Post Archives tagged ‘cancer survivorship’



Cancer Harbors: A Safe Harbor for Cancer Survivors

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by
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IMG_1440 I rested my head against the window, as the train car’s soothing motion lulled other morning commuters to sleep. I was uneasy: It was my first day back to work after cancer treatment had ended, and I was officially a survivor. While I was lucky to have survived thus far, I hadn’t had a clue about Continue reading the story "Cancer Harbors: A Safe Harbor for Cancer Survivors"

The New Abnormal

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by
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Upon hearing that I am cancer-free thus far, people flippantly ask me if I’m now used to the "new me" or the “new normal.” I’m sure they mean well, but I really don’t know what they mean. They are tossing about meaningless phrases. I don’t like being typecast into nonsensical words like the "new me" and “new normal” because -- even if cancer is not Continue reading the story "The New Abnormal"

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’"

Survivorship by Design

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by
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Not long ago, Marie Ennis O’Connor of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer posed an excellent question on one of her posts; she inquired what our particular style of illness was. She based this question on Anatole Broyard’s book Intoxicated By My Illness, where the author says, “Every seriously ill person needs to develop a style for his illness.” I left the following comment on her Continue reading the story "Survivorship by Design"

Tightrope

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by
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Last Sunday, high wire artist Nikolas (Nik) Wallenda made history by walking a high wire with no net from one of Chicago’s Marina City skyscrapers to another skyscraper and then to another skyscraper -- this time blindfolded.
One of the Marina City towers

One of the Marina City towers

Chicago and the world at large Continue reading the story "Tightrope"

Be a Good Girl and Shut Up

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by
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The idea for this post came from an angry comment I recently received on a post I wrote back in March. That post, called Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor, called out the merchandiser for stealing METAvivor’s The Elephant in the Pink Room campaign just to feed Kohl’s cash cow. I told the cashier I was a cancer survivor, and rather than Continue reading the story "Be a Good Girl and Shut Up"

Go Back to Medical School, Dr. Death

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by
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My last post focused on the “little” lies people told me to encourage me when newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This post is about another lie, a whopper told by a second-opinion oncologist that threw me into a swirling inferno. The first oncologist I saw was cautiously optimistic that, with the right treatment, I had a decent prognosis. I felt somewhat reassured, but not completely, Continue reading the story "Go Back to Medical School, Dr. Death"