The Friendship Cord

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  Is it important to cut the cord and step away from the friends we made during “cancer time?” So many of us connected with our doctors and nurses and other caregivers as we marched through cancer world.  We saw  some of them on a daily basis.  Some were other patients who walked into the(…)

A Cancer-Keyboard

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  I’ve just discovered my computer is really a “cancer-keyboard.” Take a look at the keys.  ESCAPE…wouldn’t we all like to hit that key and escape from cancer world. CONTROL…we fight NOT to lose it as we stumble through this fight. DELETE….hit that key and all those horrible signs of cancer evaporate instantly. HOME…back to normal…back to(…)

Chemo Brain

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  Chemo brain.  It’s an awful part of living with cancer.  It’s not enough that chemo therapy is so tough on the body. Sure, it kills cancer cells, but while it’s hunting down the bad guys, it’s steam rolling over the good guys too.  I’ll never forget Leroy’s blog, “My doctors are trying to kill(…)

So Many Cars, So Much Cancer

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  I drove up to the Cancer Center this morning and for some strange reason, the traffic was light. I usually figure on at least an hour because as many of you know, traffic in the D.C. area is horrible. One little hiccup on the Washington Beltway and it’s a parking lot.  Head up 95(…)

We’re In This Together

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  I thank you all for your comments from the “Remembering” message. I came to realize a long time ago, as Leroy and I were just beginning our unchartered course through Cancer World, and as he began to write every day, on the “My Cancer” blog, that this was going to be a life changing(…)

Remembering

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  Johns Hopkins honored the memory of those lost to cancer over the past year last night with their second annual “Night of Remembrance.”  It’s a very special evening where friends and family members are invited to gather, sharing their sorrow, but also gaining strength from each other. I was asked to be a guest(…)

A Special Dogwood

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  One of the first things we did when Leroy and I moved to this home was to plant a special Dogwood tree in the front of the property.  I gues it was our way of making the place our own.  We’d remodeled the house, basically to fit Leroy’s 6-foot 5-inch size and the little(…)

Come On Down, Leroy!

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  Every once in a while, a movie gets made about someone who dies and they come back as an angel to earn their wings, or they never really get to heaven because they still have things to do here on earth.  There was “Heaven Can Wait” or “Ghost.” You probably have your own favorite(…)

The Room With the Sad Eyes

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  It is the room filled with sad eyes.  I’d forgotten how powerful it is….what a powerful grip those eyes have on me. I was in the infusion room yesterday at the cancer center at Hopkins.  Sitting there, visiting a friend who was waiting to get his blood results before a chemo treatment.  I’d gotten(…)

Dreams and Smiles

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  This passed my desk today and I thought about how it fits in cancer world. “I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue.” Living with cancer has a way of taking away our dreams.  The future vanishes into the now and we forget about our dreams for tomorrow.  We(…)