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Day 4 and Counting

Posted on: July 13th, 2009 by
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Our travel group met at the agency for our final travel meeting. Jane is super-organized with the zillion of forms needed. She gave each of us our own form-carrying packet with neatly labeled, color-coded folders. Even a form-challenged person like me was able to navigate it!

We even had our itinerary for each day we are in Continue reading the story "Day 4 and Counting"

Cancer in Black and White

Posted on: July 13th, 2009 by

Chicago Tribune reporter Deborah L. Shelton stirred up the pot (a good thing!) in her article "Study: Race Gap in African-American Cancer Deaths may be Partly Biological." (See link below.) She features a researcher who, according to a "study," found that African-Americans died from breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers at higher rates than Caucasians because of the former's biology.

According to Continue reading the story "Cancer in Black and White"

Day 6 and Counting

Posted on: July 12th, 2009 by

Rather than fight again with my Nintendo Chinese Coach, I decided to pack for China. My dear coach will be staying behind and entertaining the cats with its stupid gopher game. OK, these gophers pop out and hold up Chinese lettering, and they taunt me.

The packing went smoothly, and I felt less nervous because I got a lot Continue reading the story "Day 6 and Counting"

China Diaries

Posted on: July 10th, 2009 by
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EARLY Bird Special

Posted on: July 6th, 2009 by

Jeff Stier's online article "Detecting a Bad Breast Cancer Bill" is so filled with inaccuracies, it simply boggles the mind.

As if women didn't have to struggle enough with the array of information about breast cancer detection -- or any cancer for that matter -- Stier adds insult to injury by basically dismissing the early detection legislation Florida Democratic Rep. Wasserman Continue reading the story "EARLY Bird Special"

The ABCs of HMOs

Posted on: July 1st, 2009 by

Awhile ago, I mentioned that I would address the topic of HMOs and why they are not necessarily the enemy of quality medical treatment. This is the topic of this posting.

Disclaimer: I can only speak from my experience and about my particular HMO, and I am not a paid promoter of HMOs.

OK, now that we got that Continue reading the story "The ABCs of HMOs"

Clueless in New Jersey and Elsewhere

Posted on: June 26th, 2009 by

According to, which has posted an article from, dated June 25 -- before Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died -- sad stories about people's personal battles are just too...well...sad.

The story (the link to the full story below) opens describing how Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut shares her personal battle with ovarian cancer and how Indiana Senator Evan Continue reading the story "Clueless in New Jersey and Elsewhere"

Meet Alicia (aka Dr. Mom)

Posted on: June 25th, 2009 by

I highly recommend the Welcome to My Planet blog (see link below). Alicia is a mother of four, who is a great writer and has deeply touched me with her excellent writing. She mixes eloquence with humor, and I have laughed and cried reading her postings. She writes about anything and makes even the most seemingly mundane things highly interesting.

Alicia Continue reading the story "Meet Alicia (aka Dr. Mom)"

Cancer Myths

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by
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Posted on: April 29th, 2009 by
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Beth L. Gainer is a professional writer and has published an essay on her breast cancer experience in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Publishing. She teaches writing and literature at Robert Morris College in the Chicago area. She can be contacted at and She also blogs on the Continue reading the story "Read More About this Post Here"