Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Breast Cancer Is No Slam Dunk

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by
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I recently met with advisors regarding financial planning, something so many ordinary people ordinarily do. These gentlemen seemed to care about me, as they assessed my current financial status and my future financial plans. But, of course, there’s a sales pitch. There always is. They recommended I purchase excellent, fantastic, stupendous life insurance. Although I [Read the full story …]

Jody Schoger and Gratitude

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by
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This has been a sorrowful week in the world. We lost so many to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), including Jody Schoger. Even though I knew she was in hospice, I was still stunned when I received the news that she passed away. And in that finding-out moment, I knew the world was suddenly worse off [Read the full story …]

Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Review

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by
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Truth. That’s what you will find in Nancy Stordahl’s memoir Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It. The book’s title is telling: Stordahl exposes the ugliness that breast cancer really is. In a culture of pinkwashing and stories about how breast [Read the full story …]

Dancing Alone on Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 7th, 2016 by
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For many in the US, Mother’s Day is a time of celebration. People may reflect on how lucky their lives are to have wonderful mothers and/or children. For others, this holiday is quite somber: too many people have lost their mothers or are even estranged from them. This holiday’s cup runneth over with emotion. Last [Read the full story …]

Book Launches a Heart-to-Heart Talk

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by
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Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care is about to launch in just a couple of months. And, with the excitement building, I feel a sense of purpose and urgency and certainty that this is the right time for the book to make its debut. But I haven’t been so sure this is the right [Read the full story …]

Something Exciting

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by
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I’m pleased to announce that my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, will be launching in July 2016. This book focuses on helping others realize they have a voice in their own medical care. While I use my own breast cancer experiences as examples, this primer is geared toward anyone facing any kind [Read the full story …]

So Far Away

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by
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At the rehab center, I am shocked by the stranger in my father’s room. It is my father. *** My dad’s dementia has progressed so rapidly, so markedly that he is now a stranger to my family. He still knows who we are, but it’s like his very essence – that spark that makes him [Read the full story …]

Fine Black Lines

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by
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What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to celebrate a book of poetry on breast cancer. The book is not new, but its message continues to be timeless and universal. Fine Black Lines: Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness by breast cancer survivor Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad is an phenomenal collection of poetry [Read the full story …]

With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by
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When I was going through cancer diagnosis and treatment, my friends asked me whether I needed help. Things like grocery shopping or helping me run errands. My answer was always, “No, I’m okay.” Of course I really wasn’t okay — far from it. My friends and I spoke and got together when I felt up [Read the full story …]

Portrait of an Art Student

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by
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I’ve always loved art. I so enjoy getting lost in the reverie, the flow, that artistic expression brings about. I’d be happy living in art museums. And at my favorite art supply store, I want to purchase everything. Yes, I’m an art glutton, easily seduced by pencils and brushes and easels and colors and the [Read the full story …]