Archive for July 2014

Thank you to the first responders

My friend Brenda posted on Facebook the other day that her firefighter husband had helped save a life. He and his shift at the Oklahoma City Fire Department were first responders on a call. Darryn performed CPR and kept a man, a father, on the earth for at least another day. Most people don’t run toward emergencies... Read more »

Weeds among the bricks

Weeds among the bricks
On a good day, when I see a dust ball next to my couch I immediately vacuum it up. On a bad day, like today, I despair at the vast imperfections of the world. On days like today I notice the cat hair that has accumulated on the bottoms of the dining room chair legs... Read more »

There is no "normal" grief

There is no "normal" grief
Since I’ve been relocated to the cancer community, I’ve had more encounters with grief than I imagined were possible. This is what I’ve learned: Grief is a journey. It isn’t a process. It doesn’t have stages. And, there is no “normal” way to grieve. In some part of my brain, I must have known that... Read more »
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5 things people with cancer need from their caregivers

I’ve never been a caregiver for someone with cancer. I’ve only been the one receiving the care and needing it. However, one thing I’m pretty sure about is that people with a brand spanking new diagnosis have very little idea about what they need. I needed attention. I wanted to be left alone. I wanted... Read more »

Traveling and cancer: everywhere I go, there you are

Traveling and cancer: everywhere I go, there you are
Traveling and cancer don’t go together very well. Some of my friends will have ongoing treatments for a long time, frequent blood tests and scans. Leaving their web of physicians and caregivers can be frightening and, even, risky. I’ve always been glad that the folks I know who love to travel work things out. MK... Read more »