Why Am I So Tired? A Primer on Breast Cancer and Fatigue

About seven months ago, I started dealing with a serious health crisis that wasn’t cancer. Three of the disks in my neck were bulging and compressing my spinal cord, leaving me with neuropathy in both hands, weakness everywhere, decreased balance and coordination, and increased muscle pain and spasms. I couldn’t hold small objects or feel […]

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Willpower versus Fatigue: Not a Fair Fight

It’s that time of year again. Somewhere about now, eight years ago, I was told I had breast cancer. The good news is that I don’t remember the exact day, and I’m glad like that I have forgotten that particular detail. I do know it was in July, but I refuse to look it up. […]

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“My Heart is Not Any Age:” Random Thoughts on Growing Older

“My heart is not any age. It is a baby, an elder, a dog, a cat, divine.” — Anne Lamott, ‘This is the last Saturday of my fifties’ Two years ago, thanks to a friend, I stumbled on the fact that writer Anne Lamott and I were born on the same day. We were both […]

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Exercise After Cancer When You Don’t Feel Like It

There are a lot of folks out there who manage to get back to their pre-cancer fitness after treatment. Some of them even exceed their pre-cancer fitness. They run marathons, practice yoga regularly, take up kick-boxing, do spin classes or zumba, or walk three miles a day. I admire these folks unreservedly, but I am […]

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