Category Archives: cancer

Bald Woman Rising

The year is 2018. We Americans live in a country divided, our news feeds filled with stories of people judging others based on external factors and taking action against them for it. As I endured the chemotherapy treatments that in … Continue reading

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RELEASE.

This weekend marks an anniversary for our family. One year ago, my son Dylan’s PANDAS symptoms were at their most acute. It was a horrifying weekend in terms of his illness.  Although Dylan had received an anxiety and OCD diagnosis … Continue reading

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On the Threshold of Spring

“How are you feeling?” I’ve come to hate that question. When I know it’s coming, I brace myself for it. I run through potential answers in my head, tossing some aside, tweaking others until I settle upon a response. Like … Continue reading

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Ode to Mon Cher Philippe 6/4/1951-2/5/2018

This tribute was written in the days immediately following the passing of my husband’s stepfather Phil, after a brave battle with cancer. Phil received his cancer diagnosis on the same day I started this current round of chemotherapy, 1/2/18. It was … Continue reading

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Disco Balls & Diana Ross:  A “Coming Out” Party

When we think of a cancer patient, the image of a bald head inevitably is part of that picture. For cancer patients ourselves, hair loss is a reality we must face. Even if we choose to embrace the hair loss … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Things I am grateful for today: Our health insurance. The Dana Farber Cancer Institute doctors, staff, volunteers and donors. That my illness is universally recognized to exist, and there’s a variety of treatment plans with proven success rates, and my … Continue reading

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Trench Vibe

winter winds whip on the front lines of all things health + wealth + being + nothingness + that which lies within mindfulness on steroids, escaping deeply alert and ever watchful, losing sleep focused when it’s called for: track, weigh, … Continue reading

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