Cancer – The Bully. The Villain. The Teacher?

Cancer – The Bully. The Villain. The Teacher?

Cancer is a horrible monster. It took my own body and convinced it to turn against me. In some ways, it felt like the biggest betrayal. I could easily say ...

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We’re Under Siege! – Tips for Battling Treatment Side Effects

We’re Under Siege! – Tips for Battling Treatment Side Effects

When your world explodes with those horrid words, “It’s cancer,” you’re immediately drafted into a war to save your life. The doctors and nurses begin to hit ...

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“Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!” Asking for Help While in Treatment

“Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!” Asking for Help While in Treatment

I had three young kids, a budding writing career, and a house to maintain. I drove my kids (ages 4, 10, and 12) to every sports practice and school function. I made dinner ...

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Not the Torture Chamber I Envisioned – Chemo Treatment Room

Not the Torture Chamber I Envisioned – Chemo Treatment Room

The first time I saw the chemotherapy ward, I had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was told that I’d be sitting in a curtained-off area on a treatment ward ...

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Head Games and Other Ways to Deal with Pain

Head Games and Other Ways to Deal with Pain

When I battled for my life against ovarian cancer, I discovered there are different types of pain. There is the sharp, can’t-breathe, pain after surgery. There is the deep ...

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Exercise Lying Down? Absolutely!

Exercise Lying Down? Absolutely!

Right before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I was the fittest I had ever been in my life. I ran almost every day with my golden retriever and played soccer ...

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