Archive for October 2016

None of us deserves the cruelty or the grace: how Leonard Cohen helped me heal

Leonard Cohen just released a new album, “You Want It Darker,” and it has broken my heart. From one song to the next, I hear the voice of a man who is ready to die, who feels he has finished his work. I don’t believe in much, but I do believe in Leonard Cohen. And,... Read more »

Writing is worth the struggle: it helps me understand my world

Writing is worth the struggle: it helps me understand my world
I’ve been struggling to write over the past week. It’s not that I lack ideas. My mind is swarming with them. I attended the BCAN Leadership Summit in Rockville, Maryland, last weekend, and it was amazing. I want to report on immunotherapies for bladder cancer and on the power of advocacy and about how good it... Read more »

Gratitude Friday: alone in bed with room service and a television remote

I’m in Washington, D.C. for the BCAN Leadership conference, hoping to learn more about advocacy and more about bladder cancer. That means I’m in a hotel room all by myself. I have a King bed and a huge television, dozens of pillows, a couch, and towels. Clean, dry towels hung neatly in a row. I... Read more »
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Trump, the terminally ill aren't holding on to vote for you, they're holding on for one more birthday

I try to avoid politics in this blog, but Donald Trump’s words at a Nevada rally yesterday make it impossible for me to be quiet. Newsweek magazine reports the following: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on the terminally ill Wednesday to “hang out till November” so they can vote for him in the election... Read more »

2016 Bladder Cancer Guidelines: two recommended ways to see tumors and prevent recurrence

2016 Bladder Cancer Guidelines: two recommended ways to see tumors and prevent recurrence
Bladder cancer has the highest rate of recurrence of any cancer at 50 to 80 percent. Researchers know that failure to see and remove all existing cancer during the initial surgery, called transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) is one reason for the high rate. If you can’t see the cancer, then you can’t remove... Read more »

Remember the thousands who will die this month of metastatic breast cancer: in memory of a former student

Remember the thousands who will die this month of metastatic breast cancer: in memory of a former student
I remember the first time I saw Sondra. She was sitting at the back table of a small classroom. She had a copy of the syllabus already printed out from Blackboard and had her books and pens and her Dunkin’ Donuts coffee all ready to go. She had twinkling eyes and she was engaged in... Read more »
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