Posts Tagged ‘Treatment’

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

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

Random Acts of Cancer Kindness

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During my first cancer treatment I was scared and in pain. I wanted hope and an escape, reassurance and strength. It came in the mail. I received a hand written letter full of empathy and understanding from a guy named Brian. He had suffered from Crohn’s disease and knew what it was like to feel...
October 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Are You More of a Risk Taker Since Illness?

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I often hear that people live more fully after having a life threatening illness, doing things they have never done before. Not me. Since going through cancer treatment, I have a whole new relationship to physical risk. I just cannot stand it. I used to love hiking – scrambling up rocky hillsides,...
September 25th, 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

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

Changing Body Shape – Old Before Our Time?

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You’ve asked for it so here it is: for the next two posts we’ll be dishing on early menopause.  I still get monthly visits from Flo, so I asked Emily Beck to write about this subject and moderate conversation.  Emily is a 30-something diagnosed with ovarian cancer in summer of ‘07...
August 19th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Got any tips and tricks for cancer brain fog?

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I do.  Read this book: Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting The Fog and Getting Back Your Focus by Dr. Dan Silverman and Idelle Davidson. The best trick for cancer brain fog is to learn about it and become empowered. Your Brain After Chemo provides copious information on cancer brain...
August 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Got any tips and tricks for cancer brain fog?

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I do.  Read this book: Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting The Fog and Getting Back Your Focus by Dr. Dan Silverman and Idelle Davidson. The best trick for cancer brain fog is to learn about it and become empowered. Your Brain After Chemo provides copious information on cancer brain...
August 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

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