“Clarity or Insanity?” Or “The Toilet Theme”

Posted April 19th, 2010

For about two years before my diagnosis, I had high fevers and night sweats like clockwork, every three to four months. I would start getting teeth chattering, body shaking, chills, and my temperature would glide upward. Over time, I also developed a cough and very itchy skin. To any oncologist, this would be recognized in […]


Lucky Number Seven

Posted April 4th, 2010

2003, in hindsight, was one of the best years of my life. At the time, it seemed pretty awful. It got off to a really bad start. In December 2002, my second relapse (of Hodgkin’s lymphoma) was diagnosed. The first one was diagnosed in October 2001. My original diagnosis was in December 2000. January 2003 […]


Jersey Girl

Posted March 29th, 2010

Yesterday I heard “Jersey Girl” on the radio…. I got no time for the corner boys, Down in the street making all that noise, Or the girls out on the avenue, ‘Cause tonight I wanna be with you. Tonight I’m gonna take that ride, Across the river to the Jersey side, Take my baby to […]


Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Posted March 3rd, 2010

When I started treatment, my sister suggested I write a journal of my experiences. I didn’t, because I couldn’t imagine wanting to keep a record of such an awful experience. Having survived it, and perhaps forgetting some of the really awful stuff, I wish I did keep a journal. The people I met were the […]