Posts in category "Health"

Poison Ivy: the devil in disguise

So I’ve been away from the computer for awhile. Been busy scratching. Not too long ago I had written about how bad things had kept happening, how the virtual shit had not stopped hitting the fan. Later that week I was so frustrated I decided that some serious gardening would do the trick; it would... Read more »

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan
Hope. “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. Webster’s definition. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”. Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption. Hope, hope, hope. I live for it. I hold onto it as though it is... Read more »

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery
Ahhh spring. A warm breeze, a shining sun. A newly grown bunch of daffodils all yellow and bright. Lovely. It’s exciting to finally experience some nice weather after such a long, cold and awful winter. It’s particularly exciting when that winter was spent dealing with treatments, hair loss and surgeries. Ahhhh, spring. And now, life... Read more »
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Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been
Every month Chicagonow has what is called a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and we have one hour to write about it. This month’s topic: ”Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.”  What a perfect subject for me. In his first inaugural address President... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl
Back in 2011, the first year I started blogging for Chicagonow, I met Donna. I did not meet the in the flesh Donna, I met her through her Mother’s (Mary Tyler Mom of Chicagonow)  blog series. A thirty day chronicle of her extraordinary journey with pediatric cancer. A journey that ended in the worst possible way,... Read more »

Love thy mother: you will regret it if you didn't when she is gone

Love thy mother: you will regret it if you didn't when she is gone
Love thy mother. It’s written in the bible, the Ten Commandments and in all forms of religion. She brought you into the world. It’s been five years today since my mother passed away. It doesn’t seem to get any easier as I still, at times, reach for my phone to call her, only to remember... Read more »
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The Breakfast Club: Why it's more relevant than ever

The Breakfast Club: Why it's more relevant than ever
Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois. A Brain. An athlete. A Basket Case. A Princess and a Criminal. Almost 30 years ago a group of teens gathered for a Saturday detention. What transpired in that detention changed not the lives of the characters alone, but mine as well. The fact that they gathered at MY HIGH... Read more »

Writers block: I've got it. Bad.

Writers block: I've got it. Bad.
February will mark three years that I have been writing for Chicagonow. I have officially published 306 blogs in that time frame, so 102 per year. Given my work schedule and busy life I’m pretty satisfied with the number of pieces I’ve put out. However, in the past two weeks I have suffered from the... Read more »

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013
I have always defined a lot of my life by music, the joy it brings, the lyrics that touch me. I find myself thinking about the song Good Riddance by Green Day. It sums up the way I will remember this year. 2013 has been crazy. It began with the high of having had a... Read more »
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Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders

Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders
Earlier this month I wrote about my recent mastectomy. It was very soon after I had the surgery and wondered how I’d be feeling after awhile. Many ladies out there will understand the feeling that I used to have taking my bra off at the end of a long day. You know, that moment when... Read more »