Post Archives tagged ‘breast cancer’



I’m Not Your Punching Bag

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by
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Punching bag Awhile ago, I wrote a post about those breast cancer support group members who were more of an albatross to me than a help. You can read about it here. Within the last year or so, two of the three offending, most insidious group members, D and S, contacted me. As I haven’t had Continue reading the story "I’m Not Your Punching Bag"

Twelve Twenty-Six

Posted on: December 26th, 2017 by
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I don’t remember all my cancerversary dates. But I remember December 26 all too well. Like it was yesterday. It was the beginning of my cancer nightmare. Weeks before this date, I found a weird-but-subtle dimple on my right breast during my monthly breast self exam. My doctor said “It is probably nothing,” but he wrote a referral for a diagnostic mammogram “just to be on the Continue reading the story "Twelve Twenty-Six"

Aunt Helene

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by
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Helene's 50th Many in the online community got the news a week ago, August 18. My precious Aunt Helene died earlier that day. While her health was diminishing slowly, her sudden death came as a huge surprise to us. I am having such a difficult time coping, and I have never felt such searing, raw emotional pain. I Continue reading the story "Aunt Helene"

Birthday Suit

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by
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Layout 1 Some time ago, my daughter asked me what it meant “to be in one’s birthday suit.” I explained that this term essentially meant being naked, wearing what one is born with -- nothing. Since then, we’ve occasionally joked and laughed that it would be silly to have a cute dress as a birthday suit because Continue reading the story "Birthday Suit"

Up to this Summer’s Blogging Challenge

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by
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Layout 1 This week my friend Nancy Stordahl, who blogs at Nancy’s Point, announced a new summer blogging challenge, where bloggers answer 10 random cancer-related questions. This challenge is a great idea, so I decided to participate. As is the case in Nancy’s challenge blog, feel free to provide comments addressing any of these random Continue reading the story "Up to this Summer’s Blogging Challenge"

Lori Marx-Rubiner and Jason Brown

Posted on: August 7th, 2017 by
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For many, the past few weeks have been filled with grief from losing people to cancer. Even though I’ve never met these individuals in person, I feel privileged to have been a part of their world in some way in the online community. And although I’ve never met them, I feel I knew them, and my grief is deep. And real. Our relationships were real. Continue reading the story "Lori Marx-Rubiner and Jason Brown"

Competing in Cancerland

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by
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Layout 1 “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” -- Abraham Lincoln We who’ve been hit with the cancer bomb are now part of a community we never wanted to be part of in the first place. We should be unified. But we are not always unified. We should find comfort from each other. But often we do not. Take Continue reading the story "Competing in Cancerland"

Radiation Fallout

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by
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Layout 1 The train eases into the early morning fog. Other commuters are lulled to sleep on their way to work. I slothily lean my head against the window and look out, exhausted. But I cannot sleep. Outside, blurred lights blink past me. All I think is, “What the hell just happened?” The train’s route is clear, Continue reading the story "Radiation Fallout"

‘I Bet You’re Proud You Beat Cancer’

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by
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Layout 1 These are the words I recently heard from a medical assistant at a neurologist’s office. After providing my extensive paperwork that listed all the medications I was taking, as well as my medical history, this girl was irritating the hell out of me. She kept asking for information that I clearly stated on the medical Continue reading the story "‘I Bet You’re Proud You Beat Cancer’"

Book Review: Why is She Acting So Weird?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by
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why-acting-weird Cancer is complex: it affects every aspect of a patient’s life -- including friendships. As I write this, I recall those friendships that strengthened with my breast cancer diagnosis. And, sadly, I recall those friendships that simply withered away. People react to their friends’ cancer diagnoses in many ways for many reasons. Those who choose to continue Continue reading the story "Book Review: Why is She Acting So Weird?"