Cancer

How Not to Say the Wrong Thing to Someone Who is Grieving (and how to say the right thing)

Why is it so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving? Death is universal. It happens everywhere, and eventually, to everyone. Why are we not taught, from childhood, how to respond when someone experiences a loss? Whether the loss is the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, …

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Living with Dying: Thoughts on friendship and cancer

I get by with a little help from my friends

lymphedema treatment act

Caring for the Skin You’re In: Cancer, Cellulitis and The Lymphedema Treatment Act

Right now, I’m sitting in the heat, with this hot computer on my lap, and every fan in the house aimed at me while I try to type with just my left hand. My right hand is out of commission and elevated on a pile of pillows. This scenario is not conducive to getting much …

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listen to your mother

A Note to Mom | Listen to Your Mother

The day before Mother’s Day, thirteen Seattle area writers came together to share their thoughts and observations on motherhood at Seattle’s inaugural production of the Listen to Your Mother¬†show. I was one of those writers. Today, videos of each segment of the show were released. I appeared first, so my clip is up first, but …

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when cancer complicates body image and parenting

When cancer complicates body image and parenting

Body image is a critical issue when raising young girls. When mom’s body image is complicated by cancer, things get interesting.

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