Category Archives for Cancer

The Challenge of Acceptance

In my late 20’s I went to a fortune teller in a corner shop in New York City just for the fun of it. She read my tarot cards and declared I would have a wonderful life. “No tragedies!”, she said. I have clung to that prediction whenever I was in a scary situation, feeling […]

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Carpe Diem

Seize the Day, Live Life to the Fullest, Be Here Now, You Only Have One Life, we’ve heard them all, right? We hear this and go, “Right! I should definitely be more appreciative/present/aware”. But how many of us actually live this way? For how many of us does this last for more than 5 minutes? […]

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Impossible decisions

The diagnosis came in as Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare type of B-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is 40% in my bone marrow (apparently common with this type) which is what puts it in the Stage 4 category. Other than the bone marrow, the cancer is only in the lymph nodes in my neck. […]

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Losing my hair

When I first got the news that I might need chemo, what concerned me most was losing my hair. Of course, I didn’t like the idea of poison coursing through my veins killing off my immune system (that I had ironically worked hard to get strong over the last few years since my dairy allergy […]

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Thank you cancer!

I’m participating in a 21 day meditation challenge with Oprah and Deepak Chopra. It began on the day that I first met with an Oncologist and found I had enlarged lymph nodes in multiple places on my body. That first meditation’s Centering Thought was “I am open to miracles.” Boy was I ever open to […]

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WTF? I have cancer?

Three words you never want to hear your doctor say: biopsy, oncologist, lymphoma. I have had these impossible words spoken to me many times over the past 6 weeks as the doctors have tried to figure out what was causing my lymph nodes to be enlarged. Time went really fast and at the same time […]

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