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 […]


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 […]


Checking in on our Mental Health

Posted May 14th, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the next few weeks, OncoLink will feature blogs about common mental health challenges faced by cancer patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Please remember, if you are in crisis, help is available. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline 800-950-6264 How are you doing? […]


Getting through the Holidays-With a Little Help From Oncolink

Posted December 22nd, 2020

Over the years, our team has done webinars and written blogs and articles covering all kinds of things that come up during the holiday season when you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. We thought it would be useful to provide a guide of sorts to all these resources. We hope these resources can help […]


Coping with COVID

Posted March 16th, 2020

An introduction to the blog series we wish we didn’t have to write. These next several weeks will be challenging for everyone. We are learning to live differently. To think about “we” instead of “me.” To work remotely while supervising our kids’ learning. To care for family members who are at “high” risk. To be […]


Ho, Ho…Hell No–Facing the Holiday Season with a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted December 21st, 2018

Channukah, Christmas, Kwanza…. and Cancer?  The problem with Gratitude is that it knows too much. Sure, it has an innocent and ingénue side. It gets good press and is prominently featured in loving-kindness meditations, Oprah magazine and bedtime journal entries. But in order to arrive at it’s truest moment and the heart of it all, […]


How to Be Diagnosed With Cancer

Posted May 24th, 2018

It’s a tacky educational brochure you hope no one ever thrusts in your hands: So You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer, Now What? I certainly didn’t know what to do with myself. My first diagnosis when I was 28 came after a game of phone tag. The surgeon who performed the needle biopsy—the gentleman who had […]


What’s the Big Deal About Hair, Anyway?

Posted February 23rd, 2018

We are beautiful without it! Of all the things I was suddenly faced with once I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, losing my hair wasn’t at the top of my worry list. Although I professed not to care about this side effect of chemotherapy, it was an agonizing experience. I thought I had a fail-proof […]


A New Life’s Work: A Multiple Myeloma Story

Posted March 17th, 2017

“Your bones are moth eaten.” That was Michael’s introduction to multiple myeloma. Just a few days earlier, he had taken a trip down the shore with his family. While body surfing, he got pummeled by a wave. It had happened before; he didn’t think much of it. But pain in his neck persisted. He rested. […]