It feels like it happened yesterday, but today is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. That day, people went to work and got on planes, unaware this day would be their last one. Like many, I use this day to reflect about the event -- and this gives me pause to think about what I’m grateful for. So without further ado, … Continue reading the story "10 Things I’m Grateful For"
Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category
Pre-cancer, I was sturdy, strong, resilient. I reached far into the sky, living the myth that mortality was far, far away, especially since I took excellent care of my body. Like many young people, I believed I wouldn’t have to confront death for a long time. I had incredible amounts of energy and an amazing memory, and I was in excellent physical shape, being an avid … Continue reading the story "Aging Ungracefully"
I dislike many platitudes when it comes to cancer. The general healthy public likes to give a positive spin to cancer -- especially breast cancer, of course. In fact, so many in our society consider breast cancer the cute, benign sort of cancer, even though it kills and maims. Well-meaning people have tritely referred to my breast cancer experience as a “journey,” as if there’s a … Continue reading the story "No, Cancer is Not a Journey"
“Oooh, that’s one creepy-looking dinosaur!” I told my wide-eyed-but-ready-for-bedtime daughter. “Then read about it, Mommy!” she laughed, pointing at the ferocious dinosaur in one of her favorite books. “Honey, I’m so glad they are extinct.” “Otherwise, they would chase us and eat us?” “Yes, I’m sure.” She yawned. “I’m glad they are extinct, too,” as she rolled over to sleep. It’s now midnight, and I’ve been trying to sleep for hours, … Continue reading the story "Dinosaurs"
Today my 7-year-old daughter is participating in her day camp’s Fourth of July parade. The children will be marching around waving American flags, as they do every year. Ari looks forward to this parade, the fireworks on the Fourth, and she enjoys listening to how the United States gained its independence. Throughout the year, we have discussed how this country is a true melting pot … Continue reading the story "Seeking Independence From Ignorance"
When I was a teenager and young adult, I really took to bowling. It started in high school, when a gym teacher taught us how to bowl with the proper mechanics. I bowled every week with friends and was pretty decent at the sport. Don’t get me wrong: I wasn’t great, not even close. But I had a knack for it -- and even more … Continue reading the story "Bowled Over"
“I’m quitting chemo,” I said, halfway through my treatments. “Are you looking for someone to tell you not to quit?” “No, I’m done.” “Well, I’m telling you that you are not quitting chemo.” *** This phone conversation took place between me and my oncology nurse Ann a day after I returned from the hospital. I had been rushed to the emergency room because of a high fever and constant … Continue reading the story "My Oncology Nurse"
Upon hearing that I am cancer-free thus far, people flippantly ask me if I’m now used to the "new me" or the “new normal.” I’m sure they mean well, but I really don’t know what they mean. They are tossing about meaningless phrases. I don’t like being typecast into nonsensical words like the "new me" and “new normal” because -- even if cancer is not … Continue reading the story "The New Abnormal"
As today is Ari’s last day of school, it is only fitting that today I reflect upon this extraordinary school year. As my readers know, last year Ari did not thrive in an accelerated private school, so this year we switched to the local public school. Great things have happened to Ari this year, and I am grateful. Ari immediately loved her first grade … Continue reading the story "School Milestones"
Years ago, I was unleashed onto the world as a cancer “survivor.” You know the type: triumphant, sexy, the poster child of one who fought the good fight and “won.” While many people have typecast me into this role, truth is cancer stole more from me than I can even express in one blog post. This disease took my physical and emotional health … Continue reading the story "Identity Theft"