Pull Up a Chair….

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  I think it’s time for us to gather at the round table.  I’m talking about all the big cancer movers and shakers in this country…Some leading doctors, researchers, founding fathers of cancer foundations, all the folks who have made a big footprint on this disease and then and most importantly,  include some long standing cancer(…)

“It’s Not What We See…..”

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  Mo, I think it’s safe to say we all hope your friend L comes out of the hospital with the doctors’ shaking their heads, unable to find any cancer.  You know the old saying among oncologists…”It’s not what we see, it’s what we don’t see that worries us.” When we were still new to(…)

Hats Off…Scarves Too!!

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She’s been through many rounds of chemo now and it hasn’t been easy.  Two different kinds of cancer was found in one of her breasts, so you know treatment was fast and furious and now she’s bald.  That’s what so many chemo’s leave as a trademark of treatment. At first, she wore scarves, sometimes hats….these(…)

Strangers, Yet So Alike

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  Two men who don’t know each other.  Two men fighting the beast with every thing they’ve got.  Two of the strongest men I’ve ever met. They were both diagnosed around the same time.  One has colon cancer, the other has leukemia.  Both have gone through extreme steps to stay alive.  Multiple surgeries on the(…)

It’s the ‘Fourth’ For Everyone…

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  There is no summer vacation in cancer world is there?  I was on the highway this afternoon, after some meetings in Baltimore and rolled smack-dab into the beginning of the July 4th traveling crowd.  Folks who figured, “Why not leave on Thursday?  No one will be on the road Thursday.”  Hah…not exactly.  Cars were(…)

When It’s Working for You…

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  A lot of emotion riding on this debate about Avastin. Bottom line….you have breast cancer and you’re taking Avastin.  It’s working.  It’s blasted through all the other therapies you’ve taken and it’s found those cancer cells and it’s killed them.  It’s gone where no other cancer medicine has gone before in YOUR body and(…)

Did You Bring the Lucky Hat?

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  How much does superstition play in your cancer world?  Is it or was it ever a factor? It was in our years with the beast.  We parked on the same level, on the same side of the parking lot at the cancer center for every appointment.  If there came a day when there wasn’t(…)

Don’t Forget to Write….

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  I send an average amount of emails every day.  I try not to stay glued to my computer for hours.  It’s just not a good thing to do.  But it’s fun to say “Hi” and to keep up with friends and family.  I send a few birthday greetings via email, sometimes a serious note(…)

We’re Survivors Too…

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  It doesn’t matter if you feel like you’re going through the motions or if you’re really living again, because you’ve survived the most terrible thing you can imagine.  You’ve lost a loved one to cancer and you’ve lived to fight another day. Waking up to your brave new world isn’t much fun.  It’s filled(…)

How Ya Doin’ All By Yourself?

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  The question came in the middle of a phone call from some one I hadn’t heard from in quite a while.  Since no one has asked me that question in a long time, I really wasn’t prepared to answer it…atleast not in the way it was asked.  It’s been hours now since that call(…)