Category Archives: coping

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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A FEW MORE WORDS ABOUT POWERPORTS

Having a Powerport is not a free ride. It isn’t one of one of those medical marvels that you have installed in your body and then forget about. Continue reading

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CANCER BESTOWS THE DUBIOUS GIFT OF X-RAY VISION

The conversation turns to cancer. Your friend says something that is so incredibly insensitive that you are momentarily stunned. 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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CANCER HEADACHES: TRY THE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FIRST

John was very afraid that his headaches were caused by brain mets, which at this point were his biggest nightmare scenario. Continue reading

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