“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 […]

Childhood Cancer Month: Interview with Amy Goldman Koss

I just learned September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I don’t want to overlook this important month before we suffer through next month’s Pink, although I’d take a year of pink if it meant kids wouldn’t know such suffering before they’re fully grown. To highlight kids with cancer, I asked my friend Amy Goldman Koss if she’d […]

500 Dates by Mark Miller (A book review)

Let me say from the start that 500 Dates by Mark Miller has nothing to do with cancer. Its 55 essays explore the dating world of single adults with heart, humor and insight. But stay with me and I’m betting you’ll laugh. Out loud. And hard. That’s because Mark is a funny man. And I should know. I […]

A Facelift for My Site

My site got a facelift. Because sometimes a woman just needs a new look. Actually, this was more of a practical decision. I was happy with the appearance before, but I’d been told by a number of people that my site loaded slowly. It also had other limitations. I have plans for things I’d like […]

Book Review: Getting Past the Fear by Nancy Stordahl

Many of you are familiar with Nancy Stordahl and her wonderful blog, Nancy’s Point. She also wrote a book entitled, Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy. What’s different about Getting Past the Fear is it’s written from the perspective of the patient. Your oncologist and many excellent books will […]

Time on Fire: A Comedy of Terrors by Evan Handler – a book review

Evan Handler is probably best known for his role as Harry Goldenblatt, Charlotte’s husband in Sex and the City.  If you’re familiar with him as an actor, you may also know that he was stricken with leukemia, having had a recurrence and ultimately a bone marrow transplant over the course of several years in his […]

Juicing: A Green & Edible Walk-Through

Since chemo, I’ve come to love juicing. For one thing, it’s a helluva lot more fun. But you already knew that. To be clear, I don’t believe juicing or any one remedy is a cure-all in and of itself. In fact, I feel it’s dangerous when some people tout a particular remedy or eating plan […]

I Sweat the Small Stuff!

The woman at the bank asked, “Has cancer changed you? Do you no longer sweat the small stuff?”Cancer definitely changes everyone whom it touches, but not always in the ways people think. As if we become spiritual goddesses for having survived hell. On the other hand, and speaking for myself, it wasn’t as if I […]

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