Nine Loads of Crap and a Prayer

I’ve started a new category warranted by this post. It’s not that we pay much attention to the categories themselves, but still. In keeping with the hiking theme, the new category is entitled: Horse Shit: Watch Your Step Literal horse shit occasionally crosses my path when hiking, but b.s., or in this case, h.s., is […]

Survivor Poll

This post is not a rant against the term “survivor.” I’m well aware that many within the cancer community are not comfortable with that tag, even when deemed cancer-free. I respect that. While I’m not necessarily attached to the word myself, I understand the choice is one of semantics. As a writer, I’m keenly aware […]

The Good Cancer

Ever hear you had the good cancer? I’m certain you’ll agree that while breast cancer is many things, “good” isn’t one of them. What’s good is the diagnostic equipment that makes it easier to detect malignancies earlier than most other cancers. That, however, is a reflection on the tools, not the cancer, and some of […]

San Francisco Gets Brain Fog

If it’s good enough for San Francisco, it’s good enough for me. I’m talking about that thick cloud of haze that blows through and limits visibility. I’ve always felt a special kinship with the City by the Bay, but now more than ever since we bonded over the misty stuff. True, my brain fog is […]

Brave

Ever notice the comments people make when extraordinary hardship befalls another? They might say, “You’re so strong, so brave.” In the unfortunate person’s absence, those words translate differently: “I could never go through that!” My response? It’s not like so-and-so had a choice, decided they could and volunteered. Who knows why we get cancer, but […]

Magic School Bus Inside the Chemo Brain

Anyone remember the Magic School Bus book series? It features quirky Ms. Frizzle, a teacher who makes science fun through hands-on learning, such as shrinking the school bus so she could take the kids on a tour inside the human body. I can’t help but wonder, What would happen if Ms. Frizzle took her students […]

Tale of Two Cancers

Flashback to the spring of 1990. My mother had just turned 57. After a routine mammogram, she received the gift of a diagnosis that saved her life — ductal carcinoma in situ, which is to say, cancer confined to one of the ducts in her breast that was not invasive. In fact, the lump was […]

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 […]

Chemo: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Who knew chemo not only attacks cancer cells, but works on other areas, too? And all for the price of one. Once I finished treatment, I was surprised at how unrelated areas of my body were affected, and I don’t mean the usual things like fatigue, chemo brain, hair. For instance, I had a routine […]

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