Connecting and Celebrating

Posted December 1st, 2021

December is a month that encompasses the Christian and Jewish celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah. It also includes spiritually significant days for Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans, and Zoroastrians. The Interfaith Calendar actually lists 14 different spiritual celebrations during the month of December. Kwanza is an important week-long African heritage cultural celebration that also occurs at the end of December. December is […]


November is National Family Caregivers Month

Posted November 5th, 2021

This is a time across our nation to honor our family caregivers: to recognize the challenges that family caregivers face, and how they manage their day and night as they offer care around the clock! There is just so much that our family caregivers do!  For many of you, caregiving can truly be a 24 […]


Autumn and Letting Go

Posted September 29th, 2021

Our weather has been more than a little unpredictable, but autumn is coming. Soon the weather will be cooler more often!!  The world will literally look different as the trees shed their leaves and provide a new cover for the earth.  I read a marvelous description of this change the other day by  Sarah Addison […]


Scanxiety

Posted September 15th, 2021

All patients have complicated relationships with their scans not unlike the hate-love relationships we have with other technologies in our lives. We first learn we have cancer from scans, then learn from them if that cancer has shrunk or disappeared, then learn if it has come back. Scans are like revolving doors, emotional roulette wheels […]


A Daily Survival Kit for Serious Illness

Posted September 8th, 2021

Adapted from Thomas L. McDermitt, “A long-time cancer patient and skeptic.” NOTE AS YOU READ THIS POST: You don’t have to agree with all of this all of the time. But if it generally speaks to you, try to read all or parts of it every day, or have it read to you. Part of the […]


Honoring our Labor

Posted September 1st, 2021

It’s hard to believe the traditional end of summer, Labor Day is upon us.  It’s a good time to take a moment and honor all that labor—work—means to us and our lives. This includes The works of our ancestors whose labor helped pave the way for each of us. The work of our own hands […]


Self-care Isn’t Selfish

Posted August 25th, 2021

What is self-care? The term “self-care” is a buzzword in certain circles, but what does it actually mean, and how does one start doing it? Authors Lee and Miller defined self-care as, “a process of purposeful engagement in practices that promote holistic health and well-being of the self.” If that seems a little vague, it’s in part […]


What is Mindfulness?

Posted August 18th, 2021

We begin each week with a mindfulness thought, focus, meditation….something to help us we each begin the week. Every one reading, who is part of this online community, is in some way impacted by cancer. The stress of that influences how we cope. Each of us is also living in a time when our larger […]


Fostering Growth and Creativity Through Journaling

Posted August 11th, 2021

There are so many ways to handle the wide variety of feelings that living with cancer triggers. Often people who are living with a serious illness as a patient (or their family members) find it difficult to express their feelings to others. Some aren’t used to revealing their emotions. Others feel a need to be strong […]


Can’t Sleep? Tips for Coping with Insomnia

Posted August 4th, 2021

Insomnia* is common for cancer patients**, as well as for the general population. We frequently hear from our patients and their caregivers that sleeping through the night is just tough. It can take a toll on our physical and emotional selves! Sleep is important for all of us. Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful to […]