Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category

Tumbling Dice and Music Will See You Through

Posted on: October 17th, 2009 by

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.
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Wishing for a Medical Crystal Ball

Posted on: August 3rd, 2009 by

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"

Survivor’s Guilt

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by

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"

Courage in Stories

Posted on: March 20th, 2009 by

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"