Post Archives from the ‘Cancer’ Category



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"

Matter Over Mind

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by
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In a previous post, I said I was too scared to write what I deemed a risky piece on my blog. This is that post. Throughout my pre-cancer life, many people have admired my fortitude and tenacity. Tarnished by life’s traumas, I still kept my platinum mind focused. Many folks used to tell me I was the strongest person they knew: No matter how difficult Continue reading the story "Matter Over Mind"

Courage, Fire, Tenacity

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by
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Many in the blogosphere have shared their two or three words to guide them during this year. I am no exception: so without further ado, here are the three words that will serve as my guides for the upcoming year. I originally thought this post would focus on only one word, but two others popped off my fingers as I was writing this post. The Continue reading the story "Courage, Fire, Tenacity"

Reflections on Blogging

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by
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For years, I’ve aired my dirty breast cancer laundry with the world. I’ve chosen this path -- to publicly document my authentic narratives and points of view on this blog -- for many reasons: to achieve catharsis by lending my voice to the breast cancer experience, to help others by assuring them they are not alone, to be a part of a community of writers, Continue reading the story "Reflections on Blogging"

Cancer: The Best Way to Die?

Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by
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We have just dipped our toes into the New Year, but someone’s outrageous views on cancer death has already caught the attention of the public. On December 31, Richard Smith wrote a post for The BMJ blog titled “Dying of Cancer is the Best Death.” And this is Smith’s thesis: that it is far better to die a slow death that cancer affords than from Continue reading the story "Cancer: The Best Way to Die?"