Post Archives tagged ‘cancer’



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’"

Cosette

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by
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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"

Gilda’s Club: A Living Legacy

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I was saddened to hear about Gene Wilder’s death this week. For years, he and his wife Gilda Radner filled my heart and the hearts of many with laughter. I was devastated when Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989. However, Wilder helped provide a living legacy, one that has inextricably bound me to the Continue reading the story "Gilda’s Club: A Living Legacy"

Go With the Flow

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 Many people whose lives are affected by cancer or any other serious illness -- whether former/current patient or caregiver -- often experience depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, EMDR, and guided imagery are just some tools that can be effective at combatting intense emotional stress. These and more options can be discussed with medical Continue reading the story "Go With the Flow"

Six Mistakes to Avoid as a Patient

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I’ve been thinking a lot about medical-related mistakes. Not mistakes that doctors make, but those that we patients sometimes make. While being diagnosed and treated for a devastating disease, patients can and do make mistakes. After all, a serious disease puts us in a hurly burly of medical decision-making and is tough medicine indeed. Now add to Continue reading the story "Six Mistakes to Avoid as a Patient"

‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by
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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’"

Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by
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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 Dictionary.com, the word “survive” means: “to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, Continue reading the story "Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day"

Portrait of an Art Student

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by
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I’ve always loved art. I so enjoy getting lost in the reverie, the flow, that artistic expression brings about. I’d be happy living in art museums. And at my favorite art supply store, I want to purchase everything. Yes, I’m an art glutton, easily seduced by pencils and brushes and easels and colors and the feel of brushing oil paint on canvas. Art was important to me Continue reading the story "Portrait of an Art Student"