Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category



Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by
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Once upon a pre-breast cancer time, a physician paid me a high compliment. “You do better breast exams than most doctors,” he said. And I think he was right. Every month I performed the same ritual: a thorough breast self-exam, including the look-at-your-breasts-in-the-mirror test. Although I always dreaded the idea of something possibly being wrong, I examined my breasts thoroughly and regularly. Until a breast self exam Continue reading the story "Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam"

Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by
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National Cancer Survivors Day is on Sunday, June 5. And I won’t be celebrating. Sorry to sound like a bitter ingrate, but I take issue with a day that celebrates cancer “survivors” and leaves those with metastatic cancer in the dust of victory. In fact, I take issue with the word, “survivor.” According to Dictionary.com, the word “survive” means: “to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, Continue reading the story "Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day"

Breast Cancer Is No Slam Dunk

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by
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I recently met with advisors regarding financial planning, something so many ordinary people ordinarily do. These gentlemen seemed to care about me, as they assessed my current financial status and my future financial plans. But, of course, there’s a sales pitch. There always is. They recommended I purchase excellent, fantastic, stupendous life insurance. Although I have life insurance at my place of employment, these advisors suggested I obtain Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Is No Slam Dunk"

Jody Schoger and Gratitude

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by
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This has been a sorrowful week in the world. We lost so many to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), including Jody Schoger. Even though I knew she was in hospice, I was still stunned when I received the news that she passed away. And in that finding-out moment, I knew the world was suddenly worse off for not having Jody’s fierce passion, intelligence, kindness, and Continue reading the story "Jody Schoger and Gratitude"

Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Review

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by
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Nancy Memoir Truth. That’s what you will find in Nancy Stordahl’s memoir Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It. The book’s title is telling: Stordahl exposes the ugliness that breast cancer really is. In a culture of pinkwashing and stories about how breast Continue reading the story "Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A Review"

Dancing Alone on Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 7th, 2016 by
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For many in the US, Mother’s Day is a time of celebration. People may reflect on how lucky their lives are to have wonderful mothers and/or children. For others, this holiday is quite somber: too many people have lost their mothers or are even estranged from them. This holiday’s cup runneth over with emotion. Last Mother’s Day was fun for me and filled with celebration. However, this Continue reading the story "Dancing Alone on Mother’s Day"

Book Launches a Heart-to-Heart Talk

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by
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Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care is about to launch in just a couple of months. And, with the excitement building, I feel a sense of purpose and urgency and certainty that this is the right time for the book to make its debut. But I haven't been so sure this is the right time to tell Arielle that mommy had breast cancer. As many of Continue reading the story "Book Launches a Heart-to-Heart Talk"

My Caregivers

Posted on: November 21st, 2015 by
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It’s November, National Family Caregivers Month. I don’t usually write about months attributed to certain causes, but in this case -- and in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the US -- this is a chance to honor those who took such excellent care of me during cancer diagnosis and treatment. As my readers know, at-home support during the darkest time of my Continue reading the story "My Caregivers"

Tami Greenfield Boehmer

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by
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We didn’t always agree. Tami Greenfield Boehmer was more hopeful than I was. So much more hopeful, in fact, that she wrote a book titled From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds and another book titled Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer. Despite my skepticism about the idea that a positive attitude can help fight cancer, I saw Continue reading the story "Tami Greenfield Boehmer"

Ups and Downs

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by
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I look at the doctor. Worried. Things have not been going well. She remains calm, but it hardly reassures me. Even though I’m not the patient, each visit is traumatic, and I can’t seem to calm down. “Don’t cry in front of her,” I tell myself on most visits, though I know the veterinarian would understand. The patient is Hemi, my tuxedo cat – and his Continue reading the story "Ups and Downs"