Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category


Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by

cosette1 I’ve been away from the blogosphere for awhile now. What kept me away was a perfect storm of being super busy, the horrific U.S. election and its even more horrific results -- and the failing health and recent death of my beloved cat Cosette. It’s fitting I write about Cosette today, as it’s the 10th anniversary of Continue reading the story "Cosette"

Cancer and the Imagination

Posted on: September 30th, 2016 by

Layout 1 When I was a teenager, I wished my active imagination would always stay vivid. Unfortunately, that wish came true. *** Being diagnosed and treated for cancer unleashes a maelstrom of emotions. But lately I have been wondering if a cancer experience heightens our imagination. We imagine our deaths. We imagine our physical pain and suffering even before we Continue reading the story "Cancer and the Imagination"

‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by

Layout 1 I have many pet peeves in Cancerland. During my diagnosis and treatment, people told me to stay positive. Well, this advice harmed me, as I needed to cry and feel miserable. Those who told me to stay positive negated my fears and denied my feelings. Other individuals spouted that God couldn’t give me more than Continue reading the story "‘Everything Happens for a Reason’"

Cancer Harbors: A Safe Harbor for Cancer Survivors

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by
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IMG_1440 I rested my head against the window, as the train car’s soothing motion lulled other morning commuters to sleep. I was uneasy: It was my first day back to work after cancer treatment had ended, and I was officially a survivor. While I was lucky to have survived thus far, I hadn’t had a clue about Continue reading the story "Cancer Harbors: A Safe Harbor for Cancer Survivors"

Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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"