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When a Dear Old Dog Has Cancer

As some of you know, my family received the sad news last week that Elsie, our dear old dog, has cancer. And by the way, I sincerely appreciate all the kind comments left on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere. It’s comforting to know so many of my dear readers, pet owners or not, understand how hard this is. Yes, Elsie is ‘just’ a dog. And yes, an old dog at that, but she is a family member no less. (more…)

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Seven Tips for the Newly Diagnosed

After you hear those words, you have cancer, it can seem like the flood gates have opened up because in a very real sense they have. Suddenly, you are forced to deal with countless medical appointments, personnel and procedures. You are poked, prodded, examined, questioned, analyzed and subjected to all kinds of potentially embarrassing, yes even humiliating situations. And not just once, but over and over. On top of all that, you must absorb tons of often-times confusing information, try to formulate at least semi-intelligent sounding questions about all of it and then make life-changing (and often body-altering as well) decisions you never wanted or intended to make. In a nutshell, it’s all over-whelming and then some. (more…)

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The Reminder

Do you ever feel like you’re the reminder, the reminder of cancer? Do you sometimes wonder if your family and friends see you and then immediately think cancer thoughts? Sometimes I feel this way. One of those people I do not like reminding at all about cancer is my dad. He needs no reminders; he remembers far too much. But whenever I visit him, there I am, the reminder daughter. I don’t like being the reminder, the reminder of cancer. I wonder if he thinks about my mom and cancer whenever he sees me now. (more…)

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Transplanting More Than Just Daisies – An Update

Remember that old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words? Of course you do. So in this post I am trying very hard to let the pictures do all the talking, okay, most of it anyway. Some of you, my dear readers, might remember a transplanting project of mine I shared about with you last summer. You can read the details about that project here if you’d like. (more…)

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Post Cancer Diagnosis, Where Is My Epiphany?

Do you ever wonder what great lesson(s) you’re supposed to have learned from cancer? I have wondered. This is another cancer expectation that’s out there and continuously perpetuated. We’re supposed to learn from, and therefore potentially be grateful for, the life “detour” that is cancer are we not? (No) We are supposed to be transformed into a new and improved version of our former selves, right? (not necessarily) (more…)

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