Archive for April 2013

Is your doctor’s age a factor?

Is your doctor’s age a factor?
It’s hard to choose a doctor, and you’d be right to consider everything from education to experience and specialty to board certification. But the personal things matter, too–temperament, bedside manner, gender. Is your doctor’s age a factor? I’ve reached the age, it seems, when many of my doctors are younger than I thought it was... Read more »

Roger Ebert's gratitude was profound: "the period of in-between"

Roger Ebert's gratitude was profound: "the period of in-between"
My husband and I have an inside joke that involves Roger Ebert. Whenever we have folks over for dinner and there’s a lull in conversation, Tom says, “Kerri, tell everyone about your ‘thumbs way up’ idea.” He says this to tease me because I once did my thumbs-way-up schtick at a dinner party and stopped... Read more »

Death may come invisible or in a holy wall of fire

Death may come invisible or in a holy wall of fire
“Death may come invisible or in a holy wall of fire / In the breath between the markers on some black I-80 mile / From the madness of the governments to the vengeance of the sea / Everything is eclipsed by the shape of destiny.”  Bright Eyes Though my world has contracted lately into the... Read more »
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A Patient Navigator made cancer possible to bear

A Patient Navigator made cancer possible to bear
There are people along the way who make the experience of having cancer possible to bear. Before I became active in my online support group and before I even knew about the Cancer Support Center , I was pretty much stumbling along and bumping into walls. Early on, in shock, numb and scared, all of my attention... Read more »

Send Kristin to Kona: Living a Life With Cancer

Send Kristin to Kona: Living a Life With Cancer
On one hand, Kristin McQueen is living a life with cancer that embodies courage. She is a hero. On the other, Kristin McQueen is living a life with cancer the only way she can. Kristin runs. Actually, she swims and bikes and runs. She dreams of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2... Read more »

RIP Roger Ebert: here's hoping you're enjoying 'Citizen Kane’ and vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream,

RIP Roger Ebert: here's hoping you're enjoying 'Citizen Kane’ and vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream,
Turns out the whole damn week has been about death. And cancer. And living well. Roger Ebert died yesterday at 70. He had thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer cost him two things he loved: eating and talking. He suffered through surgeries and treatments, the suffering and indignities that cancer brings. Yet, he became more fierce, writing... Read more »
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This isn’t about cancer; it’s about Maurice Sendak

This isn’t about cancer; it’s about Maurice Sendak
Sorry to go off topic. Yesterday’s post about death and books about dying got my mind wandering and I stumbled across an interview (written by Emma Brockes) with Maurice Sendak just before he died. It’s published in the November/December issue of the Believer and an excerpt appears in the March Harper’s. So, this post isn’t... Read more »

We need to do death better

We don’t do death very well in this culture. We corral it, put makeup on it, assign stages to it, and then lock ourselves in the closet to weep. We don’t know what it looks like or feels like, how to talk about it, or listen to others talk about it. We need to do... Read more »