Category Archives: writing from cancer and serious illness

For the Week of August 20, 2017: Learning from Life’s Hard Knocks

There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with being published.  Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is that it allows you to come to terms with your life narrative.  It … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 13, 2014: The Sometimes Difficult Friendship With Our Bodies

…Use to be I just had arthritis and rheumatism, now—it’s a pain in the neck—I got a convulsive heart. I come from Twenty-second and Eighth, where I’m helping my brother. For me that’s a long walk. So I wait. I … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 6, 2017: Seasons of Life; Seasons of Cancer

Maggie and I made our usual stroll through the neighborhood park as we do each morning.  Although she’s much more interested in squirrel patrol than the other dogs who arrive with their owners for a romp in the off leash … Continue reading

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For the Week of July 30, 2017: The Necessity of Small Rituals

I’ve been trying to re-establish a sense of normalcy and routine after a month or more of upheaval as we’ve weathered a house sale, moved our belongings across the country and settled into an apartment in Toronto.  For the past … Continue reading

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For the Week of July 23, 2017: Getting Dealt the Cancer Card

Because of my involvement in the cancer community, I’m the frequent recipient of unsolicited emails or Facebook invitations, all dealing, to a greater or lesser degree, with cancer, whether one individual’s journey or a cancer support organization.  Despite my work, … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 25, 2017: “You Gotta’ Have Friends”

A friend is someone who likes you. It can be a boy… It can be a girl… These are the opening pages to Joan Walsh Anglund’s beloved little book, A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, first published in 1958, one that … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 18, 2017: Remembering Fathers

He wasn’t hard on us kids,
never struck us… He used to sing in the car
 bought us root beers along the road.
 He loved us with his deeds. (From: “A Father’s Pain,” in A River Remains by Larry Smith) It’s … Continue reading

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