Things People Say at Funerals

It hasn’t even been two months since my dad’s funeral. Stuff surrounding those horribly difficult days is still fresh in my mind. So before my memory gets cloudy, I thought it might be interesting to write about things people say at funerals, or specifically, what people said to me at my dad’s funeral. I am interested in hearing what’s been said to some of you too. My intention is not to make this into one of those, things not to say, posts. Maybe one of those will come later. Rather, this is merely an observational sort of post. I’m just sharing some random things said and also my reaction. (more…)

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Another Cancer, Another Specialist, Another scar…

Right off the bat, I want to say this new cancer is nothing to worry about. It is, or was, merely a pesky skin cancerous growth. And as skin cancers go, it was merely of the basal cell carcinoma variety. Basically a nuisance, a low on the totem pole sort of cancer. But still, it’s another thing to worry about. It’s another dart thrown by cancer that literally hit the bull’s eye, my face, and it might not be a serious sort of cancer, but nonetheless it is another cancer, another scar and yet another specialist to add to my ever lengthening list of medical specialists. Ugh… (more…)

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Nancy’s Point Turns Six!

I have now been blogging for six years. Wow. Six years. Sort of unbelievable even for me. I started blogging right after Labor Day probably because as an educator at heart, September is the real start of the new year as far as I’m concerned. So it just made sense for me to start then. After my cancer diagnosis, it became too difficult for a variety of reasons for me to continue teaching, so I started writing and blogging. It’s still work, but I get to do it while staying in the comforts of my home. Do I miss teaching? Yes. Sometimes. But life is about changing and adapting, right? I continue trying to do both. I’m sure you do too. (more…)

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It’s Time for My Blogging Break…

August is fleeting. Do you feel that familiar sense of August urgency again? As another summer winds down, you might suddenly realize you didn’t get as much done this summer as you planned, right? Or maybe that’s just me, ‘cuz I sure didn’t. It’s back to school time, days are getting shorter, the Halloween stuff is back in the stores and so on. For me, August also means it’s time to take my annual blogging break. In August I take a couple weeks off from the blogging end of things anyway to do some reflecting, some goal setting, some writing, some reading, and hopefully some relaxing too. (more…)

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Hierarchies & Walls in Breast Cancer Land

A series my friend the Cancer Curmudgeon has written titled, “The Disease Olympics,” has given me the nudge I needed to finish writing this post. Check out Part 1 of her series and then follow the links to Parts 2 and 3. All are well worth a read. I’ve been sitting on my thoughts for this post for a while and finally, this seems like a good time to finish it and put it out there. My mind is still clouded by grief, so hopefully I won’t regret this decision later. As always, my intent is to open further dialogue, not to step on toes. (more…)

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