Archive for the ‘Cancer Blogs’ Category

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

First Birthday

It has been a pretty tough couple of weeks. I suppose that I am thinking back to last year at this time when we’d found out that Dan’s cancer has metastasized to his liver. It is hard to believe that this blog just celebrated it’s one year anniversary. More than everything else, the...
July 18th, 2009 | Blogs-contributors, Dan Waeger | 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

Do You Care What Caused Your Cancer?

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The notion of writing a letter to a body part of mine has always given me the heebie-jeebies. It reminds me of the scene in Fried Green Tomatoes when the gals crack out mirrors and befriend their coochies. Not up my alley. But this request was different. It came from a fantastic website called Dear...
July 15th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Cancer Wake Up Calls?

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I think there’s an expectation that having cancer is going to make my work, relationships, or goals in life more meaningful or important.  But why? Shannon is going to be a guest on tonight’s Stupid Cancer Show about cancer and the environment.   (He’s an environmental lawyer for the Natural...
July 13th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Eyes in the Back of my Head

My Alopecia saga continues! Seven years ago, I lost my hair to Alopecia Universalis. Last year, my hair follicles began to sprout as if waking up from an altered state! My hair emotions have taken many twists and turns over the past year but now I’m settled into just plain resignation. I’m resigned...
July 12th, 2009 | 4women.com, Uncategorized | Read More

What’s That Smell ??

Throughout my life I have always had a heightened sense of smell. And that sense in particular has always been very connected to my memory. Some of my favorite smells are my Amarige perfume, lavendar, buttercream scented candles, fresh linens, my grandma’s gravy (what we italians called sauce,...
July 12th, 2009 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Young Adult Cancer Science Fair Projects

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I lived a deprived childhood.  I never was part of a science fair.  Seems like everyone else I know had science fairs… maybe my school was just too cheap. I got a chance to make up for it last night as an author at a Chicago literary fair.  The challenge was to make science fair-like projects...
July 11th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

When ‘How Are Your Doing?’ is Not a Simple Question

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Last night was Shannon’s office party.  (Fantastic blue cheese, good shrimp.)  One of his co-workers gave me a seriously long hug, clutched my arm, and looked deeply into my eyes. “How are you?,” she asked.  “I’m great I replied.”  “No.  REALLY.  How are you feeeeeling?,” she...
July 9th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More