In Memory of Karen Sutherland

It’s been said that one of the hardest parts of growing old is watching your friends die. The same could be said for cancer patients because we lose so many. On June 15, Karen Sutherland died. Many of you know her as “Karen, TC” for that is how she signed her comments on our blogs. […]

Even Paradise Occasionally Sucks

No place is perfect. Not even Kauai. For me, the imperfection of this island is wrapped up in the tiny, biting insects that leave huge, itchy welts. Mosquitoes. Gnats, aka noseeums, because they bite even when you no see ‘um. It’s said that 1 in 5 people are particularly susceptible to insect bites. I am one. It’s […]

Hawaii Move, Part 2: Beyond Survival

Imagine. Getting away from it all. Moving to an island in the middle of the Pacific. Starting over. Some of you may dream of it, but offered the chance to do it, would you? I know it wouldn’t appeal to many, especially those who have family, long-time friends, and solid jobs right where they are, […]

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski #NationalPoetryMonth

In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m sharing one of my favorite poems, The Laughing Heart, by Charles Bukowski. This poem was pinned to my refrigerator to inspire me to stay alert to the time when “the gods will offer you chances.” I knew I needed a change, especially post-cancer when my compromised energy left little […]

Hawaii Move, Part 1

Big changes are about to happen in my life. It’s no secret. You already know from this post’s title that I’m moving to Hawaii. I’ll be on the island of Kauai, which I posted about last year. It seems ironic that this would be happening to me. It wasn’t that long ago I wrote a post about the Eat […]

Anti-Cancer Club Book Talk #cancerbookclub

If you’re not familiar with the Anti-Cancer Club, I hope you will be. It’s a wonderful resource for cancer patients and survivors. One Sunday a month, the Anti-Cancer Club sponsors a book club via video chat featuring cancer-related books. The software allows you to choose whether to be visually and/or audio hidden, just in case you’re […]

Hawaii Photos

Nothing like a cold January day to motivate me to finally post my vacation photos. To recap, I spent two weeks in Hawaii in September/October. First, I spent two days in Oahu visiting friends. The rest I spent in Kauai where my son and his wife now live. First, here’s me with my son and daughter-in-law. […]

Last Minute Gift for Sick People

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate. If you’re going nuts scrambling for that last-minute gift, here’s a suggestion. I just received this Hanukkah gift from my daughter. This seems a perfectly lovely gift for a cancer patient, caregivers, or anyone who’s sick. Even sick of life. As the ad says, “Release your anger by […]

Post-Election Self Care

Feeling stressed out since the election? I know I am. Emotions run high on all sides of the political spectrum. Facebook and other social media feel like venting pots for anger, grief, and blame. Petitions and calls to action fill my inbox. Voicing our concerns and indignation is important, but I’ve had to pull back. […]

Mental Illness: Not a Joke #mhblogday

In honor of Mental Health Blogging Day, I’m going to veer from my usual cancer-related posts and tell you a story that left a deep mark on me. Many years ago, I loved a good and gentle man named David. Beautiful inside and out, he was intelligent, talented and had a good sense of humor. […]

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