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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

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