dad and me

I Feel Lost…

Just three months ago my dad was living independently in his own home. In May he transitioned remarkably well into an assisted living facility. Two weeks ago, he began receiving hospice care. And now he’s gone. My dad died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of July 23rd. My heart is broken. I feel lost… (more…)

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Do you prefer receiving medical news via a phone call or in person

How Did You First Hear the Words, You Have Cancer?

Upon reading a recent @BCSM post about results obtained in a research survey in which breast cancer patients were asked how they preferred to hear news of their cancer diagnosis and other ongoing medical information and/or test results (thank you, @BCSM, for wanting our input), I started thinking more about this and wondering how YOU received the news about YOUR cancer diagnosis. Did you hear it in person? Did you hear it over the phone? How did you “want” to hear it and were your wishes honored? (more…)

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15 random things

15 Random Facts, Round Two, & Another Blogging Challenge!

Last July I got the idea, no, I borrowed the idea from my Instagram friend Melissa who came up with the totally fun challenge to share fifteen random facts about herself/yourself on social media. (A little risky, I mean it’s the internet after all, but what the hell, right?) I loved Melissa’s challenge and that post I wrote was so much fun to write and share. It was even more fun to read the posts others wrote and to read comments from readers as well because it’s lovely to learn more about people you meet in the blogosphere, don’t you think? Thank you to all who joined in last time, and of course, thank you, Melissa. :) (more…)

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My memoir

If You Belong to a Book Club, Don’t Miss this Post!

Do you belong to a book club? If so, I would LOVE it if your club would consider choosing my memoir, Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person:  A memoir about cancer as I know it, to read and then discuss at one of your upcoming monthly get-togethers. I am super excited to offer a great discount some FREE books to the first club that selects my memoir and agrees to share with me about how the experience goes.  (more…)

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Be real. Be you.

What Does Telling a Cancer Patient to “Just Stay Positive” Really Mean?

The topic of maintaining a positive attitude during cancer treatment (and beyond) is one that comes up time and time again in Cancer Land. In fact, it comes up everywhere. Society seems obsessed with positivity sometimes, or so it seems to me. But in Cancer Land there is this ongoing theme that no matter what, a cancer patient should always try to remain positive. Why this is, I do not know. I don’t mean to harp on this topic, but… (more…)

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