Hostility & wit confronting inequality, stigma & culture
Why Would Anyone Worry About Cancer?
Why worry about cancer? Because, fucking cancer. It is natural if a friend or family member has been diagnosed with cancer for you to worry about getting it yourself. It is seriously going around, and is not as effective as a weight loss regime as you might think. Crossfit might be better. I get approached […]More
Doctor’s Office Scales Lie!
Freaking Out Nurses: Doctor’s Office Scales Lie I visited my gynocologist this week for my now bi-annual visit on account of some three rogue papsmear results in a row. I instructed my doctor that she is in charge of the ovaries. No lady ovary cancer, please. She assured me she had my ovaries’ back and […]More
Dilemma: Which Line Will Move Faster?
Which Line Will Move Faster? I once managed a lawsuit in North Carolina which necessitated me to be there dozens of times a year. I knew that I was overstaying my welcome in my home away from home when some citizen asked me for directions and I was able to direct him accurately on his […]More
Oncology Waiting Rooms: What’s Your Cancer?
Oncology Waiting Rooms I had an appointment to talk to my ENT about my sinuses following radiation therapy today. It wasn’t until the receptionist called me up after I sat down in the waiting room for fifteen minutes that I realized I was actually in my dermatologist’s office. Yeah, I feel like I keep pulling boner […]More
Breast Lumpectomy : Performance Anxiety
Next Up: Breast Lumpectomy Nothing new on the cancer front other than I have a surgery date. November 28th. I opted to wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday so I could enjoy friends. I’m not really that nervous about the surgery. I tend to get anxious when there is a performance component attached. For instance, […]More
Cancer: Thoughts About Mortality
Thoughts About Mortality: First phone call after cancer diagnosis Before I confided in my husband, before I told a single soul, the first way I processed the news was to send an email to my estate attorney. I was obsessed with thoughts about mortality. I didn’t tell him I caught cancer but I did request that […]More
Living With Cancer: You Look Good.
Living with cancer My friend, Wendi, picked me up when it was still dark to drive me to Barnes Jewish for my early morning PET scan and CT scan. As part of the PET scan, Marty injected me with sugar water and a radioactive component (F18). Cells that rapidly divide (like cancer) absorb more sugar. No sweet […]More
Cancer Diagnosis Response
Cancer Diagnosis Response of Family My 9 YO’s response to my cancer diagnosis was priceless. I DON’T WANT FISHSTICKS! Not the cancer diagnosis response I expected but one I will always remember. I have been trying to make the rounds with my friends, telling them what’s going on. I know everyone wants to help and […]More