Articles By: Kairol Rosenthal

Has Poetry Helped?

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A great part of being an author and blogger is all of the emails I get from readers who I never would have met otherwise.  Rich Devlin is one of those people. Rich sent me a riveting poem a few weeks ago called The Price of Survivorship, which you can read below. He recently lost his wife of 38 years...
October 12th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Are You Welcome in the Cancer Club?

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“Are you going to write in your book about the people who died?  It is so depressing,” a person in the publishing world asked while I was writing Everything Changes.  My answer: a polite version of “You better f***ing believe I am.” How could I write a book about cancer and exclude the people...
October 8th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Are You Welcome in the Cancer Club?

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“Are you going to write in your book about the people who died?  It is so depressing,” a person in the publishing world asked while I was writing Everything Changes.  My answer: a polite version of “You better f***ing believe I am.” How could I write a book about cancer and exclude the people...
October 8th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Random Acts of Cancer Kindness

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During my first cancer treatment I was scared and in pain. I wanted hope and an escape, reassurance and strength. It came in the mail. I received a hand written letter full of empathy and understanding from a guy named Brian. He had suffered from Crohn’s disease and knew what it was like to feel...
October 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Using Sex to Sell Breast Cancer?

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If my sexual history came with a transcript, you could read that I am anything but a prude.  I like to look at a gorgeous pair of breasts just as much as the next straight, married woman.  (Why else does Dolce and Gabana create girl on girl ads for Vogue?) So in my interview with Newsweek on October...
October 2nd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

How Has Your Employer Handled Your Illness?

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Do you have an angelic boss who has made accommodations for your illness?  Or, have you been wedged out of your workplace, or cornered into a position where your job is so miserable you want to quit? ABC News interviewed me today about asking for sick leave and keeping your job. I offered them lots...
October 1st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Ever Chewed Out a Healthcare Worker?

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My hospital is around the corner from Gucci, Coach, and the Apple Store.  (Swank huh?)  I’m sure sneaky shoppers try to park in the hospital garage at patient rates.  It’s the front desk staff’s job to make sure they don’t. A few years back, I had a particularly horrible post-surgery appointment:...
September 29th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Are You More of a Risk Taker Since Illness?

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I often hear that people live more fully after having a life threatening illness, doing things they have never done before. Not me. Since going through cancer treatment, I have a whole new relationship to physical risk. I just cannot stand it. I used to love hiking – scrambling up rocky hillsides,...
September 25th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Ever Have A Hard Time Sleeping?

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I keep waking up at 4:48 AM.  Sometimes a few minutes earlier or later.  I hate it.  But I know I’m not alone.  I’ve talked with a handful of breast cancer bloggers this week and discovered we all use blogging as a great way to deal with being awake at night. Sometimes I can clearly identify...
September 23rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Ever Have A Hard Time Sleeping?

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I keep waking up at 4:48 AM.  Sometimes a few minutes earlier or later.  I hate it.  But I know I’m not alone.  I’ve talked with a handful of breast cancer bloggers this week and discovered we all use blogging as a great way to deal with being awake at night. Sometimes I can clearly identify...
September 23rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More