Medicare Open Enrollment is Almost Here-What You Need to Know for 2021

Posted October 13th, 2020

Medicare open enrollment is upon us for 2021. If you are a Medicare recipient, this is the time of year when you can make (some) changes to your Medicare coverage. What can I change? You can change your Medicare part D (drug) plan. You can change to a different Medicare advantage plan. You can switch […]

COVID-19 Testing: What you need to know.

Posted August 19th, 2020

Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic and we have learned a lot. It is clear that the keys to getting control of the virus, until a vaccine is available, is a combination of personal actions (hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask), and public health interventions like testing, contract tracing and isolating positive cases. Testing […]

Let’s Talk About Bubbles

Posted July 16th, 2020

Over the past five months (hard to believe we are five months in to life with COVID), we have had to adapt our way of life completely. From going grocery shopping, to having friends over to visit, to planning family vacations, we have a new set of steps we must go through BEFORE we do […]

Co-Existing with COVID-19: Should I go back to work? Do I have to?

Posted June 19th, 2020

We have had a lot of comments about our unemployment benefits and COVID-19 blog. Now, as the country is trying to re-open and learn to live with COVID, cancer survivors and patients are asking, should I go back to work? Do I have to go back to work? Can I still collect unemployment if I […]

Coping with COVID-19: I’ve Lost My Health Insurance, Now What?

Posted June 4th, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 40 million Americans have lost their jobs. With the loss of jobs, comes the loss of health insurance. For cancer patients, maintaining your health insurance is essential. The good news is, you probably have some options to keep your coverage or get new coverage. Keeping Your Coverage […]

I Miss Hugs.

Posted May 19th, 2020

I was sitting out in my backyard over the weekend when my 3-year-old neighbor said over the fence, “Teeny (my nickname). I miss hugging you.” My heart. I miss hugging too. I was a hugger and a hand holder and a shoulder to cry on-er before COVID. Oh I was also a face toucher. Suddenly, […]

SLOWLY–Returning to Pre-Quarantine Life

Posted May 14th, 2020

Last week, I needed to get some labs drawn. I’m not going to lie, I was terrified and anxious about going back to the hospital. Was I risking exposure to COVID by going in? How could I keep myself safe? I kept myself up much of the night before. Tossing, turning, playing out every possible […]

Pets and COVID-19: What you need to know to keep your furry family members safe.

Posted May 1st, 2020

My dogs, Maggie, Linus, and Huckleberry, have been ENORMOUS supports for me during quarantine. Not only do they provide me with companionship and unconditional love, but they also soothe and comfort me in those moments I’m feeling particularly pessimistic about our current state of affairs AND they get me outside and moving on our regular […]

All I needed to know about quarantine…I learned from my cancer patients.

Posted April 28th, 2020

My quarantine has been an interesting experience. Long before we went on lockdown, I planned to travel to Cape Cod to help my folks out after my mom had knee replacement surgery. Her procedure went off without a hitch on March 2nd and I traveled by car with my three dogs to spend a week helping […]

How has COVID-19 impacted you and your cancer treatment?

Posted April 23rd, 2020

We want to learn more about the experience of cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. How have things changed for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers during this time?  Have you been impacted practically—had trouble getting food, transportation or internet access? Has your cancer treatment been impacted? Have you been impacted financially? Learning about the […]