Monthly Archives: June 2012

Up and down

I had chemo number three this week. It was much easier than the second (which was absolutely brutal) and I suspect that’s due to the nurse doing a slow titration, starting with a low concentration of the chemotherapy agent and … Continue reading

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Origin story

My next appointment with oncologist is tomorrow morning. I’ll have my blood tests run to make sure my white cells are high enough to go ahead with chemo on Wednesday. I have a feeling my counts might be low enough … Continue reading

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Different circumstances

One time I was at a support group and I was talking about stress. I feel stressed out all the time, I said, and then I think about how people say stress causes cancer and I know it isn’t true, … Continue reading

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Narrative therapy

I saw my therapist today. I used to joke about wanting to have a therapist so I could be one of those people that could say My therapist says…and now I am one of those people and it is every … Continue reading

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The ethics of sparing feelings

Has Chuck Klosterman ever met a sick person? His answer to a woman’s question — Should I wait until my sick boyfriend gets better before I break up with him? — was so completely off the mark it made me … Continue reading

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Facts about my dad

Until last week, my dad lived about two hours away from me with his wife and my little brother, James, who is 5 1/2. This meant we could see them fairly frequently and even when we didn’t see them (we … Continue reading

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Words matter (Part 2)

The second part I’ve been trying to figure out how I can spend a lot of time writing about cancer without having to refer to people as survivors. For the purpose of simplicity, I’m just going to refer to them … Continue reading

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