Post Archives from the ‘Advocacy’ Category

So Far Away

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by

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 who he really has been throughout his life – is gone. Oh, Continue reading the story "So Far Away"

Watermelon for a Cure

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by

When it comes to cause marketing, I thought I’d seen it all -- until I walked into the grocery store the other day. As soon as I walked in, I saw seedless watermelons sporting large pink-ribbon stickers. And to add insult to pink injury, right next to the ribbon the sticker said, “A Sweet Way to Stay Healthy.” This cutesy message strongly implies that watermelon somehow Continue reading the story "Watermelon for a Cure"

5 Ways to Set Boundaries

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by

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"

Be a Good Girl and Shut Up

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by

The idea for this post came from an angry comment I recently received on a post I wrote back in March. That post, called Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor, called out the merchandiser for stealing METAvivor’s The Elephant in the Pink Room campaign just to feed Kohl’s cash cow. I told the cashier I was a cancer survivor, and rather than Continue reading the story "Be a Good Girl and Shut Up"

Illness and the Workplace

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by
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IMG_1440-200x300 Many people diagnosed with [fill in the blank] have understanding bosses, co-workers, and a workplace that tries to accommodate them. Many others, however, do not. I fell into the latter category with my breast cancer diagnosis and treatments. Fighting cancer is devastating enough, but fighting for Continue reading the story "Illness and the Workplace"

Medical Bait and Switch

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by

Just a few weeks ago, I used my medical group's walk-in service because of a nasty bout of bronchitis. Little did I know the appointment would feel like a rollercoaster derailing, thanks to medical staff's unwillingness inability to communicate to their patients effectively. As I was checking in, a receptionist said coldly and matter-of-factly, "Oh, and here's Continue reading the story "Medical Bait and Switch"

Power in Pharmacists

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by

Weary of calling a doctor who doesn’t return your phone calls regarding medication? Or how about those doctors who give you little to no information on a medication's side effects? Well, here’s perhaps the best-kept secret. An arsenal of Continue reading the story "Power in Pharmacists"


Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by

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"

10 Key Words to Help You Cope

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 by

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"

From Passivity to Action

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by

There's a public misconception going around. It's about me. And I need to clear up this misconception in order to better help you. During my public speaking engagements and through written comments about my blog column, people are often awe-struck at how assertive I am to those in the medical field. I've been admired for my fearlessness and boldness, as well as Continue reading the story "From Passivity to Action"