I was saddened to hear about Gene Wilder’s death this week. For years, he and his wife Gilda Radner filled my heart and the hearts of many with laughter. I was devastated when Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989. However, Wilder helped provide a living legacy, one that has inextricably bound me to the … Continue reading the story "Gilda’s Club: A Living Legacy"
Post Archives from the ‘Self-empowerment’ Category
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 … Continue reading the story "Self-Love, Self-Care"
It’s not New Years, but I’m making a resolution, and that is to honor the word “Boundary.” Boundary. It’s my word for today, the rest of the year, and forever. Before cancer hit, I didn’t know how to set boundaries with people. Or maybe I knew how, but was too afraid of being assertive enough to stop people from draining me. I allowed others to … Continue reading the story "5 Ways to Set Boundaries"
My blog has shared strategies for self-advocacy and navigating through the medical system. Part of my advice has included how to stay calm in the waiting room by thinking of 10 positive, empowering words to describe yourself, as well as bringing an arsenal of tools to help people cope with waiting in the examination room. Well, this week, I … Continue reading the story "Retooling"
Facing the medical world is usually difficult, especially if you have or are currently suffering from an affliction. It helps to have at least 10 inspiring words that describe you or that you want to describe you, each on its own index card. After reading each word, reflect on what that word means to you. You can even write on the cards and hang … Continue reading the story "10 Key Words to Help You Cope"
People who fight any sort of condition -- which is most people nowadays -- have to reside deep in their hearts to find that all-too-rare commodity: courage. Those with medical afflictions have to find the best advocates: ourselves. My postings have focused on how to navigate the medical system, which is a never-ending gauntlet of doctors and medical tests. … Continue reading the story "Sense and Sensibility — and Courage"