Why Am I Poisoning Myself?

Posted December 19th, 2011

It’s that time of year again. No, not Christmas, but in a couple weeks the New Year, 2012, will be upon us. With the new year, comes resolutions, kept and broken.

When to Hold a Hand, When to Kick an Ass

Posted December 12th, 2011

As an attorney, I worked with cancer survivors. I tried to make their lives easier, so they could focus on recovery and treatment. It could mean talking about planning issues, advanced medical directives, employment problems or family issues. I had a client in her 30’s with stage three breast cancer. She was the single mother of a young daughter. The father was less than reliable and never let the truth interfere with his relationships with women (at one point he lied to his fiancée (not my client) and denied he had a daughter).

CancerLand Bookshelf: When My World Was Very Small: a memoir of family, food, cancer and my couch

Posted December 7th, 2011

How’s it going?” I ask the teenager sitting across from me. I choose my words carefully before speaking them aloud. Consciously avoid saying how are you? Or worse, how are you feeling?

Brown Bag Web Chat: Interpreting Test Results

Date: January 24, 2012 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST Do you hear your test results- like radiology tests, biopsies and tumor markers – and wonder, what does that mean? Join our nurses for an educational webchat on interpreting test results and become an active participant in your care! Our experts will address your questions […]

Christmas with Cancer

Posted November 28th, 2011

It’s supposed to be The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Even for those of us lucky enough to be “normal” and “healthy”, it’s a time of stress and high expectations. We’re supposed to be happy, even when we’re dealing with uncomfortable family get togethers, spending time at office “holiday” parties with co-workers we don’t like all that much and trying to cram gift purchases into our budgets. Add to it the cold, snowy and icy weather and financial issues you may have, December is an emotional mine field for the unprepared.

Christina’s Resource Roundup: Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Posted November 3rd, 2011

Did you know that November is National Pet Cancer Awareness month? I am a “pet parent” to three amazing dogs, two of whom do therapy work with me.

An Extra Smile

Donna-Lee Lista As I sit here on Halloween night realizing that this is the unofficial start of the holiday season, I reflect on all the firsts this holiday season will present. This is my first Halloween without a mother, and subsequently the first Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think back on how proud and excited my […]

Have You Had Your Flu Shot?

Posted November 1st, 2011

Flu vaccine information is everywhere you turn these days, from the supermarket to the news. Every year around this time, questions about flu vaccination start popping up in cancer clinics. Many people with cancer may be wondering how they can best prevent getting sick, and if they should be vaccinated against the flu. Here are […]

The In’s and Out’s of Medicare Open Enrollment Part 3: Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

Posted October 24th, 2011

Have you been pouring over your medicare open enrollment options? Well, lets add another pot to the stove as we look at Medicare Part D.

The St. Louis Cardinals

Posted October 20th, 2011

They’re in this year’s World Series. They beat our home town Philadelphia Phillies, which should be reason enough to root against them. But they were my brother’s favorite team, so it’s not that easy. Bart died of cancer (multiple myeloma) in 2006. That was the last time the Cardinals won the World Series. By October […]