Post Archives tagged ‘cancer’



‘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"

My Caregivers

Posted on: November 21st, 2015 by
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It’s November, National Family Caregivers Month. I don’t usually write about months attributed to certain causes, but in this case -- and in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the US -- this is a chance to honor those who took such excellent care of me during cancer diagnosis and treatment. As my readers know, at-home support during the darkest time of my Continue reading the story "My Caregivers"

Tami Greenfield Boehmer

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by
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We didn’t always agree. Tami Greenfield Boehmer was more hopeful than I was. So much more hopeful, in fact, that she wrote a book titled From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds and another book titled Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer. Despite my skepticism about the idea that a positive attitude can help fight cancer, I saw Continue reading the story "Tami Greenfield Boehmer"

Watermelon for a Cure

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by
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When it comes to cause marketing, I thought I’d seen it all -- until I walked into the grocery store the other day. As soon as I walked in, I saw seedless watermelons sporting large pink-ribbon stickers. And to add insult to pink injury, right next to the ribbon the sticker said, “A Sweet Way to Stay Healthy.” This cutesy message strongly implies that watermelon somehow Continue reading the story "Watermelon for a Cure"

Identity Theft

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by
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Years ago, I was unleashed onto the world as a cancer “survivor.” You know the type: triumphant, sexy, the poster child of one who fought the good fight and “won.” While many people have typecast me into this role, truth is cancer stole more from me than I can even express in one blog post. This disease took my physical and emotional health Continue reading the story "Identity Theft"

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"

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"