10 Tips for National Cancer Prevention Month

Posted February 10th, 2021

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. While you are likely well aware of things you should do to prevent cancer –avoiding smoking and wearing sunscreen, and getting regular screenings for colon, breast and prostate cancer, for example– there are other steps you can start taking now to up your odds of remaining cancer-free. In fact, […]


Begin Each Day…

Posted January 20th, 2021

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Begin each day with a grateful heart.~ Abraham Heschel The above quote is one I have above my bathroom mirror. It has known many homes since I […]


My Experience as the Music Volunteer at Penn

Posted April 2nd, 2020

From the time I started my graduate degree in Music therapy, I knew I wanted to do work within the medical setting. The very first class I ever took was based on methods in medical music therapy and immediately something clicked for me. I realized I wanted to be the person who brought music to […]


On the Front Lines with Cancer and COVID-19

Posted March 19th, 2020

While the rest of the world is learning how to work from home, I am focusing on providing outstanding care for my patients in a whole new way.  Of course, I am continuing to adhere to the recommended guidelines for advanced safety by enhancing hand hygiene, surface decontamination practices and avoiding contaminating my workspace.  More […]


Rodney Warner

Welcome to Cancerland!

Posted March 18th, 2020

If you’ve been treated for cancer, “social distancing” is old news. Where not to go, what not to do, hand washing, been there done that. Why? Because the disease and treatment can leave your immune system a mess. All this annoying shit that, if it’s not driving you crazy now but might in the future, […]


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 […]


Back To School Health Tips

Posted September 6th, 2019

Back to school time can be busy and stressful. Buying supplies and uniforms, settling into a new routine or schedule and back to school meetings can put a lot on your plate. Being affected by cancer can make this time of year even more stressful. It is very important to try to stay healthy during […]


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 […]


How to Combat Loss of Appetite

Posted April 18th, 2019

Now that we have metallic tastes understood, I would like to point out that combating metallic tastes has to take into consideration that an appetite is present already. Metallic tastes are generally found at the finish line of the eating experience. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to build an appetite from a […]


Cancer goes to the beach

Cancer Goes To The Beach

Posted July 12th, 2018

These webinars provide tips and tricks for planning a vacation while coping with cancer treatment. Part 1:Practical Issues and Planning Part 1 is presented by Christina Bach, LCSW, OSW-C, OncoLink Content Specialist and Psychosocial Content Editor. Part 2: Managing Medical Concerns Cancer Goes To The Beach Part 2-Managing Medical Concerns, is presented by Carolyn Vachani, […]