What if we count all that still remains?
Posted June 11th, 2021
June is National Cancer Survivors Month! To honor survivors, we will be sharing stories from folks with cancer and their caregivers. Today we hear from Marlys. It was the sunny month of July. We were sharing a vacation rental with our daughter, son-in-law, and the grandkids in a nearby mountain village. My husband’s cancer was […]
Can We Edit our Cancer Stories? How?
Posted January 30th, 2020
There’s a quote from Susan Statham that gave me pause when I first read it: “Your life is a story; write well, edit often.” How do you do that? How does the editing process work? Back when my husband’s cancer took a sharp left turn, chemo was prescribed – not as a cure, but as […]
Cancer and Financial Toxicity: 6 Tactics
Posted November 7th, 2019
My friend, Michaela, upon turning 40, had a mammogram. Suspicious areas showed up in both breasts, which precipitated an ultrasound, two biopsies, and additional mammography. All to the tune of $4,000. Although no cancer was detected, Michaela needs to return every six months for images. “High risk,” they said. “We need to watch this closely,” they said. Here’s the […]
5 Ways to Slow Down while Dealing with Cancer
Posted October 1st, 2019
Michelle, a running coach, approached me. “What about a weekly walking group for cancer survivors and caregivers?” Michelle’s class was officially named Walking for Wellness. My part as Survivorship Coordinator at the St. Charles Cancer Center was trail sweep—to hang out with the slowest walker so no one got left behind. In all the years, I didn’t […]
Why You Should Tell the Story of the Mountain You Climbed
Posted August 14th, 2019
My husband, Gary, and I climbed several mountains during his cancer years. He was on a treatment to slow down prostate cancer cell growth. One of the side effects was osteoporosis. So in our middle years, we laced up hiking boots and conquered the nearby Oregon Cascades. And then we took on more mountain ranges. […]
What Is Anticipatory Grief?
Posted July 9th, 2019
A close friend’s husband was recently diagnosed with cancer. They’re saying maybe three, maybe four months. Which reminded me of my own husband’s terminal diagnosis. I’ve often thought, Oh, how lucky was I … because we had the gift of time to say everything we wanted to say to each other. But there was also the […]
Can we choose happiness even in cancer?
Posted May 9th, 2019
Grand-dog Chloe and I are glamping in an elegant Airstream in a land of sunny skies and craggy mountain ranges and saguaro cacti. Tucson. I’m grand-dog sitting while my son and daughter-in-law are traveling internationally. Stenciled on the vintage trailer next door is this thought: “Today, I will be happier than a bird with a […]
Why rest? A few thoughts for the road-weary cancer caregiver
Posted April 1st, 2019
There was a dark, pre-dawn morning when I hurried my husband, Gary, to the hospital emergency room. Because when you’re on chemo and you have tubes sticking out of your body, then flu-like symptoms can shout of serious infection. I brought Gary home after five hours of antibiotic infusion, prepared something for him to eat, […]
5 Surefire Strategies for Thriving Despite Cancer
Posted January 9th, 2019
My husband, Gary, was diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer. As in, no cure because it had already metastasized outside the prostate. But Gary—tenaciously, courageously—went on to defy the odds and live ten really good years. How is it that some people seem to flourish despite life’s challenges, while others wither up and curl in on […]
Why tenacity matters in the face of cancer
Posted October 22nd, 2018
My husband, Gary, was stubborn tenacious. When he was first diagnosed with late-stage, slow-growing cancer, we learned he could expect about two years of life. But Gary stubbornly insisted on living ten years. Ten far-reaching, astonishing years. I love that I was married to a tenacious man. There was a day—with chemo still in his system and […]