Posts Tagged ‘cobra’

Kairol’s Essay On Public Radio

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Listen this week to me on the radio talking about how cancer, and my lack of health insurance, made me into an excellent liar. You can hear it this week online too by visiting the home page for The State We Are In and clicking on “This Week’s Show” next to my picture. Mine is the...
June 14th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Telling Your Kid You Have Cancer

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I have yet to figure out how Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP manages her life as a doctor, cancer patient, author, and mom of three kids. She’s a super warm, kind person too. In the parenting section of my book Everything Changes, I recommend her award-winning book When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to...
June 14th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Widening Your Cozy Cancer Community?

Being a freak in the dating world, wondering how long our futures will last, wresting with fertility, interrupting our work lives, our school lives.  Young adult cancer patients aren’t the only ones who get to lay claim to this nasty package of dilemmas. I get incredible emails from patients who have...
June 11th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

The Perfect Young Adult Cancer Program

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I’ve searched the far corners of the young adult cancer world. If pressed to crown a queen, I’d place the tiara firmly on Heidi Adam’s head.  She’s the founding director of Planet Cancer.  When Heidi speaks, people should listen.  So listen up to what she wrote today: “Yesterday I...
June 9th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Smart Way To Reduce Your Medical Bills

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Warning: None of this is fun, but if you pretend you are Michael Clayton or Erin Brockovich, it helps. The first step to reducing your medical debt is asking your doc or hospital upfront for a discount on your bill. This takes time, chutzpah, and smarts and is worth the work.  Use these stellar how-to’s...
June 1st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Cancer and Greener Cleaners

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I try to reduce my exposure to household carcinogens without entering the territory of enviroparanoia.  I buy products that are inexpensive, free of scary ingredients, and don’t have heavy perfumes or essential oils (I just don’t like the smell).  I also like products that actually work.  Buying...
May 31st, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Cancer and Medical Debt

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Is talking about money just too taboo?  Why in the young adult cancer world do I never ever hear anyone talking about medical debt?  It’s a crying shame because we’ve got plenty of it and it seems that a bit of conversation and education is in order.  Consider these factoids: * More than 35%...
May 29th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Second Opinion on Lab Results

A few years ago, I had my doc ask for a second opinion from a second pathologist, who interpreted lab results differently than what the original lab report read.  This is a big deal when you are talking about cancer.  The words “second opinion” are used during the first weeks or months of cancer...
May 28th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Cancer and ANXIETY

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If you’ve read Everything Changes, you know the saga of my sudden onset cancer claustrophobia.   Since cancer, sitting on an airplane feels to me like the Star Wars trash compactor scene.  I’ve chalked it up to either post-traumatic stress disorder, or the anxiety that can be a common side effect...
May 26th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Sex, Sex, and More Sex

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Mark your calendars. Monday, June 8th, 9 PM, EST for the ‘Sex, Sex, and More Sex’ episode of the Stupid Cancer Show. We will have three experts on air focusing for an entire hour on cancer and sex! I got a great email today from a blog reader who was writing me about some issues down there –...
May 24th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More