Life leaves scars. From skinned knees to surgical wounds, we all have a scar (or two, or three...) And that's not counting the emotional scars we've earned in the trenches. How have your scars made you who you are? I'll share first: 1. My father grew up in New York City playing stick ball in [...]
Cancer Warriors Wednesday – Britta Aragon, Author, “When Cancer Hits”
I've been reading Britta Aragon's book, When Cancer Hits, Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment. I guess it was the title that made me think the book was written solely for cancer patients in active treatment. Boy, was I wrong! If you are in active treatment, or know someone who is, this [...]
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My “Beautiful,” Eloquent Cancer Scars
My massage therapist mentioned at one point how “beautiful” my scars were. As a supportive oncology and breast surgery massage specialist, she knows what she is talking about. Still, although I understood intellectually what she meant, emotionally I had a hard time agreeing with her. I’ve been told this before. Shortly after my surgery, I [...]
Follow the Map of the Scars to Liberation!
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like being in a room full of cancer survivors. There is an aura of emotional courage and camaraderie which is unmistakable. During last Saturday’s Survivorship Symposium hosted by Morristown Memorial Medical Center, I had an especially meaningful experience which had to do with “cancer scar stories.” During [...]