Tag Archives: Cancer Culture

The Whole Chronic Thing

When I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, I wanted a second opinion.  It wasn’t that I thought another physician would tell me that I was fine, I just wanted to hear another take on the whole thing. So … Continue reading

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After the Crisis, Ambiguity

Since August I have been struggling to write. Writer’s block would be the easy explanation. But as reality has it, there is so much more going on. For the first year of my diagnosis I scorched Earth with my posts. … Continue reading

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Harmonic Convergence

When the planets align in the breast cancer universe things get interesting.  It has been an unprecedented four-five weeks.  The first planet to get into position was that of oral arguments delivered to the Supreme Court of the United States … Continue reading

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I Am . . .

The last in a series of memes honoring Nancy G. Brinker™ (unless she makes more headlines).

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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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Inside Americas: The Pink Ribbon

A great piece from Al Jazeera on pink fundraising.  What I like about this program is not so much the information, but the way it showcases–not intentionally–the debate within the breast cancer community and among organizations. This is a big … Continue reading

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I Stand for Standing

Enjoy this South Park episode about our fascination with wearing our causes on our sleeves, our arms, and our t-shirts! It is a fitting way to look back on the Pinktober and Livestrong madness. Click on the image below to … Continue reading

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