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Blog Posts about Living with Cancer

Each day, I read about the latest changes in cancer treatments. New advances are announced on a regular basis made in the war against this terrible disease.This research will get a boost from the  21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill which was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13. The act will provide $6 billion for biomedical Read more…


This week, I wanted to share a couple of ideas that can help you to increase your gratitude this Christmas—and all year long. Let’s start with an easy way to get your family focused on their blessings.Make a Memory Ornament for your Christmas tree.We’ve done this for several years. Sometimes, I forget about it until the last minute and grab Read more…


Making Memories

Making memories as a familyEvery family makes memories, either intentionally or unintentionally as they move though life together. When someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer, it’s especially important to become intentional in this memory making process.Your life as a family is much like an orchestra.You all have a part to play. As parents, you conduct, moving your family Read more…


Caregiving can really tear you apart at the seams.It’s hard enough being a caregiver for one family member or friend, but when there are others who are depending on you, caregiving can feel like an impossible task.There’s something called the sandwich generation.I’m in it, and maybe you are too. It’s when you’re caring for a parent (or in my case, Read more…


As part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, we write a blog post the first Wednesday of every month on a particular topic. The goal is to encourage and support one another. This month’s question is,  “What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?” It’s Read more…


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Our family is in that difficult time that all cancer patients and their loved ones get to experience–the waiting. We are grateful that at least Dan is feeling good right now. But, the waiting is hard.As a cancer patient or loved one, you spend a lot of time waiting. It starts when you suspect something is wrong and you have Read more…


I’m part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. it’s a fun group of writers and bloggers who share how things are going with their writing and encourage one another. You can find out more about these awesome (and sometimes insecure) writers,  HERE.One of the things we do on the 1st Wednesday of each month is to write on a specific Read more…


Facing Cancer as a Friend

In case you haven’t heard, Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone who has Cancer, is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats!This morning, Dan and I were having coffee and a bagel, on Panera’s patio,  when I overheard a conversation that stopped me dead. I wasn’t trying to be nosy. It’s just that when I hear Read more…


That Dragon, Cancer

When I first heard about the game, That Dragon, Cancer from my children, I couldn’t understand what the appeal would be. It is a “game” about a child having and dying from cancer. But, they kept asking for it, so when it went on sale, I bought it. I decided I would check it out before letting them “play” the game.That Read more…

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