Archive for October 2014

A perfect day is a quilt of perfect moments

“Sun comes up, the world goes round and round / There’s no bad luck, it’s just the luck you found”  Lyle Lovett We are driven through with imperfection. We come into this world burdened by our genes, haunted by the stories of our parents and grandparents, and confronted by the luck we find. Perfect is momentary... Read more »

After cancer, demons still lurk

After cancer, demons still lurk
When I was about halfway through treatment for bladder cancer, I thought a lot about how much better life would be once it was over. Once it was over, I thought a lot about how much better life would be once I got the “all clear.” Life is much better, and I’m grateful every day... Read more »

National Day on Writing: Writing is power, words matter

National Day on Writing: Writing is power, words matter
When I was little, my brother and I collected glass pop bottles in our wagon and headed to the little store nearby where we cashed them in for a penny apiece. We used the pennies to buy candy. I can still taste the sweet stickiness of Bit-o-Honey as it melted in my mouth and molded... Read more »
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Blog Action Day: inequality hurts women with bladder cancer

Blog Action Day: inequality hurts women with bladder cancer
Bladder cancer is primarily a disease of white men in their mid-sixties and older. Men are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed. However women, and African American women in particular, are disproportionately more likely to die from bladder cancer. At diagnosis women are far more likely to be at an advanced stage.... Read more »

I'm looking for a mom

I’m looking for a mother, just for a few days, like today if possible. Someone who will take care of me, nurture me, make a fuss over me. Not a three-dimensional, real mother. Not a mom with interests and passions of her own, a full-time job, or obligations. Not a mom with illnesses. Not a... Read more »

Cancer isn't one disease: better names mean less harm

Cancer isn't one disease: better names mean less harm
Words pack a punch. When I was told that I had cancer it felt like a fist in my gut. The word is huge and travels along at such speed that it carries with it every image of suffering, every scrap of memory, every phantom that you’ve ever encountered. It was hard for me to... Read more »
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Things I've given up

Things I've given up
It feels like the minute I turned 50, my life became a story of giving things up. Some because we moved from Alaska to Chicago. Some because of aging. Some because of cancer. Skiing. Anchorage has more than 100 miles of groomed ski trails in the city. All free. Most lighted. I miss those cold... Read more »

Modern Day MS offers hope to those who would rather be dancing

One thing I love about blogging is that I’m part of the ChicagoNow community. Our bloggers are a wonderful, diverse assortment of saints and sinners, dealing with life from its joys to its sorrows. And then writing about it. I’d venture to say that most of us think of ourselves as advocates, whether for parents... Read more »