Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: It’s Okay to Ignore Pinktober

[Originally published as a Note on my Facebook page on Saturday, September 30, 2017 while my blog server was down.] PTSD: Pink-Tober Stress Disorder There’s more than one type of PTSD. There’s the post-traumatic stress disorder that many of us develop, to one degree or another, after having cancer and cancer treatment. It’s the kind […]

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The Misogyny and Deplorables* of Pinktober

The wrong kind of awareness. It’s probably happened to all women. It recently happened to me when I made a homecare visit to a patient’s house, and she introduced me to her son. But the setting could be at the office or at a party. You are introduced to a man for the first time. […]

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The Pinktober Curse: Wake Me Up When It’s Over

On October 1st, the small town I live in is having an outdoor celebration called RiverFest. I live in the Ocean State, but it could also be called the River State. Or even the Pond State. In any case, we have a river called the Saugatucket, with a great walking bridge over it in the […]

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A Friend in the Storm: A Review of Nancy Stordahl’s Cancer Memoir

Being a breast cancer patient can be lonely. Even with supportive friends and family, no one really knows what it’s like to endure the shock, anger, grief, and stress of being diagnosed with cancer, and then to undergo the scorched-earth treatment of it. No one knows what it’s like to put up with exhortations to […]

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