You can't judge a book by its cover. That's what we learn from the time we are kids. When it comes to one's health status, however, this is not the case. In fact, we as a society tend to mistakenly think that young people just don't get sick. Ever. This faulty assumption leaves those of us who were/are sick … Continue reading the story "Don’t Judge Us Because We are Young, Or Interlude at the Walgreens Pharmacy"
Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category
While Breast Cancer Awareness month has come and gone, it is really vital that people be aware of this devastating disease year-round. Breast cancer affects everyone because, although the majority of its victims are female, the disease is also devastating to husbands, fathers, sons, and any man who has a woman in his life. And one out … Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Awareness Year"
As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, I want to express gratitude for all the trials, studies, and the women who suffered before me -- just so I and others could live. I also want to thank all the doctors who have worked tirelessly on behalf of breast cancer patients. But.... You knew there was a "But" coming, didn't … Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Profiling and the Blame Game"
Well, it's halfway through Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I'm already really tired of the barrage of pink ribbons and pink everywhere in general.
Don't get me wrong; I'm very appreciative of all the support and awareness that this month has created. Years ago, one would be hard-pressed to find … Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Real Men Do Get Breast Cancer"
Life is a crap shoot.
Sometimes the dice turn out in your favor, and sometimes they don't. And life gets really difficult and complicated when you are battling a disease or put through a series of scary diagnostic tests.
Just as we cannot predict what will happen in life, we cannot always predict the effects of medical treatments. I was thinking about this, as I began hosting my own pity party of one today -- due to the severe back and abdominal muscle pain that plagues me every day due to surgery done almost three years ago. Adding insult to this … Continue reading the story "Wishing for a Medical Crystal Ball"
This is how the story goes: I had a friend around my age. She died. I lived. I lived because she died. Faun and I became fast friends, well, fast. We met at a breast cancer survivor's group, and even though I was the newbie to a well-established group, she and I hit it off. Turns out she was … Continue reading the story "Survivor’s Guilt"
Kudos to a recent Oprah show, which profiled four celebrities: Fran Dresher, Scott Hamilton, Magic Johnson, and Montel Williams -- each who are or have been grappling with serious medical conditions. What struck me was these individuals' candor and willingness to tell their stories. And as they shared their experiences, their faces of celebrity faded, only to be replaced with the face of humanity, gratitude, and … Continue reading the story "Courage in Stories"