August Stuff & a New Book Update

In years past, I have taken a little blogging break in August and this year will be no different, so there will be a little lull on the blog for a week or two or three as far as new posts go. However, there won’t be an actual writing break involved for me because I am planning to put the final touches on my next book and hopefully get it ready to publish. I am aiming for October for obvious reasons I guess, but we’ll see how things go. It’ll be finished whenever it’s finished. I would love to know your thoughts on my title. Here it is:  Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person Either:  A memoir about cancer as I know it.

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Saying Goodbye to a Dear Old Dog

When the life of a dear pet nears its end, you often hear it said that you will know when it’s time. You will know when it’s time to do the right thing. You will know when it’s time to let them go. You will know when it’s time to euthanize. I’m not so sure this is always true. Sometimes it’s a tough call. Sometimes you have to make the tough decision even when you don’t know for sure if, in fact, it’s time. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can. Sometimes there aren’t clear-cut answers. Death doesn’t work that way. (more…)

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Our Other Cancer Companions

In a recent newsletter, I invited subscribers to send me some photos of their special non-human cancer companions. My dogs Elsie and Sophie have been such special eye witnesses and secret keepers for me and I thought what a great chance for us all to share more about these wonderful creatures who come into our lives when we are at our most vulnerable. So thank you to those of you who sent me photos. I loved looking at every one of them. I whittled things down a bit and picked a few to share based on who sent them in first. I would be more than willing to do this again sometime down the road if there’s interest. So let me know. I love involving you, my dear readers, whenever I can.  (more…)

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After a Cancer Diagnosis, Ten Strategies for Summer Self-Care

For many of us summer is in full swing; in fact, we’re into the home stretch of summer already. (How did this happen so fast?) This means there are tons of things going on and plenty to keep us busy. It seems there is a tendency for some of us to try to pack a whole lot, often too much, into summer months. And during the second half of summer, things can get more hectic once the back-to-school frenzy and August urgency sets in. Hence, the temptation to over-do stuff, especially outdoor stuff, is always there. I don’t know about you, but I am finding that since cancer, how I “do summer” has changed too.   (more…)

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