Archive for January 2016

Then there was that time I invented an extra brother

Then there was that time I invented an extra brother
Tonight is our monthly Blogapalooz-hour. Our community manager gives us a prompt at 9 and we post our blog by 10. Tonight he challenged us to write about a time we lied. Here’s my story, weird and inexplicable as it is. You can find all of our stories for the night here. I’ve never been... Read more »

What is a good death? Talking about dying with my daughter

What is a good death? Talking about dying with my daughter
My daughter and I were talking about end of life issues yesterday. I’m not sure how we ended up there, but it was probably by way of David Bowie. She and I both read the piece, published in Billboard, about a palliative care doctor who wrote a thank you letter to Bowie about how he... Read more »

Life after cancer: comfort after a season of suffering

Life after cancer: comfort after a season of suffering
Since August 2012, life has been very different for me. Being diagnosed with cancer was an interruption. It sucked the marrow out of normal and filled it instead with doctors, tests, procedures, treatments, waiting rooms, a new vocabulary, and insurance forms. People don’t look at you the same after they know you have cancer, and... Read more »
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Don't let Shutterstock's story about bladder cancer kill you

Don't let Shutterstock's story about bladder cancer kill you
In a world where everything turns pink in October–from water bottles and t-shirts to NFL uniforms and (god help us) fracking equipment–you’d think I’d be delighted to know that we can now do an image search for “bladder cancer” and come up with something. Shutterstock now has this suite of iconic images (above) to represent... Read more »

7 million people will die of cancer in 2016, and David Bowie was one

7 million people will die of cancer in 2016, and David Bowie was one
I woke up at 3 a.m. Monday, as I often do. Sleep wasn’t coming back, so I got my iPad out. I saw notifications from the New York Times, Facebook, Twitter, all the likely places, that David Bowie had died at 69, 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer. For one moment, I considered waking... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015

Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015
Last year I made a New Year’s resolution and made it public here in my blog: I would dedicate my year to learning about and practicing mindfulness. It was a good decision. I set a reasonable goal and I shared it publicly. It was reasonable for me for several reasons. First, it wasn’t too big... Read more »
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