Archive for March 2016

Transgender Day of Visibility: 3 reasons transgender persons are more likely to die of cancer

Transgender Day of Visibility: 3 reasons transgender persons are more likely to die of cancer
Health care disparities in our country mean that your income, your race or ethnicity, your sexual orientation, and your gender identification determine the standard of health care you receive. Of all the vulnerable groups, transgender people are the most likely to suffer. On this day of Transgender Visibility, I want to identify 3 reasons this group... Read more »

Cancer’s dirty little secret: people turn their backs on you

The public face of cancer is a smiling woman who looks damned good without hair. She’s bold and brave. She’s strong. She’s a fighter. She dances in the operating room before her mastectomy. (This blog post by Nancy’s Point tells the story.) She’s surrounded by people who love her and she has a caring medical... Read more »

“I Voted!” stickers are the coolest thing ever

“I Voted!” stickers are the coolest thing ever
My grandmother was born three years after women won the right to vote. I say that out loud to myself, and I feel like I’m talking gibberish. I don’t think very often about a time when women couldn’t vote. It’s hard for me to even imagine. Ever since I turned 18, I’ve voted in every... Read more »
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Getting "Back to Life" after bladder cancer: a book review

Getting "Back to Life" after bladder cancer: a book review
Frank Sadowski was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of 2007. Within a few weeks he underwent an eight-hour surgery, a complete radical cystectomy with a neobladder reconstruction. In his book, “Back to Life,” Sadowski’s doctor, Sia Daneshmand explained radical cystectomy this way: “We cut you from stem to stern, and take out your bladder,... Read more »