Archive for the ‘Everything Changes’ Category

Too Lazy to Exercise?

Too Lazy to Exercise?
After climbing the stairs to the L platform I am so out of breath, I can’t talk.  This is pathetic.  Aside from having two tumors in my neck, which have no impact on my lung capacity, I’m not sick.  I’m just lazy. I’m a skinny, out of shape weakling.  I hate to exercise and I always have. ...
February 19th, 2012 | Blogs-contributors, Everything Changes, Featured Article | Read More

Fear of Pain Killers or Pot?

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I’m no angel.  In high school I smoked a lot of pot and hash.  A straight-A student, who rarely smoked on school days, I felt completely justified getting bake on the weekends. I wasn’t looking for a mellow buzz; I loved getting completely messed up.  I had a blast being stoned with my best friend,...
March 19th, 2011 | Everything Changes | Read More

Ever Disobeyed Your Doctor’s Orders?

Ever Disobeyed Your Doctor’s Orders?
When it comes to following prescription drug dosing and directions, I’m like a teacher’s pet.  I’m terrified of potential drug side effects – almost to a neurotic and paranoid level.  And I do exactly what my doctor says.  But many patients don’t or can’t.  Especially with the economy...
August 16th, 2010 | Blogs-contributors, Everything Changes | Read More

Has Cancer Stolen Your Private Space?

Has Cancer Stolen Your Private Space?
Some people feel their body doesn’t belong to them anymore during illness; it belongs to the doctors.  With cancer, I didn’t just surrender my body,  I also relinquished the privacy of my home. During surgery and treatments, my mom traveled to San Francisco and moved into my studio apartment. ...
November 6th, 2009 | Blogs-contributors, Everything Changes | Read More

What’s Your Cancer and Religion Connection?

God talk is embedded in a lot of cancer conversations: “It is all a part of God’s plan.” “The universe is trying to tell me something.”  “God doesn’t give you something you cannot handle.” (Major puke on that one.) “I’ll say a prayer for you.”  These exchanges are so common...
October 28th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Addicted to Your Illness?

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I have spent the last six years reading, researching, and writing about cancer.  I am so fulfilled by this work, but sometimes I wonder if it is always the healthiest choice of how to spend my time. My cancer has never been in remission and it could be with me for a long while yet. Cancer is an uninvited...
October 26th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Know About Your Doc’s Private Life?

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I injured my knee while napping on Wednesday.  (Who gets injured napping?)  Still super painful on Thursday, Shannon pushed me into my doctor’s office in a wheelchair.  The cause of the pain is still a mystery.  We joked with my doc that it’s H1N1 in my knee, or a very new and original...
October 22nd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

How Smart Is Your Favorite Organization?

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Bigger isn’t always better.  More isn’t always better.  Louder, snazzier, cuter, more prolific isn’t always better.  But I think smarter IS always better. I was recently asked how I decide what organizations I donate to.  A few years back the head of the American Cancer Society blew me away. ...
October 20th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

How Do You Handle Fear?

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Fear is something I have experienced much of in the last nine years since my diagnosis, and my feeling is that it is not something that I “surmount” or “overcome”, but something that I go “through”.  It is not always pleasant, and coming out on the other side is...
October 15th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

How Do You Decide Where to Donate?

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I was recently asked how I decide what organizations to make donations to.  Here’s my answer: I try to remove my emotions from the equation and not focus on my cancer story. Instead I look for a bird’s eye view on the situation.  I act like a business person making good investment decisions. ...
October 15th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More