There Is No ‘After’ After Breast Cancer

Last week, before the start of October, I watched a film called “Love, Gilda,” a loving tribute about Gilda Radner. A comedic genius, she was the first person hired years ago to be part of the cast of a new NBC show called Saturday Night Live. I can still do a creditable imitation of one […]

Cognitive Dysfunction & Cancer Treatment: Old News

To all the compassionate, skilled physicians and oncology clinicians I have come to know online and in real life since becoming a member of the cancer club, let me just say thank you. You know who you are. You are not the ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ practitioners. You are the ones who actually listen to your patients; ask […]

You’re Making Me Crazy

Shadows and fog The story I am going to tell in this post is true. It’s a story that has been told to me over the past several months. Certain details have been omitted, but I asked for and got permission to relate the essentials here. The essentials are accurate. The image of the straitjacket […]

Depression and Cancer: An Insider’s View

[Reposted on October 10, 2012 for World Mental Health Day.] A shattering silence. Oh, the nonsense we cancer patients have to put up with… It’s not bad enough that we have to endure being slashed, burned and poisoned, but we have to endure unsolicited opinions, advice and ignorance about our emotional response to being slashed, […]