Bone Deep: the painful reality of metastatic cancer

Metastatic cancer pain exposes you for who you really are. It’s not for the weak, the faint-hearted, nor the complainer or the introvert afraid to stand up for themselves. If your best qualities consist of empathy, neatness, downhill skiing, contact sports, or binge watching hours of television, this type of pain shan’t suit your lifestyle. Oh and if you work, metastatic cancer pain probably won’t help you get that promotion you’ve waited years to earn.… Read More Bone Deep: the painful reality of metastatic cancer

Cancer and Intimacy: How to maintain life in a healthy relationship when you’re not healthy

I contend, against what some might disagree with, that the fundamental rules of the road still apply to relationships even after a cancer diagnosis. Mind you, special circumstances arise like depression for either partner, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the patient, anxiety, survivors guilt (if you’re not stage four), and an inability to partake in… Read More Cancer and Intimacy: How to maintain life in a healthy relationship when you’re not healthy

The Metastatic Identity : I look different inside

Cancer doesn’t look like me outside but inside I look like cancer. #haiku The above photo collage represents me at turning points in my life over my near 54 years. Anyone diagnosed with any kind of cancer, chronic or terminal illness changes at the core of their essence. Such a granular and fundamental shift in… Read More The Metastatic Identity : I look different inside

Dense: Very Stupid Breasts Outsmart Early Detection

Have you also noticed a sharp increase in the number of tweets and other social media posts regarding the importance of early detection in early stage cancers? I noticed a huge rise in mentions of mammography and self exam as tools in the messaging as well. Perhaps it’s my overactive brain looking for data points.… Read More Dense: Very Stupid Breasts Outsmart Early Detection