Archive for July 2013

Life after cancer: learning to be lighter

Life after cancer: learning to be lighter
If you’ve read this blog once or twice and don’t know me personally, you might not guess that I sometimes struggle to take things seriously enough. I’ve never been short of intensity or passion, but I’m usually the first one to make a smart-ass comment during a meeting. There was the time when I was... Read more »

Being a parent with cancer: when your caregiver is your child

Being a parent with cancer: when your caregiver is your child
From the time of my diagnosis through the end of treatment, the person closest to me in space and time was my daughter. Not only had I never imagined having a serious illness, but I never dreamed that my teenaged daughter would be the primary witness to the slings and arrows of my struggle with... Read more »

Cory Monteith: Trying hard to die while others struggle to live

Cory Monteith: Trying hard to die while others struggle to live
I can’t stop thinking about Cory Monteith, who died of a heroin and alcohol overdose last Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room. My family and I have loved, and in more recent seasons hated, Glee. As the character Finn and as a celebrity, Monteith alway seemed particularly winning to me because he seemed humble and... Read more »
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Cancer in the Media: Loving and Hating Grey’s Anatomy

Cancer in the Media: Loving and Hating Grey’s Anatomy
I started watching Grey’s Anatomy a few months ago, starting with Season One. I’m now well into Season Five. Some days this medical soap opera grates with its shallowness masquerading as big ideas. But, other days the show brings me to my knees. In one scene, a patient has to be conscious during surgery and... Read more »

Cancer and lingering anxiety

Cancer and lingering anxiety
My mail was delivered at 9 p.m. last night. An odd occurrence. Maybe the mailman is avoiding the heat. I picked up the neat bundle and hoped for real mail. All I found was advertising and a letter from a doctor’s office, which contained a referral for my next cystoscopy. The quarterly cycle of anxiety... Read more »

Best of Chicago: the Metra Electric

Best of Chicago: the Metra Electric
ChicagoNow Bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans. My husband and daughter and I... Read more »
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Coping with Cancer and Anxiety: Breathing, Relaxing, Being

Coping with Cancer and Anxiety: Breathing, Relaxing, Being
People with cancer experience anxiety in every imaginable form. Sometimes it’s a siren scream and other times it’s the irregular drip of a faucet. Anxiety is intrusive and distracting. It grinds away and swallows. If there were a competition for the worst part of having cancer, anxiety would win hands down. Anxiety has been a... Read more »

Eating for cancer: food is love and food is healing

Eating for cancer: food is love and food is healing
The loving and healing properties of food are twofold. When you’re feeling powerless, watching someone suffer from illness or suffer with grief, cooking and feeding is empowering. And, it literally meets a need by providing nutrition and sometimes by providing healing. Growing up in a Baptist preacher’s family, I learned at a very young age... Read more »