Archive for June 2016

This is how to steal a panini

This is how to steal a panini
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Evening Blogapalooz-Hour! Our challenge, if we choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is our prompt: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” I am a little rule follower, since way back. It’s not because I like... Read more »

Pat Summitt was my saving grace and let me be a guest coach of the Lady Vols

Pat Summitt was my saving grace and let me be a guest coach of the Lady Vols
In Thelma and Louise, once the women are on the run from the law, driving toward Mexico, Louise reveals that she will never cross the border into Texas. By the end, we understand the heart of her reason, but with few details. For me Tennessee is sort of what Texas was for Louise. I try... Read more »

A peek behind the curtain: pathologists are the most important doctors you'll never meet

A peek behind the curtain: pathologists are the most important doctors you'll never meet
An amazing number of people work together to diagnose, treat, and monitor a person with cancer. You’ll never meet most of them: from the lab techs to the engineers who keep the MRIs and CTs and PETs regulated and in good working order, from the radiologists who interpret the results of those scans to the... Read more »
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Sometimes Father’s Day is a sad day, but “this place could be beautiful, right?”

Sometimes Father’s Day is a sad day, but “this place could be beautiful, right?”
On this Father’s Day, I want to say how grateful I am for my dad and for my husband, who is my daughter’s Papa. I celebrate them both, and I’m sad that I won’t be with either of them on this Sunday. But, I’m also aware that Father’s Day isn’t always a day of celebration.... Read more »

Don’t use Yelp and Healthgrades to choose your doctor: do this instead

Don’t use Yelp and Healthgrades to choose your doctor: do this instead
Right after I was diagnosed with cancer, I started digging into research about my doctor. I initially met him through the arbitrary process of being admitted to the hospital via the ER of my local hospital. He was on call that Monday evening. This is no way to choose a doctor, especially when you’re facing... Read more »

Four things you may not know about cancer

Four things you may not know about cancer
This week has been just another week in my life as a cancer “survivor,” a word I can’t abide. You know what you don’t know about us? Cancer affects you for a lifetime. Surviving, if you’re lucky enough, as I am, to be in remission is just the beginning of a lifetime of being a... Read more »
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How I’m spending my summer vacation: the coffee shop project and the Cancer Is Not A Gift writing group

How I’m spending my summer vacation: the coffee shop project and the Cancer Is Not A Gift writing group
I am sitting in the Blackberry Market drinking my second Americano. This place is buzzing with conversation, fueled by the world’s best cinnamon rolls and four-shot Americanos. (Eight shots of espresso never hurt anyone, right?) Today, in this coffee shop, I’m beginning the first day of my summer adventure. I want you to come along... Read more »

Let’s not celebrate national survivor’s day. Let’s honor the residents of Cancerville instead

Let’s not celebrate national survivor’s day. Let’s honor the residents of Cancerville instead
I’ve had an uneasy relationship with the word “survivor” since a few months after I was diagnosed with cancer. For the first few months I lived in a tunnel of my own present tense fear. I had two lives, a public one that fought to teach and mother as if nothing was happening to me... Read more »