round Two, & Another Blogging Challenge! this week, where she … Continue reading [Read the full story …]

Calling the Shots, the Book, is Here!

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by
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I’m excited to announce that my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, is now available! Calling the Shots was intentionally released around the US’s July 4th holiday because the book is all about declaring one’s independence: * From doctors who do not have a patient’s best interest at heart, * From unsavory medical [Read the full story …]

Cancer Harbors: A Safe Harbor for Cancer Survivors

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by
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I rested my head against the window, as the train car’s soothing motion lulled other morning commuters to sleep. I was uneasy: It was my first day back to work after cancer treatment had ended, and I was officially a survivor. While I was lucky to have survived thus far, I hadn’t had a clue [Read the full story …]

Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by
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Once upon a pre-breast cancer time, a physician paid me a high compliment. “You do better breast exams than most doctors,” he said. And I think he was right. Every month I performed the same ritual: a thorough breast self-exam, including the look-at-your-breasts-in-the-mirror test. Although I always dreaded the idea of something possibly being wrong, [Read the full story …]

Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by
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National Cancer Survivors Day is on Sunday, June 5. And I won’t be celebrating. Sorry to sound like a bitter ingrate, but I take issue with a day that celebrates cancer “survivors” and leaves those with metastatic cancer in the dust of victory. In fact, I take issue with the word, “survivor.” According to Dictionary.com, [Read the full story …]