Archive for December 2017

Christmas 2017: the stories we told and the stories we heard

Christmas 2017: the stories we told and the stories we heard
My husband and I volunteered to wash dishes from Christmas dinner. My sister- and brother-in-law made an amazing meal for 12 people, two of whom are vegetarian. My daughter and I are used to eating the sides and not worrying about a substitute for stuffing or turkey and ham. My in-laws took a different approach... Read more »

Eight gifts for people with cancer

Eight gifts for people with cancer
People with cancer, whether they’re in treatment, in remission, or in limbo are different now than before their diagnosis, both psychologically and physically. Some folks talk about cancer as a one-year experience from diagnosis through treatment and into remission. It’s “one and done.” Those folks have been lucky. Many are not so lucky because they struggle... Read more »

ChicagoNow is a space that will always ache in your absence, Jimmy

ChicagoNow is a space that will always ache in your absence, Jimmy
I published my first Cancer is Not a Gift post on February 2, 2013. I had been keeping an informal blog, which my friends and family could check in with to see the progress of my treatment. Truth is, I wrote those posts as much for myself as I did for anyone else. Writing about... Read more »
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Make room in your heart for yourself: lessons in self-compassion

Make room in your heart for yourself: lessons in self-compassion
It’s been a crappy day, which I will not detail for you. (You’re welcome!) I’ll be the first to admit that I’m prone to pity parties. Woe is me. Life’s a bitch and then you die. Fill in your own favorite cliché As soon as the words are out of my mouth, I stop. I’m... Read more »

It's our first Tuesday with our daughter living on her own

It's our first Tuesday with our daughter living on her own
When my daughter was about 10, I remarked to a friend that she was growing up too fast and I wished she would slow down. He said, “Have you considered keeping her in tupperware?” Well I didn’t keep her in tupperware and so she has grown up. She’s 19, working full time, and this weekend... Read more »