Archive for September 2013

A letter to myself a year ago

A letter to myself a year ago
Dear Kerri, Tomorrow you’ll go to the Emergency Room because your doctor will tell you to. You’ve been worried all weekend about the blood in your urine. Really worried. You’ve been online and all you can see is that blood usually means a UTI. Sometimes runners have blood in their urine. Rarely, it means bladder... Read more »

Sucking It Up: Three Ways to Prevent Cancer

Sucking It Up: Three Ways to Prevent Cancer
Last night I told my cancer support group that I smoked before I was diagnosed with cancer. It’s hard to look into the eyes of people, some of whom are very sick, all of whom have suffered more than I have, most of whom have never smoked and talk to them about smoking. It’s been... Read more »

Funerals are for us, not them

Funerals are for us, not them
I’ve been thinking about funerals lately. Not because I want to, mind you. Just because people I know have been dying. And a few are in the wings. I guess we all are. A friend died a few months ago, and his family didn’t have a funeral because he didn’t want one. I get that,... Read more »
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Membership in a Support Group Isn’t Free

Membership in a Support Group Isn’t Free
I’m a member of and active participant in a cancer support group. It has enriched my life and has helped me find peace in a maelstrom. This group has played a bigger part in my recovery than anything except surgery. (A caveat about this post: I can not talk in specifics about anyone in my... Read more »

Civility, the FYI (if you're a teenage girl) mom, and my online support group

Civility, the FYI (if you're a teenage girl) mom, and my online support group
When my sluggish radar finally picked up on the “FYI (If You’re a Teenage Girl)” blog post that went viral yesterday, I was, I’ll admit it, titillated. I do love controversy. Even more, I love having an opinion and mixing it up with others. I am, after all, a writing teacher, and I teach rhetoric... Read more »

Remission is living in a state of grace

Remission is living in a state of grace
I, and most of my friends who’ve had cancer, choose the word “remission” to describe our situation after treatment when tests find no evidence of disease. I’ve met people who describe themselves as “cured,” but not many. One friend, more than twenty years after successful treatment for a stage four cancer, refers to cancer in... Read more »
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