Post Archives tagged ‘cancer’



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"

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"