Category Archives: caregiver to cancer patient

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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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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THE INTREPID WIDOW

Just a short note to let you know that I’ve started a new companion blog to this one, called Shedding Light on the Widow’s Journey. http://sheddinglightonthewidowsjourney.wordpress.com My goal is to fill it with the many  things I’ve learned about living … Continue reading

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The simplest tool in my cancer comfort kit often gave the most profound results

My two most invaluable tools for pain control and comfort when I was caring for John at home were never mentioned by any of John’s doctors or nurses. Both were ultra low-tech and completely unrelated to drugs. The first I have … Continue reading

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GRIEF, TWO YEARS LATER

My life symbolized in a mask, the unimaginable gift of how that grief has shaped me into a stronger, more resilient, deeper human being. Continue reading

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Shedding Light On the Cancer Journey: the book

My dear and faithful readers: As of today, over 62,000 people have read and hopefully benefited from this blog– beyond my wildest expectation when I started this project  6 years ago. Such strong support has led me to turn Shedding Light On the … Continue reading

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SOMETIMES TOO MUCH RESEARCH IS NOT A GOOD THING

We have to do our own research. However, research is a double edged sword: it might save you, but it can utterly devastate you as well. Continue reading

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