Attitude About Platitudes

Since then, at an uncertain hour, That agony returns: And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns.       –Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner These last few weeks, I’ve noticed an onslaught of judgment on social media where cancer patients, including those who are metastatic, have been slammed for being […]

Does God Give More Than We Can Handle?

Cliche: A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. Cliche of the Day: God never gives you more than you can handle. Is that true? And is God even responsible for our adversity? A Thoughtful Response Let’s start with the assumption that God bears full responsibility for everything that happens to us […]

Happy Holidays

Wishing a happy holiday and new year to all. To those who celebrate Christmas, have a very merry. To those who celebrate with Chinese food and a movie, gut yontiff. I just want to share a bit of exquisite beauty. My son, Daniel, just got back from a trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah. Below are […]

Komen and the Metastatic Community

Komen is nothing more than a glorified event planner, hosting races and events, raising lots of money. Good times! Despite its slogan, “For the cure,” very little of that money is allocated toward research. Beth Caldwell, who writes the Cult of Perfect Motherhood blog, just came back from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium where she met with a representative from Komen […]

Hair and Other Waking Things

Insane, I know, but after a long slumber, my hair woke up. Five years after my last chemo, new hair is growing back, again. Of course, it grew back earlier on. I posted a photo journal here. Apparently I’m not done. Around Thanksgiving five years ago, I had the last drip of Taxol that would signal the […]

The Eat Pray Love of Cancer

In follow-up to my Mythical Cancer Survivor post, there’s a similar phenomenon that’s not so much mythical as it is rare: the Eat Pray Love Survivor. After treatment and landing in the NED zone, this person trades in her old life for a complete makeover. She quits her soul-sucking job, moves to a beautiful island with occasional world travel to bask in […]

Bad Things Happen to Good People

A co-worker’s son is seriously ill with a rare disease. Three surgeries later, he’s in the ICU with unexpected complications. When his mother was last in the office, she said, “He’s a really good person. He has all that good karma so that should help him get better and not be a statistic, right?” I nodded my […]

De-Pinked and Beige Like a Head in Sand

Feeling pink fatigue? I don’t know about you, but I’m happy with my head in the sand, at least through October. I wrote a few pink posts last year, and reposted one this year. The links are at the bottom of this post. The only thing I can add in 2015 is I see Komen listening to some […]

Open Letter to Be Bold Be Bald Campaign

October 16 was Be Bold Be Bald for 2015, an annual event to raise money to support cancer patients by asking people to buy and wear flesh-colored caps for a day and mimic baldness in honor of cancer patients. I’m a day late because I tried to block it out, but each year it bothers me to no end. […]

Cancer Girls with Big Mouths

“It’s cancer this and cancer that.” My friend spoke of a woman she knows who’s a survivor. “Cancer has become her identity. She’s the cancer girl. It’s been ten years. I feel like telling her: Get over it!” Whenever two women vent, there’s an implicit agreement that we are here to affirm each other. That moment in the conversation […]

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