Wishes for a New Year!

Posted December 31st, 2021

My oh my, we are on the cusp of a new year! That can bring so many feelings for patients, families, staff. Some are relieved the last year is over, some are anxious about the new year, and still, others are eager for a new year of life. It can be a time of ‘resolutions’ […]


Holiday Coping and Enjoying

Posted December 17th, 2021

For cancer patients and families who are in current treatment, holidays can be a bit tricky. We may not have the energy for large gatherings. Our appetites and treatment sensitivities may suggest a small and VERY downsized day…even a day that is very private. People can get really stressed out around the holidays. We can […]


Re-Thinking Community

Posted December 10th, 2021

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”– Jack Kornfield December offers great opportunities for learning about how our intercultural world celebrates.  Among celebrations during this month are: Hanukkah (Jewish) Christmas Day (Christian) Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) Kwanzaa (African American) […]


Tips from Your Cancer Care Team – Coping with Treatment During the Holidays

Posted December 8th, 2021

The holiday season can be stressful, overwhelming, and exhausting. This is often even more true if you are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. It’s important to still enjoy the holiday season, but without pushing yourself too hard. So, here’s a list of tips that will hopefully allow you to navigate your cancer treatments during […]


Cancer and the Holidays

Posted December 3rd, 2021

For people who are living with cancer and experiencing an often emotional roller coaster, the holidays can bring the blues. These times with friends and family are exactly the ones we want to cherish even more than before cancer, but in reality, they can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed. Families and friends may” be […]


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 […]


Today Is Giving Tuesday

Posted November 30th, 2021

No doubt you have already seen appeals for #givingtuesday. Giving Tuesday shifts the focus from gluttony and spending to giving as a holiday tradition. Let’s not forget to mention the year-end tax advantages of charitable contributions. I recognize that many are struggling financially this year due to the pandemic and #givingtuesday may seem out of […]


Can I Have a Non-Violent Relationship with Cancer (Part 2)

Posted November 16th, 2021

This is part 2 of Marisa’s blog. To read part 1, click here. Treating Cancer Without a Violent Spirit Having established that cancer is not my enemy can I find a less antagonistic way to face cancer? A cancer diagnosis is a grave problem, for sure, a scary reality evoking a wide range of feelings […]


Can I Have a Nonviolent Relationship with Cancer? (Part 1)

Posted November 15th, 2021

By Marisa Guerin, PhD I have long been struck by the language of war and violence that is associated with cancer, but it hasn’t been a personal concern…. until now. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma, and I now find myself sorting through my feelings […]


Medicare Advantage Plans: Read the Fine Print!

Posted November 12th, 2021

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 ends on December 7th. No doubt, like me, you have seen the countless commercials and even 30-minute-long infomercials from various Medicare Advantage plans touting the great benefits of these plans—like dental and vision coverage, gym memberships, meals, transportation to medical appointments—and many others. For some, Medicare Advantage plans are good […]