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About surfingon

I live in Hawaii. I surf in the winter and swim in the summer. I have been a hospice volunteer with a contemplative-care oriented hospice for 25 years have been part of their team that trains new volunteers for the last 9 years. I have walked the colon cancer path with my beloved husband these past 5 years. He died very peacefully in April 2009. I now seek to share what we learned, to shed light on the many dark corners of this often mystifying, heartbreaking and heart-opening journey.

2/3 OF ALL CANCERS ARE UNAVOIDABLE

New study finds 2/3 of all cancer are unavoidable even with a healthy lifestyle Continue reading

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TUBE FEEDING THE DYING PATIENT

A doctor’s eloquent take on why tube feeding is a nightmare both for the dying patient and for their loved ones Continue reading

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GREAT BEDSIDE MANNER DOES NOT NECCESSARILY MEAN SKILLFUL DOCTOR

It came down to a simple choice: the most skilled doctor or the kindest doctor. Continue reading

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CANCER PATIENTS SUFFER FROM POOR PAIN CONTROL

According to a new study in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/poor-pain-control-for-cancer-patients/ a recent survey of over 3000 cancer patients found that one-third felt that they needed more painkillers to fully treat their symptoms. One month later, when these patients were … Continue reading

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MAJOR HOSPITAL REFUSES TO PRESCRIBE NEW COLON CANCER DRUG

A 2003 law requires that Medicare must pay whatever price the drug manufacturer sets– plus a 6% cushion. Continue reading

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DO CANCER PATIENTS KNOW BEFORE THEY’RE EVEN DIAGNOSED?

I’ve wondered off and on about this possibility ever since John was diagnosed, but hadn’t really given it a thought– until yesterday. In searching for my passport, I came across John’s and was very surprised at my reaction to seeing … Continue reading

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HOW DOCTORS DELIVER BAD NEWS TO PATIENTS

the ways in which a doctor’s sometimes unconscious decisions about how to present information impacts his patient Continue reading

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