Articles By: Kairol Rosenthal

Kids, Tweens, and Teens Handling Your Cancer?

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I’ve been really into reading young adult fiction lately – less taxing on my brain after a long day of writing.  I love recalling the mindset of my middle and early high school years when everything around me was either cool or completely embarrassing.  It was a pretty narrow focus, one that...
September 21st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Have You Ever Seen A Therapist?

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When I lived in San Francisco, nobody batted an eyelash at dropping into casual conversation mention of a trip to their therapist.  “Oh, I had a really great breakthrough at my therapy session yesterday” was on conversational par with telling someone “I tried a fantastic new recipe for kale...
September 18th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Has Illness Wrecked Your Relationship?

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Grass is always greener on the married side of the cancer fence.  Or is it?  Here’s a quote from Katie Smith, who I interviewed while researching Everything Changes: “I learned about my diagnosis in the recovery room after waking up from an operation and learning they had done a hysterectomy. ...
September 14th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Reaching Your Breaking Point?

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I got an email last night from a cancer patient.  She asked that I not use her name.  So I’ll call her Mia.  She wanted me to pose a question to you: “The day I received my fourth diagnosis, I called my mother on the phone balling, crying. I could barely talk.  ‘How f***ing strong do I have...
September 11th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Listen to my interview today on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross: live or on the podcast archives. Also, read my weekend post about about what it feels like to so often be called ’strong’. Read the original: Fresh Air with Terry Gross Please check out Kairol’s book “Everything...
September 8th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Like Being Called Strong?

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My mom and dad drove to Chicago for an impromptu Labor Day weekend visit.  My mom sat by my computer this morning as I checked my email.  We began a conversation about Wendy Harpham’s blog post on “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Cancer not only sucks for me, but it hugely sucks...
September 4th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Have You Ever Fired A Doctor?

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I was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday about when you know it is time to ditch your doctor. For me the answer hinges on what kind of doctor it is: primary care physicians (PCP) versus a specialist. I’m actually much more stringent about my PCP, and much more lenient on my specialists....
September 3rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Have You Ever Fired A Doctor?

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I was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday about when you know it is time to ditch your doctor. For me the answer hinges on what kind of doctor it is: primary care physicians (PCP) versus a specialist. I’m actually much more stringent about my PCP, and much more lenient on my specialists....
September 3rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Mourning As A Young Adult?

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Rick Gribenas is an artist and lymphoma patient quoted throughout my book Everything Changes. I’ve become friends with his wife Charissa since Rick’s death this past spring.  In addition to starting an organization, BRICKS, she’s been writing about her real time experience as a...
August 31st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Did You Reinvent Your Identity to Accommodate Illness?

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In 10th grade chemistry I created 40 phonetic spellings of my first name, chose Kairol, and it stuck. (I was born with the Mrs. Brady spelling. And yes, in 1987 you coul make up whatever name you wanted and slap it on a drivers license.) So, I got curious when I recently learned Matthew Zachary, founder...
August 27th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More