Archive for August 2013

Annus horribilis: cancer anniversary

Annus horribilis: cancer anniversary
There’s more than one reason that your cancer anniversary is important. With gratitude I see mine as a time for moving on. Since surgery and diagnosis on August 29, 2012, no test has seen evidence of bladder cancer remaining in my body. After my next cystoscopy, quarterly checks will relax to biannual checks. This day... Read more »

Rising from ash: hope in the face of cancer

Rising from ash: hope in the face of cancer
Before moving to Chicago two years ago, I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 14 years. Let me tell you, Alaskans know how live in harsh, relentless conditions. In the snow season 2011-2012, they had just under 134 inches. First snow was in October and the last in April. I have no idea how long it... Read more »

The burden of being positive in the face of cancer

The burden of being positive in the face of cancer
We are bombarded every day with images of how we should feel and what we should look like. We learn from television and magazines that cleaning the house with (name your product) should bring joy. We learn that being good parents is primarily about the kind of diaper that we buy. Not only should we... Read more »
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Talking with my doctor about smoking

Talking with my doctor about smoking
I just got back from a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, where I lived for 14 years. Though Alaska is full of places to see, opportunities for hiking and driving and camping, I concentrated my time and attention on people. Most every meal was spent with friends. I spent a weekend with my book group, had... Read more »

Sunflowers on the cancer journey

Sunflowers on the cancer journey
I was driving down I-290 a few days ago. It’s a typical asphalt and cement affair–bumpy patches, bits of litter. Along the cement divider there are some weeds, but not many, poking up through the gravel. I was struck by the sight of a sunflower, growing alongside a few weeds. Who knows how it got... Read more »