Archive for the ‘Everything Changes’ Category

What’s So Funny About Cancer?

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Last week, I was interviewed in a Newsweek article about young adult cancer humor. I’m, not a very funny person. I’m just not. Don’t worry, I’m not being harsh on myself. I think I’m smart, compassionate, and fairly attractive. But, I’m just not very funny. I love to laugh, but my...
August 4th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Everything Changes Book Party, August 6

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Everything Changes Book Party August 6 Columbia, MD One of the best parts of having my book out is the readers I get to meet and become friends with.  A few months ago I had a book party in Washington D.C. and met a great woman Alli Ward. Alli is throwing a house party book bash for me this Thursday,...
August 2nd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Ever get unwanted health advice from friends?

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Here’s a great question I got from a reader living with lupus: Dear Kairol, A number of people are giving me well meaning but downright useless and unsolicited advice about my illness and how I should handle it – diet suggestions, names of new doctors, and how to manage my illness in the workplace.   ...
July 31st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Patients for a Moment

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Patients for A Moment is a blog carnival by/for/about patients.  Every other week Duncan Cross, blogger extraordinare, solicits posts from patient bloggers.  He then features them all together in a singular post on his blog.  Now he is passing the torch.  Twice a month, a new blogger will host...
July 28th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Work When You Are Sick?

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I’m under the weather today.  Trying to get comfy in bed with a fever on a hot summer day.  Trying to peel myself away from my computer and my workaholic tendencies.  Trying to take catnaps while reading Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri’s most recent collection of short stories.  Wondering...
July 27th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Sangria-Flavored Book Signing

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I’ve been busy traveling the East Coast with book readings and parties, but have not had a public reading in my own town yet.  It’s about time I rectify that. i[2]y Chicago presents a stupid cancer book signing of EVERYTHING CHANGES: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and...
July 27th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Peach Cobbler or Brown Rice Syrup? You Choose

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Go green, vegan, raw, buy organic, juice up, chow on berries, ditch sugar. There are anti-cancer diet books, blogs, and products galore that tempt me where it most hurts – the idea that what I eat will make my cancer go away. It’s anxiety provoking, wanting nothing more than to be cancer free...
July 24th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Does Cancer Impact Your Intellectual Self-Esteem?

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I know I’m smart.  And, that I.Q. tests don’t prove a damn thing.  Still I took a cheesy online I.Q. test three years ago just to prove to myself that I’ve got brains.  There’s lots of talk about how cancer affects our body image, but what about how it impacts our mental and intellectual...
July 22nd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Does Making Art Help You Deal With Illness?

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For me, there has always been a strong dividing line between art for therapy sake and art with a capitol A.  The difference is an audience. I gushed my cancer story into 12 journals during treatment.  Scribbling in a notebook was great for getting cancer angst out of my system.  But hammering out...
July 20th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

What qualities do you want in a doctor?

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I was floored when I asked him and he said ‘yes’. I’m talking about my doctor R. Michael Tuttle, MD. We’re appearing together on Sunday on the Group Room radio show. A two-hour radio special all about thyroid cancer and young adults? It’s a prefect match. He’s one of the top thyroid...
July 17th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More