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Reflections

Recently I wrote about the loneliness that can happen in cancer survivorship. More people looked at that topic than any other I have ever posted.  This confirms my belief that there is a great need for people who have survived cancer to tell their stories and to be offered services …

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“[If you hear a] story about how eating sausage leads to anal cancer, you will be skeptical, because it has never happened to anyone you know, and sausage, after all, is delicious.”
― David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory …

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Connection with others who share a similar situation can create a sense of belonging.    It’s scary and lonely to deal with illness all alone.   And we can also feel very alone when we are done with treatment.    Friends and family may not be as attentive as they were …

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“Seeing into darkness is clarity. Knowing how to yield is strength”
Lao Tse
 
Moving forward after treatment for breast cancer can feel really confusing.  On the one hand, you’re glad it’s over.  On the other hand, it can feel tough because the intense …

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Holding on to the belief that life is fair is another way to avoid the truth of uncertainty.  Years ago I was in a local market and overheard a conversation between a mother and her little boy. The boy was angling for something he wanted, and quite persistent in his …

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Porch Light
Winter light fading, husband and dog gone
for a walk, they’ll be back in an hour.
If the sky goes dark, I turn the porch light on.
Exhausted after working all day long,
he’s devoted to home, hearth, his other.
Winter light fading, husband and dog …

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“I’m not sure that you actually have the ability to recognize when you’re tired, because you’re so used to pushing through it,” the doctor told her.
This statement is from an article in Cure Magazine about Joan Lunden’s experience while she was in treatment for Triple …

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“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” Maya Angelou
How do you disappear from cancer?  How do you get away – even when you can’t take …

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“He who sings scares away his woes.” –– Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Each day I take a stroll past a small home in my neighborhood.  On the porch of this place is a cage where a small cockatiel makes her own little home. Covered by a maroon blanket faded …

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“The only journey is the journey within.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Whether good or bad, life changing situations often give people a chance to grow, learn and appreciate what’s important to them.  Many people with cancer describe their experience as a journey. It’s not necessarily a journey they would …

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