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When do we forget?

“A few years from now, this will all feel like a bad, surreal dream,” my oncologist told me at diagnosis, all whimsical bowties and seriousness. August 12 came and went. There was no ceremony. In fact, I made it to

Posted in Survivorship

Cancer and the Single Woman

Working in your alma mater’s communications office has challenges. Do I separate my alumni exuberance for more polite professional enthusiasm? How much do I insert myself as an alum versus a staff member? Do I throw a funeral for my

Posted in Relationships, Social Media, Survivorship, Writing

Dear Mr. Romney…

I try not to take politics personally, but when I hear you say that sick people can pursue care in the ER, what I hear you say is “I do not care to know the reality of the sick in

Posted in News, Politics, Rants, Survivorship

I get high with a little help from my friends

On top of a cliff overlooking New Paltz and the Hudson Valley, Birdy reached out her arms and said, “After this, who cares about 5 years? The cancer is not coming back! I don’t care anymore!” Graduation day at cancer camp

Posted in Personal Stuff, Survivorship

Climb all the Catskills?

For a year of my life, more people than I ever imagined called me brave, complimented my courage, or told me they didn’t know how I could deal with what I faced. To be honest, I feel like a complete

Posted in Nonprofit Spotlight, Personal Stuff, Survivorship

The busy social calendar of a D list cancerlebrity

Note: I am going to obnoxiously use the portmanteau cancerlebrity for at least another month. I apologize ahead of time. One of my personal inspirations (and soon to be guinea pig for my shiny new MBA strategic planning skills), Jonny

Posted in Events, Survivorship

Relapse Scare – the Lowdown

I have developed a lot of superstitions after getting sick. I never say that I’m cured. I bristle when I think about the word “remission”. I never let my brain dwell too hard on relapse. If any of these thoughts cross

Posted in Personal Stuff, Rants, Survivorship

6 months of remission

I’ve been holding off on this post because of a particularly nasty relapse scare last week – even people who had lymphoma occasionally have lymph nodes swell to the size of marbles and it’s still OK. So now, after what

Posted in Personal Stuff, Survivorship

Good news

A few weeks ago I drove myself to Dana-Farber (which is a fairly horrifying drive if you’re not used to driving in the heart of Boston) to meet with Dr. Arnie Freedman, the head of the lymphoma department and also

Posted in Personal Stuff, Survivorship

On why I haven’t gone to the doctor

We left off somewhere with the ultimate cliffhanger: my “good” PET scan was not clean and OMG is it still cancer? Tune in for next week’s episode. Next week came and went. And then another week. And another week. My

Posted in Personal Stuff, Survivorship

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