You come back, to give back…

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She’s come back to give back.  A young woman who feels fortunate to be alive because of the care and treatment she got at the cancer center. Her treatment was intense to say the least, and there were times when she was miserable from treatment and probably wondered if she was going to see another(…)

You think it’s easy being a “survivor?”

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Damn Cancer. I’m here to tell you it’s not easy carrying around the label cancer “survivor.”  Leroy used to hate that word “survivor” because he always felt it carried so much weight with it. If you were a “survivor” you had to walk the walk of success: YOU beat the beast.  YOU were somehow luckier(…)

We have to do our part….

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Immunotherapy; We’ve awakened our own immune system, with the help of some sophisticated drugs, to recognize cancer as being one of the bad guys and attack with gusto. All these years it really hasn’t been that way.  We’ve tried to kill the beast with poison in the form of chemotherapy or zap it in the form of radiation. (…)

Think HOPE, not Hospice

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So consider this a bit of a vent…For a long time, I’ve been an advocate of retraining our cancer doctors when it comes to saying those awful words to a patient. “YOU have cancer.” We’ve talked about this many times.  That sentence is a world stopper.  Nothing is ever the same again….NOTHING. And I understand(…)

The gift of life…

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She is the picture perfect example of a patient advocate. She was basically told to go home, find a hospice group and die within the comfortable embrace of her family.  Her doctors told her they were out of options.  Her cancer was way ahead of her treatment, she could barely stretch out of her fetal(…)

Watching the calendar…

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When treatment begins and when it ends; two huge days in a cancer patients’ life. Walking into the infusion area for that first treatment is an uneasy time.  Very few patients enter with their heads held high. Instead, body language speaks of fear and hesitation.  They can think of a million other places they’d rather(…)

Past and Present…

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So how did everyone do over the Holidays? Did you go into December thinking, “I can do this.”  “I won’t let all those Holiday memories come rushing in to remind me what I don’t have again this year?” I did. Did it work? Some of the time, but not all of the time.  I had(…)

Hope in 2017

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I guess this is the time to look back over the year and think about the highs and lows and do a little self-correction right? I’ve never been a big resolution girl.  I look in the mirror and see things that need improving all year long, not just on January 1st! This is more of(…)

Power shopping and Holiday wishes…

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So were you in one of those many cars doing laps in the Costco parking lot this morning?  I was there early thinking earlier was better than later….WRONG!  But I powered through the aisles and escaped because it seems at Costco they get it; I mean every register was open and moving. Tis the season(…)