It’s My Age, Not My Speed Limit

About six months ago, I got two snail mail letters from the Social Security Administration. I’m happy to report that, amid all the bloody, effing nonsense the current administration & the Senate put us through last year, with government shutdowns, games of budgetary chicken, etcetera and ad infinitum, the SSA was not one of the […]

Don’t Make Me Laugh: How to Improve Bladder Control

Faulty plumbing. There are a lot of reasons why we seem to get more leaky as we get older. But, as with breast cancer, the main risk factor for developing some form of urinary incontinence is being female. We get used to it early, in a way. Once we start menstruating, we leak blood every […]

The Misogyny and Deplorables* of Pinktober

The wrong kind of awareness. It’s probably happened to all women. It recently happened to me when I made a homecare visit to a patient’s house, and she introduced me to her son. But the setting could be at the office or at a party. You are introduced to a man for the first time. […]

A Friend in the Storm: A Review of Nancy Stordahl’s Cancer Memoir

Being a breast cancer patient can be lonely. Even with supportive friends and family, no one really knows what it’s like to endure the shock, anger, grief, and stress of being diagnosed with cancer, and then to undergo the scorched-earth treatment of it. No one knows what it’s like to put up with exhortations to […]