Archive for February 2016

When in doubt, laugh: 5 dorky things I've done

When in doubt, laugh: 5 dorky things I've done
Usually, I’m cool and sophisticated. Okay, I was cool and sophisticated one time, many years ago. Actually, I’m a dork. I was reminded of that yesterday (as I am frequently), when I took my car in to have a flat tire repaired. The guy at the counter asked for my keys, and I took my... Read more »

I have a habit of living outside my comfort zone

First of all, let me say that I’m writing tonight because it’s Blogapalooz-Hour for ChicagoNow bloggers. Our fearless leader, Jimmy Greenfield, gives us a prompt exactly at 9 p.m. and we have to post exactly at 10 p.m. His prompt tonight: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to... Read more »

Depression defies rationality: sad on a sunny day

Depression defies rationality: sad on a sunny day
A few months ago, I told a friend at work that I struggle with depression. She was surprised and said, “How can you be depressed with your job and your family? You don’t have any problems.” I swallowed hard. No, as a cancer survivor I don’t have any problems at all. I’m not anxious about... Read more »
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How to deal with the cancer recoil: put your money where your heart is on Donna Day 2016

How to deal with the cancer recoil: put your money where your heart is on Donna Day 2016
All of us in the cancer community are familiar with the recoil. We get a diagnosis and we end up helping those around us cope with it. Not just ourselves. The people at work, our families, our friends, even our doctors sometimes. In the midst of treatment, when I know I looked haggard, people would... Read more »

Grief and the savagery under the surface

Grief and the savagery under the surface
I was walking my dog early in the morning a few weeks ago. It was lightening up, but the sun wasn’t above the horizon yet. Freddie heard something and stopped, riveted. As I followed his gaze, I saw a hawk of some kind scrambling out of the middle of a bush. He was stressed and... Read more »