Category Archive: attitude

Jun 14

Finding Peace When You Didn’t Think You Would

            Everybody reacts differently to the diagnosis of cancer or any other life-threatening condition. Your reaction or your loved one’s reaction and mine probably had many things in common, but no doubt there were differences as well. You might have feared this illness for years because other relatives already had been …

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Jun 07

Yes, there IS life after cancer!

        This past Sunday was National Cancer Survivor’s Day— a holiday to celebrate survivors and remind them and their caregivers that there really is life after a cancer diagnosis. So when do you know that you or your loved one is a cancer survivor? When the scan comes back clear? When the …

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May 03

“Some days you’re the pigeon & some days you’re the statue!”

        I appreciate that many of you have told me you really like the quotes I used as introductions to each chapter in my new book Peace in the Face of Cancer. I spent many, many hours researching fitting quotes and trying to find firsthand sources to confirm their attributions. But there …

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Apr 12

An Amazing Story of Beating the Odds

          Are you praying for yourself or someone you love to be cured? Are the odds stacked against that prayer? Or have doctors even told you not to expect it to happen? I have an amazing story for you today about a man who was given no chance for survival, but is …

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Apr 05

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Not-So-Peaceful Life

          My new book Peace in the Face of Cancer officially released yesterday and I thought I’d share a little behind-the-scenes look at my life—just in case you have any misconception I have it all together! Last week I had three online podcast interviews.  The first two were on Skype, which I …

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Mar 22

A Sneak Peek at My First Chapter!

          My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. MAYA ANGELOU   I remember going in for my five-year cancer checkup and gleefully announcing to my oncologist, Dr. Marc Hirsh, that I wouldn’t …

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Mar 01

How to Encourage the Discouraged

        I remember so well the first cancer support group meeting I attended at our community  hospital. It was the summer of 1990. I was a reporter for a local newspaper and recently had interviewed Mary, the new group’s facilitator. When I showed up at a support group meeting just eight weeks after …

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Feb 01

Can You See Your Shadow?

          There I was staring right into the steely eyes of a hammerhead shark. Then another shark swam toward me. Over my shoulder, I could see a third heading my way. I never flinched. I didn’t even attempt to run. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Why? Not because …

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Jan 18

Why not start a HOPE collection?

          Not many 77-year-old women are upset about having cancer because they won’t be able to tap dance, but my friend Linda sure was. The lively great-grandmother was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer (a rare female cancer usually treated similarly to ovarian cancer) in October 2010 and faced major abdominal surgery …

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Jan 11

Happy endings only, please!

          If this hasn’t happened to you yet, I’m pretty sure it will. Someone finds out you or your loved one has cancer–or some other serious diagnosis–and begins to tell you a story about a relative or friend of theirs who had a similar one. I’m sure it’s an attempt to …

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