Tag Archives: Attitude

Chronic Illness

When the Death Star was under construction and then, once completed, sent out Tai Fighters to establish satellite stations, I was busy moving on with my life.  Very busy.  Work swallowed me whole–and I welcomed it.  I was no victim, … Continue reading

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In Which I Don’t Tell People What to Say

I read a lot of blogs–not all cancer-related.  Indeed, if I knitted as much as I read the blogs of knitters I’d have knitted a sweater for every human being in my neighborhood–not to mention a few chihuahuas.  It amazes … Continue reading

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The Downside of Virtual Interaction

Since my breast cancer diagnosis and–48 hours later–the creation of this blog, I have sung the praises of social media.  As my readership grew and my Twitter numbers blossomed, virtual roots that were planted started to flourish in a garden … Continue reading

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Me and My Shadow

I have to be honest: it’s been a conscious effort to think about cancer recently.  Not that I’m complaining, who the heck wants to think about cancer all the time?  Who knew it could be so easy?  I love being … Continue reading

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When You Get the Good News

Call me crazy, but ever since I got the good news that my lung lesions and all of the lymph nodes in the chest and right axilla resolved I have been a little lost.  Weird, right? The first six months … Continue reading

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Hallmark: The Dark Side

Well, we can all rest easy.  Apparently Hallmark has begun to recognize the hospice card niche.  I wasn’t aware that there was a need for specific cards to address the end of one’s life or their caregivers.  But in this … Continue reading

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A Perfectly Unnatural State

Over the last week or so I’ve been struggling with something stuck in my craw.  I’m not sure what it is, although I’ve been trying desperately to find out.   The thoughts go something like this: Yeah, I know.  All over … Continue reading

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Join me in Philadelphia–my hometown and the City of Brotherly Love–for the LBBC Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Enhancing Your Health and Quality of Life.  This is my first conference and I’m really looking forward to … Continue reading

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It’s Weird

I read an essay today that described a kind of alienation felt by a woman with stage iv breast cancer.  Friends fall off the radar, neighbors don’t know how to treat you or what to say, you’re faced with an … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Stupid

I’ve been slowly pushing back into work and it’s been going well.  Just as I get going it’s time to go home.  I pushed it a bit one day and paid for it the next, but I’m getting there.  Patience, … Continue reading

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