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Menagerie Mondays: Ari and the Big City

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by

Ari stares in wonderment at beautiful Chicago. She was amazed to be so high up among the tops of skyscrapers. 20130417085310-1

Book Review: Getting Past the Fear

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by

Getting Past the Fear Before undergoing chemotherapy, I was understandably terrified. The nurse gave me some written materials on chemotherapy in advance of the first treatment. But these readings only provided facts; they didn’t prepare me emotionally for what was to come, nor did they address my fears or calm me down. This is the case for many, Continue reading the story "Book Review: Getting Past the Fear"

Moving Out, Moving On

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by

Dazed and downcast, I sit on a box the movers set down at my new apartment. One of them tells me, “Why are you so sad? Your life’s just beginning! I’m divorced, and my life is the happiest ever. Yours will be, too.” I wonder if he is on crack. Happiest ever? I will never be happy again. I’m also upset that the movers know too much Continue reading the story "Moving Out, Moving On"

Menagerie Mondays: The Brides of Guangzhou

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by
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When I was adopting Ari in China, our last stop before heading back to the United States was Guangzhou. This was where the adoption paperwork was done and where Ari received her visa. Guangzhou is a remarkable city, with many people practicing tai chi in public parks. One thing I noticed were many brides and grooms taking photo shoots there. I didn't know if these were models Continue reading the story "Menagerie Mondays: The Brides of Guangzhou"

Medivizor: A New, Easy Tool at Your Fingertips

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by

Many grappling with a serious medical condition have done it. I know I have. From the convenience of my home, I’ve let my fingers do the walking – through the Internet. And my payoff: Being bombarded with a gazillion facts and opinions, some rather depressing. Oh, and a few information-overload panic attacks. Overwhelming? Absolutely. Enter Medivizor, a brand new online service designed to provide easy-to-understand customized information for Continue reading the story "Medivizor: A New, Easy Tool at Your Fingertips"

The Support Group That Went Haywire

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by

As a breast cancer patient, I tried a few support groups. However, I couldn’t relate to others’ situations and didn’t quite fit in. What bothered me was people’s unwillingness or inability to talk about their innermost struggles and fears. At Gilda’s Club, a monthly support group was worth checking out. It was moderated by a social worker who was also a breast cancer survivor. I sat Continue reading the story "The Support Group That Went Haywire"

The Youngest Support Group

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by

I recently witnessed a support group in action – and it was comprised of four-year-olds. It was the end of a weary day, and I was picking up my daughter from pre-school. As usual, I was in a hurry to get her home. After all, we had a schedule to follow: dinner, some mandatory fun, and bedtime rituals. I was also preoccupied – dwelling on work I Continue reading the story "The Youngest Support Group"

Welcome to Calling the Shots

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by

Breast cancer "thriver," author, and self-advocate Beth Gainer

Welcome to the new home of Calling the Shots! While the layout and format have changed, this blog-column will have the same quality content that you have come to know and expect. Please let others know about Calling the Shots' new home, and please change your Continue reading the story "Welcome to Calling the Shots"

Celebrating the Ordinary Day 7

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by

I know it's a day late,but here is my Day 7 celebrating the ordinary picture. I want to thank Marie from Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer for creating this challenge. I have simply had a blast taking pictures and blogging about them, as well as reading all the terrific posts that have celebrated the ordinary. Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary Day 7"

Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 6

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by

Today's ordinary slice of life is one I've often taken for granted: a small farm stand not far from where I live.

It's a real treat to have freshly grown produce. I stop at this farm stand once a week to buy all wonderful yummy goodies -- until the farm stand  closes Continue reading the story "Celebrating the Ordinary — Day 6"