Posts tagged "cancer"

Chicago's 1st annual Crawfish for Cancer charity event

My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2012. By July of 2013, she was gone. If you’re not sure as to what Multiple Myeloma is, it’s a cancer of the plasma cell that largely effects the bones. You can read an extensive interview that I had with Dr. Zimmerman of the University of Chicago... Read more »

Not home for the holidays: the multiple myeloma effect

My mom isn’t coming home for the holidays. I never would have guessed that something like multiple myeloma would so drastically change my life in less than a year. This Thanksgiving, my brother and I really didn’t know what to do. While most families spend weeks or months planning for the holiday, my brother and I... Read more »

Overcoming grief part deux : a lesson in wearing masks

Everyone processes grief differently. Lately, I’ve been wearing the mask of “happiness”. I’ve done my best to be genuinely happy…really. But there are times when I’m forced to fake it. I wear a mask. It’s not that I’m really trying to go out of my way to hide something. It’s simply that you get to... Read more »

3 Steps to overcoming grief

Sorry to disappoint you, but after losing my mother, I’ve learned that the fact is, there aren’t 3 steps, 5 steps or even 12 steps. Everyone handles loss differently. As for me? I’m not sure how I’m really handling it. In September of 2012, my mother, Pamela, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. By July 26th,... Read more »

Healthcare is failing our seniors...and my mom is proof of that.

To quote Peter Griffin from “Family Guy” …”You know what really grinds my gears..” What “grinds my gears” is how, generally, this society has become a “disposable society.” I’ll explain what I mean: So with everything that has been going on with my mom, I’ve had very little time to think about anything other than... Read more »

One step forward, two steps back...

So what do you do when one of your parents are sitting on the living room floor crying in pain? Well, if you do like I did, you stand there, call 911 and cry right along with them. So this past week or so has been a non-stop emotional roller-coaster ride. At times I’ve felt as thought... Read more »

Family is everything

Have you ever felt like you were sleepwalking through your day or week? That’s the way it’s been for me. Once my mother told me she was admitted into the hospital, everything else became a sort of blur. It’s kind of sad that it takes something like a serious illness that will cause your priorities... Read more »

People can be amazing!

Yeah, I know that in today’s society most of us feel like the average human being lacks any sort of empathy toward their fellow man. Yet, when something like cancer enters into your life, you can see first hand how caring people can be. Like I said yesterday in my last post, I went to... Read more »

I guess no one is ever really "ready"...

…and who can be? When you get the news that someone you love dearly is very sick and may have a tough fight ahead of them, who is ever really ready for THAT kind of news? I had to come to grips with such news last night. Over the past month or so, my mother... Read more »
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    Misty is a Traffic Anchor for Total Traffic Network. Misty's passions lie in sports (particularly hockey), art, ancient history (she is, after all, a self-proclaimed "history nerd") as well as good food. Misty currently devotes her free time to growing awareness for multiple myeloma (she is a member of the MMRF's "Young Professionals Group") as well as volunteering with the Illinois Chapter of the Special Olympics. Misty's opinions do not reflect the opinions of the Total Traffic Network or Clear Channel.

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