Archive for November 2013

Cancer and narcissism: when good people rank their suffering

Cancer and narcissism: when good people rank their suffering
From snarky comments on Facebook in response to people whose pets have died to my online support group’s recent tussle over whether or not bladder cancer was a “good” cancer, I’ve realized that we sometimes succumb to the desire to hold up our own grief or suffering as the exemplar of all grief. Believe me,... Read more »

Telling cancer's story

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared war on cancer when he signed the “National Cancer Act.” He said that he hoped this would be remembered as his administration’s most “significant act.” Unfortunately for the American people, his most remembered, and probably most significant, impact was a burglary that launched a thousand crimes. In the war against... Read more »

Hoping for a miracle cure for cancer

Hoping for a miracle cure for cancer
Valeta is gone. She didn’t get a miracle cure. She got metastasized breast cancer that spread into her bones and throughout her organs. She leaves a husband and five kids. The cancer did its job with persistence and obsessive forward motion, growing and gaining strength with every new and experimental treatment. The last time I... Read more »
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Confessions of a doctor stalker

Confessions of a doctor stalker
Part of me wonders if surgeons aren’t just serial killers on the right side of the law. Presumably, their projected outcomes are different. When a surgeon puts the knife to you the goal is to heal, while serial killers are aiming to, well, to kill. Nonetheless, surgery is a highly organized and ritualized endeavor involving... Read more »

Food and cancer: 7 essential books

After yesterday’s post about making sweet potato griddle cakes, several people asked me about cookbooks. In the gallery below, I’ve posted the ones I’ve discovered over the past year. Two are about the integrative medicine, laying the groundwork for the importance of food in a healthy life. They may be a bit heavy going but... Read more »

Eating better after cancer

Eating better after cancer
My life has changed in many ways since being diagnosed with cancer. Some of them haven’t been good, but because of the Cancer Support Center in Homewood, many of them have been. Learning about nutrition’s impact on health and cleaning up my diet has been very empowering. I am proud to say that I eat... Read more »
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