Archive for April 2015

I finally listened to my mother

I finally listened to my mother
Earlier this year I submitted this essay to be considered for the Listen To Your Mother Chicago show, and I was very proud to get an audition. I was not chosen for the cast, but I’m grateful for having participated. The show is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre. Details are here. I can... Read more »

Is it a UTI or is it bladder cancer? How women can tell

Is it a UTI or is it bladder cancer? How women can tell
Sometimes I have flashbacks to August 2012, when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I usually have these when I’m going to the bathroom and I remember what it was like to see the blood. At first it didn’t get my attention. Women get used to seeing blood, and it just doesn’t set off alarm... Read more »

Women and bladder cancer: an interview with the University of Chicago’s Gary Steinberg

I am often struck by the beauty of the language and images used in medical research. This quotation from a paper in the British Journal of Urology about bladder cancer (BC) pierces my heart, “…among patients diagnosed with BC, the burden of the disease is noticeably greater in women than men.”   (E Scosyrev, et... Read more »
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The mistake is trying to live without making mistakes

When I was in high school, I started making “As. For the first time in my life, actually, I started making As. After a year of straight As, making As became the name of the game. My entire focus became achieving a 4.0 at graduation. I was successful. I got the 4.0. I’m still proud... Read more »

Learning from Rita Wilson's cancer: why you should get a second opinion and how to get one

Rita Wilson was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer, but only after initially getting back a benign diagnosis. Read about her story here. A friend encouraged her to get a second opinion, and it probably saved her life. She had a double mastectomy on April 14. Here are my thoughts on why you should get a second... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: sometimes you have to let go of the moment

Resolution Chronicles: sometimes you have to let go of the moment
  A few days ago I was a passenger on a motor coach to Springfield, IL. Three hours there and three hours back. I practiced some meditation and breathing on the way. I did some work. I wrote. I even slept (we left at 5:30 in the morning). But, as much as being in the... Read more »
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5 reasons why I will walk in the Chicago Walk for Bladder Cancer

5 reasons why I will walk in the Chicago Walk for Bladder Cancer
I’m not much of a joiner, at least I wasn’t until I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012. Since then, I’ve come to understand in my head and in my heart how important it is for us to come together in groups. Groups provide comfort and understanding. Groups listen and care. Groups provide strength... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: You know you’re not living in the moment when…..

Resolution Chronicles: You know you’re not living in the moment when…..
The resolution adventure I’ve been on this year has been very rewarding, but I’ve mostly been reporting on successes or the serious side of the struggle. I approach life, generally speaking, with enthusiasm. I’ve been embracing every sort of meditation, breathing exercise, and mindfulness technique I can get my hands on. I’m a very earnest... Read more »

White coat syndrome and 8 things you can do about it

White coat syndrome and 8 things you can do about it
Does your blood pressure spike when you go to the doctor? Do your palms sweat? Does your mind go blank as soon as you sit on the exam table? Do your ears shut down? If so, you probably have “white coat syndrome.” Although I’m usually a pretty outspoken person and go into a doctor’s visit... Read more »
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All you need is love, except when you also need meds

All you need is love, except when you also need meds
I’m a lucky person. I am loved and I love. I have a home and a good job. I have family and friends. Most of the people I meet every day are kind and generous. My health is good. I am in remission with a very good prognosis. I am able to work out and... Read more »