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Start Making Sense: The Commercialization of Cancer
May 29, 2016
I haven't seen the ad Mike refers to, but I think I would find it objectionable, too. Personification of cancer doesn't really help, does it? I also object to all the fight/war terminology used. Mostly it implies a toughening up, a constant state of readiness to do battle, which, as an eight-year survivor of multiple myeloma would be totally exhausting, if you think about it. I think a more peaceful approach is needed: strengthening the body and mind to do treatments, tests, face the uncertainties in the cancer journey. Yes, of course, I wish I didn't have cancer; who would want to join that club? But we can learn to live with the illness and all that it entails in ...

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Hospitals Establishing Quiet Measures to Promote Sleep for Patients With Cancer
May 22, 2016
This noise-reduction initiative on hospital oncology units will benefit everyone. I was once in a hospital where the floor cleaner/polisher kicked in at 11:30 PM just outside my door. That was the absolute worst, but nurses talking to each other at nighttime still happens. Also, voices seem to carry in the relative quiet of the nighttime in the hospital.

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When Cancer Invites Random Acts of Kindness
February 20, 2016
Random acts of kindness, even when one doesn't feel "in need" of them have a way of multiplying in strange ways. A casual observer might be called to do something similar, the recipient smiles which is good for everybody and contagious, I have found. I once went to New York City with a broken arm and was just amazed at all the help I was offered. It was winter and so many people helped me with my (one-armed) coat and scarf, offering help with luggage, opening doors, offering their stories of being somewhat challenged. I will never forget it.

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Living with MM since 2000
November 04, 2015
Good for you! Great to hear good stories about MM patients.

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Coin Toss: Choices in Treatment
November 04, 2015
This is a really important article. One must weigh carefully the risks an benefits of all treatments. That is why it is so important to be an informed patient. Yes. there are many approaches to treating cancer, and depending on the kind, perhaps many different treatment options. I have chosen to treat my multiple myeloma as gently as possible to allow for a good quality of life. Luckily, my disease seems to have responded to every drug I have taken and is not especially aggressive, was caught and treated early, the stem cell transplant worked with no untoward complications. But even with aggressive disease, I would still weigh carefully my options.

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