Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Aunt Helene

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by
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Many in the online community got the news a week ago, August 18. My precious Aunt Helene died earlier that day. While her health was diminishing slowly, her sudden death came as a huge surprise to us. I am having such a difficult time coping, and I have never felt such searing, raw emotional pain. [Read the full story …]

Birthday Suit

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by
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Some time ago, my daughter asked me what it meant “to be in one’s birthday suit.” I explained that this term essentially meant being naked, wearing what one is born with — nothing. Since then, we’ve occasionally joked and laughed that it would be silly to have a cute dress as a birthday suit because [Read the full story …]

Up to this Summer’s Blogging Challenge

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by
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This week my friend Nancy Stordahl, who blogs at Nancy’s Point, announced a new summer blogging challenge, where bloggers answer 10 random cancer-related questions. This challenge is a great idea, so I decided to participate. As is the case in Nancy’s challenge blog, feel free to provide comments addressing any of these random … Continue [Read the full story …]

Lori Marx-Rubiner and Jason Brown

Posted on: August 7th, 2017 by
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For many, the past few weeks have been filled with grief from losing people to cancer. Even though I’ve never met these individuals in person, I feel privileged to have been a part of their world in some way in the online community. And although I’ve never met them, I feel I knew them, and [Read the full story …]

Chasing Lincoln

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by
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I’ve really been off the grid for the past three months. So many setbacks and upheaval going on in my life that it’s been almost impossible to focus on one of the things I love doing most in the world: writing. So here, then, is my first blog post of many to come. My favorite [Read the full story …]

On Lotteries

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by
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I’ve never been a fan of lotteries. I know that, for many people, they can be exciting and such, but the whole idea of there being few “winners” and many “losers” does not sit well with me. Oh, I admit, I’ve played the lottery under peer pressure. In reality, participating in a lottery is not [Read the full story …]

Competing in Cancerland

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by
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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — Abraham Lincoln We who’ve been hit with the cancer bomb are now part of a community we never wanted to be part of in the first place. We should be unified. But we are not always unified. We should find comfort from each other. But often we [Read the full story …]

Radiation Fallout

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by
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The train eases into the early morning fog. Other commuters are lulled to sleep on their way to work. I slothily lean my head against the window and look out, exhausted. But I cannot sleep. Outside, blurred lights blink past me. All I think is, “What the hell just happened?” The train’s route is clear, [Read the full story …]

Afraid, Acted Anyway

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by
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True to my word, after I pressed the Publish button on my post on March 3, I picked up the phone and made an appointment for my brain MRI. Prior to that date, I had been stalling. At several points I had frantically told myself and friends and my psychotherapist and anyone who would … [Read the full story …]

‘I Bet You’re Proud You Beat Cancer’

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by
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These are the words I recently heard from a medical assistant at a neurologist’s office. After providing my extensive paperwork that listed all the medications I was taking, as well as my medical history, this girl was irritating the hell out of me. She kept asking for information that I clearly stated on the medical [Read the full story …]