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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3, 2013 by


I find that October has a lot going for it as a month. Besides the tree leaves–purple, gold, and red– and  the weather–cool and crisp as a MacIntosh– just this past year, on October 1, a new nephew arrived in my life. It all adds up to energy, energy for a good fight, and that’s […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 2, 2013 by


So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be a survivor of a frightening or horrific public event: the Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2012 by


(credit to AslanMedia) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And it pays to be aware and increase awareness, since breast cancer occurs with staggering frequency, leaving almost no one in the country without some connection it. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes: Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the […]

September is Cancer Awareness Month For Five Cancers. . .

August 30, 2012 by


September is Cancer Awareness Month for: Gynecologic cancer, Ovarian cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Prostate cancer, and Thyroid cancer. Know the facts about each, and think about taking some of the suggested actions to support awareness. As the infographic shows–Cancer touches everyone. It’s important that we take the opportunity these Awareness months offer to learn what preventative […]

Monitoring Melanoma with a Mobile

July 8, 2012 by


Some cancers get a lot of ‘play time,’ whether due to their prevalence, or voracity, or good organization on the parts of their patients. Somehow skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the U.S., gets short shrift in the public eye. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t all around us, with potentially deadly […]

Addendum to Posts on How to Get Support Online–For Any Illness: patientslikeme

July 3, 2012 by


A quick but relevant addition to the posts on online support for medical conditions, if I may (see, for example, today’s “Getting Support for Bipolar Disorder Online,” or  last month’s “Twitter and Mental Health: Getting the Most Out of Your Tweeting Experience” for some mental health examples). Patientslikeme is a support and informational site inclusive of 154,826 […]

The Drug That’s Getting a Second Chance: Thioridazine and Cancer Stem Cells

June 25, 2012 by


Even when still available, Thioridazine was anything but a first-line drug in treating psychosis or schizophrenia–and that was before it was withdrawn from the market. In the class of the first-generation or ‘typical’ antipsychotics, its main purpose was to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia–but the National Institute of Health felt it was dangerous enough that they […]

The Danger of Doubling: Depression’s Impact on a Cancer Diagnosis

May 28, 2012 by


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an astounding 1 in 4 cancer patients will experience depression some time throughout the course of their experience. And certain cancers are even harder hit. According to Derek Hopko, Ph.D, associate professor at The University of Tennessee and co-author of A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Overcoming Depression […]

“Lies, Damn Lies, And. . .”: An Assortment of True Health-Related Statistics

May 26, 2012 by


(image from “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” ~ Mark Twain Twain certainly  had a winning way with the English language, and his famous line on lies and statistics has stood the test of time.  I hate to contradict a man of Twain’s stature, but still–sometimes, just sometimes, statistics […]

But The “Tibetan Monks’ Journal of Cultural Experimentation” Said. . .Taking a Second Look At Your Source (‘Impact Factors’)

May 19, 2012 by


Have you ever found an article so fabulous, new, and ground-breaking that you can’t wait to blog on it, and share with the entire blogosphere this knowledge it seems only you–for the moment–possess? Perhaps it’s the discovery you’ve always longed to hear about, that exercise kills brain cells, or that sugar soda shrinks tumor growth, or […]

End-of-Life Decision Factors: Don’t Forget Your Doctor’s Religiosity

May 14, 2012 by


(picture by luigi diamanti) The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore We spend our lives making decisions that will impact the rest of our days on this earth. We pick a career, select a mate, decide to have children and how many, make lifestyle choices that effect our health,  move […]

A Lotus, A Triangle. . .and A Better Quality of Life: Yoga and Cancer

May 1, 2012 by


I’m a yoga junkie. I practice every day, and never miss my class on Wednesday nights–ever. Had one of my children chosen a Wednesday night for their wedding, I just would have begged off from 7-8:30, manipulated my body into odd configurations, and, returned, none the worse for wear. I even love the Sanskrit names […]


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