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Ok, So Who’s To Blame?: Explaining Cancer to Yourself–Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 28, 2014 by

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My friend’s son–somewhat of a haphazard student throughout high school–landed himself a spot in the class of 1996 at none other than Harvard University. I had to know more about this. “John,” I asked, “What do you think you did, maybe outside of school, maybe in extracurricular activities–I don’t know–that got you into Harvard?” “You […]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Startling Consequence of Early Abuse

October 27, 2014 by

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Clearly growing up with abusive parents is no great shakes no matter how you look at it. Early abuse has been correlated with later-life depression, stunted brain development, anxiety, alcohol abuse–and I’m just getting started. But, even knowing how damaging early childhood abuse is, a study caught my eye that surprised me, and brought home […]

Embracing Pain: An Alternative Way to Deal With Your Symptoms

October 26, 2014 by

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“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.” ~ Dean Koontz, Velocity The discomfort relief industry is a multibillion-dollar one. There are medicines to relieve headache, stomach distress, sore throats, back spasms–seems like if there’s a complaint, there’s a medicine meant to treat it. But I can’t […]

Don’t Go It Alone: Illness and Connectedness

October 17, 2014 by

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I’m the only one in my family with a green thumb. I’ve got foster plants from almost every relative, which I’ve nursed back from the vegetative graveyard, and they’ve taken over my house. My husband is quite tolerant of it, given that they infringe on every reading space he tries to carve out for myself. My […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15, 2014 by

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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 […]

Quiet Doesn’t Come After The Storm: Post-Cancer Depression

October 6, 2014 by

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  To use, granted, the lower end of the statistical range, at some point in their lives 10% of women and 5% of men, if left to their own devices, will develop depression. But, according to the American Cancer Society, a whopping  25% of cancer survivors will develop the illness. And that doesn’t touch the post-cancer anxiety. Psycho-oncologist […]

Getting Good And Angry: How Expressing Anger Just Might Help When It Comes To Cancer

September 22, 2014 by

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Here’s one that screamers, hair-pullers, and dish-throwers alike will appreciate: Turn’s out it’s good for your health to express your anger. Now that may very well be one of those annoying things people come up with as they’re telling you how to live your life, now that they’ve co-opted that right, seeing as you have cancer. […]

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