More About M.E. #ME/CFS

So what’s the difference between cancer-related fatigue and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)? This post hardly presents an exhaustive definition or exploration, but a core symptom, and one which differentiates it from cancer fatigue, is post-exertional malaise (PEM). A quick Google search defines it as, “a key symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) that causes […]

Ruins #ME

It’s been a while since I posted. I wanted to share an article I had published in the ME Action Newsletter called RUINS. While ME is basically what you know as chronic fatigue, unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that. ME/CFS afflicts many of us who have undergone cancer treatment. Certainly that is the case for me […]

My Article on SHARE: Coping with Chemo #triplenegative

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is March 3. Since I’m a Triple Negative survivor and in honor of the day, SHARE Cancer Network posted my article on Coping With Cancer. Hope you enjoy! Eileen: Coping with Chemo

“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

I recently read, “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir is written by a chief neurosurgeon resident who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer before he finished his residency. I’m not giving any spoilers, although the reviews and book descriptions don’t hide the fact that the memoir was published posthumously. Some choice gems […]

Survivors and the Holocaust

Yesterday was Holocaust Rembrance Day. I’m reposting from three years ago, but first this excerpt from Elie Wiesel from his book, Open Heart, which he wrote after having heart surgery: Illness may diminish me, but it will not destroy me. I don’t believe Mr. Wiesel referred to his physical body when he said it would not […]

Toxic Relationships

It’s a gift to have a supportive spouse/partner, but illness or other pressures bring out a person’s true colors, for better or for worse.  Toxic relationships can exist in many forms besides romantic unions. It can be a friend, relative, co-worker or boss as we’re well aware these days. Many people who go through cancer […]

2017: Adventures in Reinvention

Here’s the thing about reinvention — it’s a pain in the ass. No, really, it takes a lot of work, focus and exploration. People love throwing around the word “reinvention” as in: After going through months/years of cancer hell and not recognizing the image in the mirror, I’m going to reinvent myself. I’ll make a […]

Let’s Build A Wall

What if we built a wall? Make no mistake. I’m do not mean 45’s wall, but before I go there, let me back up. Like all of us, I’m saddened at the passing of Scorchy Barrington (The Sarcastic Boob), who died November 15. Beth Caldwell (Cult of Perfect Motherhood) died November 2. These are just November’s breast cancer […]

Goodbye, Beth Caldwell #forbeth

Most of you reading this are familiar with the incomparable Beth Caldwell, who died on November 2 from metastatic breast cancer. I could go on about her indomitable spirit and fierce advocacy, but most everyone within the breast cancer community is well aware of Beth who has always had our love and esteem. I first […]

When To Stop Fixing Ourselves

You know how irritating it is when others try to help with their quick-fix solutions to our complex medical problems? What a shock when I realized I incessantly try to fix myself. Of course I want to feel well and improve quality of life, but when is it time to stop fixing? When I finished treatment, […]

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