Depression and Cancer: An Insider’s View

[Reposted on October 10, 2012 for World Mental Health Day.] A shattering silence. Oh, the nonsense we cancer patients have to put up with… It’s not bad enough that we have to endure being slashed, burned and poisoned, but we have to endure unsolicited opinions, advice and ignorance about our emotional response to being slashed, […]

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A Time For Grieving & Remembrance

I have been trying to puzzle out exactly what is at the core of how I feel this year about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For weeks now, I have been perplexed, knowing that the explanations I’ve come up with so far have fallen short. Last night, I decided to put on my clinician hat and […]

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The Big Squish

Before and after. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I have my requisite diagnostic mammogram in exactly 1 hour, 18 minutes and 43 seconds. Not that I’m anxious or anything. Oh, no. Just trying to waste some time before I have to run out to the car and go. There’s a certain exit off […]

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Lost and Found

“Your biopsy is positive.” Those were the words I heard when I found out I had cancer.   I’ll never forget those words.   I’ll never forget the day, the hour, where I was, what I was doing when I heard them.   I’ll never forget the strange, weirdly comic experience of having the stereotactic […]

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