Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category



In Sickness and In Health

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by
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My cats Hemi and Cosette have been with me for years, and I’ve been blessed: they have been relatively healthy. Until last week. It started with my beloved Cosette. She suddenly lost her appetite, had diarrhea, was lethargic, and withdrew. No interest in sleeping in momma’s bed. I tried coaxing her to eat, and when that didn’t work, I called the veterinarian for advice and Continue reading the story "In Sickness and In Health"

Attitude About Platitudes

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by
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Since breast cancer diagnosis and throughout my survivorship, I have crossed paths with well-meaning folks who make blanket statements to comfort me. It’s sometimes difficult for those not in the cancer world to sit with the knowledge that someone has/has had cancer, let alone has had difficulty coping. So people try to pretty it up by attempting to sell seemingly harmless platitudes. Like many who’ve had/have Continue reading the story "Attitude About Platitudes"

Pre-Mother’s Day Conversation

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by
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“Mommy, what’s that?” This week, my prosthesis had fallen out of my specialty bra and fallen into Arielle’s line of vision. **** Stay calm, I thought. I knew I’d eventually tell my daughter the truth about my having had breast cancer. I just didn’t think I’d have to peripherally broach the subject now when she was at the tender age of almost seven. Plus, I was pretty good Continue reading the story "Pre-Mother’s Day Conversation"

On Reading Cancer Blogs

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by
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When I first started blogging, I just wanted to write. It was a cathartic experience to do so. Little did I know then, as I know now, that reading other cancer blogs would be equally cathartic for me. I became an avid reader of such literature. And cancer blogs are a special genre of literature. So when recently presented with the opportunity to take a survey Continue reading the story "On Reading Cancer Blogs"

Why I Won’t Be Watching Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by
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Ken Burns’ much-anticipated PBS series titled Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies -- based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer -- starts tonight and continues on March 31 and April 1. Many have set their sights and DVRs on this series. I am one of the few who will not be watching. Don’t get me wrong: I love Ken Continue reading the story "Why I Won’t Be Watching Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Blogging Inspiration

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by
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As my readers know, I am a mentor for those taking a free online blogging course Should I Blog? designed for people who had/have cancer. Course facilitator Rebecca Hogue posed an interesting question for me and my fellow mentors, one that’s the topic of this post. Where do you find inspiration? Because this course is about blogging, and therefore the act of writing, I’m focusing on Continue reading the story "Blogging Inspiration"

On Lisa Bonchek Adams

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by
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“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.” These beautiful, inspirational words came from a beautiful, inspirational writer: Lisa Bonchek Adams. On March 6, 2015, Adams died from metastatic breast cancer. Today is her memorial service. On March 6, I received news of her death via Facebook, ironically Continue reading the story "On Lisa Bonchek Adams"

Much Ado About ‘Winning’

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by
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IMG_1440-200x300 Lately, I’ve been heartened to see so many online discussions and blog posts dedicated to erasing the “losing-the-battle-to-breast-cancer” metaphor. Nancy Stordahl writes about this in a recent post, and I agree that this metaphor is insulting. Frankly, saying someone lost his/her battle with breast cancer (any cancer, really) is insulting and disrespectful to those who Continue reading the story "Much Ado About ‘Winning’"

Why I Blog and Why You Can Too

Posted on: February 28th, 2015 by
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Years ago I didn’t understand why anyone would want to blog. I mean, why share the sordid details of one’s private life with the public? A private journal is good enough, I thought. I fell into blogging accidentally. A local, large-circulation newspaper wanted me to write a medical advocacy column. That’s when I realized I could have some influence in the public arena, and I was Continue reading the story "Why I Blog and Why You Can Too"

Fun

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by
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At the beginning of the movie Frozen, young sisters Elsa and Anna are playing. Elsa, who has ice powers, accidentally strikes her younger sister Anna in the head with a bolt of ice. Their distraught parents take the guilt-ridden Elsa and the unconscious Anna to trolls for help; the magical troll in charge informs the parents that Anna would recover and assures them that she Continue reading the story "Fun"