Category Archives: Support

My Babadook

(This post contains spoilers about a recent movie.) I took some extra time off from work during the holidays to recharge. 2016 was a very tough year all around. I was looking forward to doing fun things to distract myself … Continue reading

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Too formal

I find that the culture at my cancer hospital is too formal. And sometimes I need a hug or two. Maybe I am asking for too much. I recall my first visit. I first met with my surgeon, who was … Continue reading

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My Caregiver

I feel like I’ve taken my caregiver for granted. I know he is always there, waiting to please me. Always aware of my struggles and trying to comfort me in every way he can, even when he himself doesn’t have … Continue reading

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When I get too close

When I meet another BC patient, whether it’s online or in person, it becomes personal right away. There’s a risk I take every time I get too close. This is probably not the perfect analogy, but I remember the first … Continue reading

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Sometimes “Unfinished Business” stays unfinished

I am not into cancer movies. There’s something about the majority of them – at least the ones I’ve seen – that does not accurately portray my reality of having cancer. Maybe that’s too much to expect from Hollywood, but … Continue reading

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Walking away from ‘emotional cancers’

It’s not really possible to simply walk away from cancer. At least, I don’t find it possible. But I’m wondering — is it possible to just walk away from other toxic parts of life? I’ve realized that I need to … Continue reading

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She’s Bad News

It’s nothing new. I imagine I was never exactly ‘good news’ to my family – starting with the way I came into this world. It’s not like my parents were expecting me, all excited, with a decorated bedroom. They were … Continue reading

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Please don’t look the other way

I was having one of my morning talk sessions with my fiancé this past weekend. I was questioning why even some friends seem to look away from cancerland. I mentioned how — just as one small example — when I share … Continue reading

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