When people first talk to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, they often ask “What were your symptoms?” which can be received as an intrusive question and one that brings up all kinds of emotions, particularly fear, anger and sadness. … More Between Denial and Paranoia
Labeling jars, labeling photos, labeling people: labels help us organize and make sense of our world. But they can also be dangerous when applied to people. They can limit options and cause the person (including oneself) to conform to the label. … More Label
What does normal mean to you? Having cancer means examining your normal while getting used to a new temporary normal and finally, finding a way to live fully in your new post-cancer normal.
… More Waiting Game or Just Living?
Making your home look stylish is nice, but tending to your own interior–your emotions–is the most important thing you can do during your or your loved one’s cancer treatment. Bring on the interior decorator–aka your therapist! … More Interior (Daily Prompt)
I’m not going to make a fortune off this blog, but do enjoy musing on life and what makes it such a good ride. Here I talk about how good fortune, blessings and luck can coexist with a cancer diagnosis. … More Daily Prompt: Fortune
Take a break from 24/7 cancer! Create new memories with you family and friends by celebrating milestones and special occasions all year long. … More Celebrations Big and Small
It’s a toss up as to which is worse: a) say nothing because it’s awkward or b)say something totally insensitive. Try for c) None of the Above. Read about how. … More All About Friends
You’ve been slammed with a difficult diagnosis. People want to help, but first you need to help yourself by prioritizing your needs, eliminating the clutter and time-consuming but non-essential tasks in your life and then clearly communicating your needs with friends. … More Setting Boundaries
Many parents dread or even avoid sharing the news (diagnosis) with their kids. While trying to shield your child from bad news might seem like a good idea at the time, it deprives your child of some of cancer’s most important gifts. … More Sharing the News with your Kids
You’re going to have to make a lot of big decisions. It’ll help if you if your oncologist is not only smart, but knows how to talk and listen. … More To Chemo or not to Chemo?