The Hour Glass

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  We think we have so much time in the beginning and besides, we’re so thrown off course by the diagnosis, saying the right things, and having the tough conversations aren’t even a consideration. Then there’s the planning of what comes next.  Will there be surgery, will there be chemo therapy, how will that fit(…)

A Life Changer

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  Cancer deals out the good, the bad and the ugly in generous portions.  and it’s important to talk about all three.  The good is easy.  It’s spelled out in three little letters…N-E-D.  There are no better letters in a cancer spelling bee.  We adjust our lives to deal with  the trauma of the diagnosis,(…)

It’s All About Control

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  Let’s call this day, OUR day.  We’re taking control of the day.  We all know how important it is to stay in control while we’re in a cancer fight.  There are so many new voices stepping in, trying to pull us one way and then another, it’s not unusual to feel like you’re spinning out of(…)

ANGELS RULE!!

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  I never got either one of their names. But I’ll remember them forever.  You never forget the angels in your life, especially when they visit you in cancer world.  It was after midnight, Leroy was hanging on to life by a thread.  I’d held on to his hand so tightly as the O-R nurses wheeled him closer(…)

Friends Forever

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  First things first…Al…you know we are all keeping a good thought in our hearts for you and your wife. It is wonderful news to hear she is improving.  Hour by hour, we can only hope that continues. Laurie Hirth…where have you been?  What a great surprise to “see” you here.  Isn’t it great that(…)

HOPE

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That’s it…it’s all about HOPE!! That’s what makes this all worthwhile.  It’s HOPE. We all have to have it, otherwise why bother with the treatment, with the fight, with being a caregiver or a nurse….or with being a patient? We are in this battle because inside all of us, no matter what hat we’re wearing,(…)

Cancer Nurse, Cancer Friend

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This is a place where we come to talk about how we cope with cancer.  Some of us are in the middle of the fight and some of us have been through the worst of it and are coping with loss.  Have you ever wondered how oncology nurses cope with being in the fight every(…)

He Just Keeps on Living

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What a wonderful face.  He looks a lot like a young Lance Armstrong, lean and fit with a soft smile and a voice that pulls you closer because you don’t want to miss a word of what he has to say.  He knows his medical record better than any doctor.  He can tell you what(…)

It’s NOT Easy to Go There..

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  Did he feel my fingers laced through his?  I was holding on so tightly, trying in my own way to chase away death by pulsing life from my hand to his. Did he hear what I was saying?  I think I was whispering and I’m not sure why.  I should have been screaming, “Don’t die.”  But, I knew death was(…)

Look Into My Eyes

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  Clearly, from the calls and the blog posts, many of us have been rocked by the ‘other conditions’ of cancer. These ‘conditions’ not only touch the patient, but the care-giver is in the bullseye too.  Granted the ‘conditions’ are different than what the patient feels, but they are just as powerful and need attention too. Speaking from experience, depression(…)