Category Archive: Personal Reflections

The Wounded Storyteller

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The Wounded Storyteller is the title of a book by Arthur Frank which portrays  individuals  who live with some form of illness or disability in what he terms  “remission society.”  His basic premise… Continue reading

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas… So begins the first line of the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore which has delighted generations of children and adults since it was first published in December… Continue reading

Bozos on the bus

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If you’re wearing a disguise for too long, it will be difficult for the mirror to recognize you. At the end of the day I hope you become the person they didn’t expect… Continue reading

Who’s behind the mask?

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The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on… Continue reading

When the fog lifts: a new perspective on chemo brain

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When I started to read Dan Barry’s “My brain on chemo: alive and alert“, in the New York Times, I thought at first I was in for a treatise on the side effects… Continue reading

Treating Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

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There are many different types of breast cancer and the type with which I was diagnosed was Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). DCIS is a condition in which a spectrum of abnormal cells… Continue reading

Connecting to others through giving

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   Give, give, give—what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if… Continue reading

Happy Birthday To Me

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Today is my birthday. I feel I did a lot of my celebrating 11 days ago on my cancerversary, but can’t help also remembering that birthday I spent in 2004 in hospital just… Continue reading

Would you take a pill to erase bad memories?

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This was the question I pondered today as I read about a drug which has been developed to erase painful memories.  If you have seen the 2004  film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless… Continue reading

Reflections on my 5 year cancerversary

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So for those who are thinking by now.. enough with the cancerversary – we’ve heard it all ..this is the last word on the subject I promise.  So please indulge me for just one… Continue reading