Archive for May 2015

Doctors, turn off the television and make your waiting room healthy

I’ve spent more time than I ever imagined I would in waiting rooms. Waiting. And, waiting. I guess that’s why they’re called waiting rooms. Most of the time when I wait I’m anxious and worried, and I’m frustrated if I’m waiting longer than 15 minutes or so. I think most of us are. It’s confounding... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: what will happen tomorrow?

Resolution Chronicles: what will happen tomorrow?
Tonight is our Blogapalooz-hour. Our community manager gives us a prompt at 9 p.m. and we publish exactly at 10. Here’s the prompt: “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not supposed... Read more »

Being grateful for the folks at work

Being grateful for the folks at work
In the weeks following my cancer diagnosis, I took great refuge in my work. Classes and meetings and paperwork and concrete tasks brought me some control and power. These activities made sense in a chaotic world. Effect followed cause. This part of my life was bounded and predictable. Colleagues were warm and supportive, much more... Read more »
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Cancer fraud: stealing money and hope from sick people

Cancer fraud: stealing money and hope from sick people
I choose to believe that the world is mostly a good place. Some days that’s harder than others. Cancer itself throws down the gauntlet, of course. But cancer cells don’t have intent, being true only to their molecular personalities. They simply are. People, on the other hand, have choices. Some people choose to make a... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: the debt of gratitude

Resolution Chronicles: the debt of gratitude
I owe a debt of gratitude that has been accruing interest for many years. Five years ago when I was participating in a couch to 5K class, I often remembered to complain and to beat myself up. I compared myself to the others in the class and felt burdened by being the slowest. When I... Read more »

You've been diagnosed with bladder cancer: seven things to do next

You've been diagnosed with bladder cancer: seven things to do next
To quote Betty Rollin, from the title of her 1976 book, First, You Cry.  And for the record, let me say that crying isn’t a sign of weakness. There is nothing weak about admitting you’re afraid or about expressing your grief and fear. After that, here are seven things to do next. Sign up with... Read more »
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Resolution Chronicles: letting cancer and depression ride shotgun

It’s the day after the Chicago Walk for Bladder Cancer. I can tell you that I’m pretty tired of being surrounded by cancer. Some of the teams walked for people who had died. They wore badges with pictures. One was an image of a young woman. I’m getting pretty sick of that. When I got... Read more »