Monthly Archives: November 2011

choosing my battles

Because I am choosing my battles today and everyday, I am choosing to write about an aspect of the healthcare system that drives me crazy instead of stressing myself out trying to fix it. In a perfect world I would … Continue reading

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moving on

Thanksgiving weekend was filled with a lot of usual things: food, family, fires, and long car trips, and one unusual thing: lots of talk about cancer. Learning to talk about cancer is almost like learning a different language. Since it … Continue reading

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making cancer fun

My old co-worker and friend Jessica Levco deserves a lot of the credit for the video I posted last week that has become so popular. I was the “star,” yes. I had the “story,” OK. But she convinced me that … Continue reading

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the cure

I think grad school has ruined my idealism. Before I started grad school I used to believe in things that couldn’t necessarily be proven definitively in academic journals and with studies. Now, in my classes and in my papers, we … Continue reading

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doing so well

Something my oncologist said at my appointment last week has really stuck with me. And the fact that it stuck with me this whole week with everything else that was going on means it must be important. My appointment last week … Continue reading

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stupid prices

Truth be told, I would much rather fix the health care and health insurance system in this country than pay my medical bills. But the reality is, I still have to pay my medical bills. Remember that scan two weeks … Continue reading

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me, dancing

On my cancerversary a few weeks ago, my parents sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers with this message attached: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; but learning to dance in the rain. Have fun dancing. … Continue reading

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video: will joseph gordon-levitt have coffee with me?

As you might recall, I saw the cancer comedy 50/50 recently and was impressed with it, though it was difficult emotionally for me to watch. Also, I didn’t admit this in my first post about it, but after seeing Joseph … Continue reading

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drinking and being irresponsible

One thing I really miss about being healthy is that I always had the freedom to do what I wanted without really having to plan ahead. Particularly when it comes to drinking alcohol. (Also, when it comes to medical bills.) I was … Continue reading

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zebras (NET Cancer Day)

Today is neuroendocrine tumor cancer day. I will be wearing a zebra ribbon and my “i am a liver” bracelet (which has been newly engineered) and trying to avoid any awkward conversations. Which probably isn’t the purpose of NET Cancer Day–the … Continue reading

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