We’re Just Not the Same

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  It comes in waves.  All of sudden television and radio ads talking about cancer, all types of cancer. Michael Douglas was just on Oprah talking about his battle with stage-4 throat cancer.  His doctors have given him an optimistic diagnosis.  Douglas says they’ve gotten all of it He also says the entire experience has changed(…)

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  ‘I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.”  That’s what my friend said to me through her grief.  She’d lost a loved one she felt her entire world was spiraling out of control.  She had determined that since she’s experienced this terrible loss, everything else would follow.  Her life would be like a line of(…)

Smiling All the Way

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  Leroy had the best smile. He smiled a lot too.  Even during the cancer years, he found smiling time.  Oh sure, there were days when treatment and procedures swallowed up any hint of a smile.  Those were really tough days.  I knew he was struggling when I couldn’t get him to smile about something…anything.(…)

A Dusty Easter Basket Now

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  Talk about memories, closure and remembering.  Here we are in the midst of another holiday season.  Easter weekend is upon us, Passover is almost half over and just feeling Spring’s wonderful embrace has opened up another page out of my memory album with Leroy. I’m so grateful to have all these moments stored away(…)

Just Between You and Me

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  Al makes a very good point….we need to keep our cancer memories under the surface.  I learned over the last 32 months that when friends asked how I was doing, immediately after Leroy died, they were expecting me to answer describing how hard life was without him.  I would say how much I miss(…)

The Photo Album of Life

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  Making memories.  That’s what life is all about isn’t it?  As a kid growing up, I was lucky enough to be a part of a group who grew up on the same street.  There must have been 30 of us all within a few years of each other and we did everything together. We(…)

Know Your Cancer

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  I was at a luncheon the other day attended by people who have been touched by cancer in various ways.  Some were being recognized for their good work in the fight against the beast.  Some had left their white coats on a hook in the lab and were there to address the group with(…)

Say What?

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  Have we gotten bolder when it comes to standing up for ourselves or our loved ones? Just because it’s the way of the world now, do we have to speak-up or end-up with tire tracks on our backs?!!  It seems that way. Reading your comments and seeing all of these insensitive remarks made in a hospital(…)

YOU COUNT

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No one should ever, and I mean ever, feel like a number, or a medical file, while waiting on care at a cancer center.  If that has happened to you, don’t stand for it again.  Instead, stand-up, find someone who can direct you to a supervisor and complain.  LOUDLY. Cancer may be changing your health.  It may(…)

The Waiting Game

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  The clock is always ticking in cancer world. If cancer is a hereditary concern, it’s just a matter of time before the genes do what they’ve been preset to do and the cancer begins to grow.  In some cases of breast cancer, or colon cancer and others, it’s important to start the check-ups early(…)