Inspirational Life Lessons: How to Live & Die

This is a hard post to write. Last weekend I had a joyous Thanksgiving with my very large family. The next morning, I joined another family to mourn and celebrate an exceptional woman. Her name was Peggy and she died at age 66 from ovarian cancer. Peggy and I served on the Pathways Women's Cancer [...]

Do You Want to Find Support? Communicate!

Do You Want to Find Support? Communicate!

Do you feel alone, lonely and angry that no one really gets what you've been through and what you're still struggling with as a cancer survivor? Wouldn't it be great to get the emotional support you need and deserve? I've got a word of advice for you: Communicate!  During the first six and one half months of my cancer experience, [...]

Cancer Warriors Wednesday – I Had Cancer

Cancer Warriors Wednesday – I Had Cancer

Today's Cancer Warrior is Mailet Lopez of I Had Cancer, a social support network founded just six months ago. With almost 6000 members representing over 60 different countries, I Had Cancer's mission is to provide an online community for anyone touched by cancer and looking for information from others who have walked in their shoes. [...]

Death and Cancer Loneliness

Death's in the good-bye. Anne Sexton  I recently had an experience I can't get out of my mind. At a Pathway's Women's Cancer Teaching Project panel presentation, a co-presenter shared her story of living, and dying, with cancer. She told us the facts of her cancer, which I won't share here to protect her privacy. The point of [...]

The “Solo Journey” of Cancer

The “Solo Journey” of Cancer

This post asked the question, Are You Still Struggling with the Loneliness of Life After Cancer? It ran on October 18, 2011, and sparked a real conversation in the comment section about the "solo journey" of cancer:  For almost 18 wonderful years, I've had the privilege of building a close relationship with my daughter. Whether in person, or [...]

Mindful Monday – Laughter

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale. Will DurstWhen cancer anger, stress, or loneliness has you in its grip, it feels as if you are living in the moment. Right now, at this very moment, you are miserable. If you are [...]