I’m Still Alive With Cancer, But I Want More
Cancer and COVID-19 took away my yearly “benchmarks” of time, when I fly out to see friends and family.
A Look at Mindset, Optimism in Life After Cancer
As I recover from the traumatic effects of cancer, I’m realizing that success has much to do with mindset and optimism.
I Use a Simple Button to Combat Anti-Maskers, Since Cancer Made Me Immunocompromised
I was shocked at a recent doctor appointment when practically nobody in the office was wearing a mask.
How I Keep My Cancer at Bay
I’m playing the cancer cards dealt to me as best I can, and am trying to stay healthy.
Cancer, Bears and Fierce Compassion
Gender be damned, a mother bear’s “fierce compassion” became my default mode as I cared for my ailing adventure partner and soul mate.
Crying Over a Movie, Cancer and Lost Innocence
“Love Story,” the story about a young woman who falls in love and then dies of cancer, affects me differently now than it did when I was a teenager and no experience with either love or cancer.
Be Kind to Yourself in Cancer Survivorship
I must remember to be kind to myself, and not compare my current abilities to my pre-cancer days.
Honoring Olivia Newton-John, My Cancer Icon
Hearing the news of Olivia Newton-John’s death shocked me. I’d loved this lady since the early 70s. But shock wasn’t the only emotion I faced — along with it came overwhelming sadness and fear.
Cancer Is Like a Hula Hoop, and I Need to Stay Inside My Circle
It’s hard to watch other people fight cancer, but I must remember to stay inside my safe zone — my hula hoop — and only run to aid them when they ask.
An Online Group Helped Me Get Rid of Post-Mastectomy Items I Didn’t Need
I made too many late-night purchases for things that I thought I’d need after my mastectomy. Thankfully, the STOMP group helped me get rid of some of these items.
Does My Cancer Give Me a Pass at Patience?
When my grandmother passed, I noticed my aunt was ruder than usual, and I wondered if I was like that during my cancer experience... and if the pain I was going through excused that behavior.
Parallels Between the Psychology of Money and Life After Cancer
I recently read a book about the psychology of money, and actually related much of the content to my life after osteosarcoma.
Loving People in My Life Could Not Handle My Daughter’s Cancer
Despite how caring they may be, certain people in our life had a difficult time being there for the realities of my daughter’s cancer experience.
Losing My Hair Helped Me Empathize With Others
Losing my hair from breast cancer treatments was an emotional experience for me and helped me empathize with others who also lost their hair.
The Incredible Shrinking Patient With Cancer
Cancer treatment-related osteoporosis caused me to shrink two inches.
No Matter How Bad the Cancer News, Hang on Tight to Hope
After being diagnosed with cancer, hope can be a very fragile thing, but it is essential that we hold on to it.
My Story of Hope After Being Diagnosed With a Cancer I’ve Never Heard Of
I don’t fit the profile of someone who gets diagnosed with mesothelioma, so my diagnosis came as a shock.
My Insights to Cancer Genetics After More Than 20 Years of Brain Tumor Survival
After being a 20-year brain tumor survivor, I met with a genetic counselor and learned that I have a MUYTH gene mutation.
‘I Like to Move It’: How Exercise Helped Me Fight Fatigue and Feel Better After Breast Cancer
I was feeling fatigued after undergoing breast cancer treatment, but once I started walking multiple times a week, I noticed that I felt much better.
Drawing Was a ‘Creative Reprieve’ During My Wife’s Cancer
Drawing helped me stay grounded while my wife was going through cancer treatment.
Emotions Are High After Receiving Good Cancer-Related News
My oncology team and I decided that it was OK to decrease the frequency of cancer-related scans, leaving me both relieved and nervous.
Snake Oil Salesmen Prey on Cancer Survivors and Their Loved Ones
It baffles me that people take advantage of patients with cancer by peddling fake cures.
My Race With Cancer Made Me Appreciate Every Day
Surviving cancer made me thankful for each day. After all, the human lifespan is limited.
Patient Advocacy at ASCO 2022
This year, I returned to the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, where I heard about the latest advancements in cancer care, as well as met with fellow patients and advocates.
Rejecting Breast Reconstruction, Accepting Myself and Going Fabulously Flat
After experiencing complications from breast reconstruction, I’ve decided to go “fabulously flat” and evict my implants.
I Feel Empathy for Those Who Are Abandoned During Cancer
I would be devastated if my husband left me during my cancer experience. Unfortunately, that is a reality for some people.
I’ve Found a New Home With Other Cancer Survivors
As I reflect on cancer survivorship, I notice how important the camraderie with fellow survivors is.
My Oncologist Treated Me Like Family
At first, I was apprehensive about a male doctor treating my breast cancer, but I soon realized that he was treating me as he would his own family members — and that made me realize that I was in good hands.
I Need to Get Out of the Cancer Wormhole
I frequently relive the day I was diagnosed with cancer and realized that I may need to limit my exposure to other people’s cancer battles.
Was I a Good Enough Cancer Caregiver?
As I enter my second year of grief and the shock and fog of the traumatic loss of my wife to cancer has waned a bit, sometimes I see things a little clearer. And one thing I do know, there was something that I did get right.
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