Fare thee well my bright star

Posted October 11th, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, the final entry to the Healing Paws blog. Finn, the wonderful therapy dog who was the focus of this blog series, died on August 28th. He had been coping with multiple complications after having his CCL (the dog equivalent of the ACL) repaired in April. […]

There’s an App for That- Medication Reminders

Posted March 31st, 2017

Chances are, if you have cancer or are a cancer survivor, you are taking more than one oral medication. You may be taking pain medications, anxiety or depression medications, anti nausea medications, vitamins/supplements; not to mention medications you may need to manage other health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. With all […]

A New Life’s Work: A Multiple Myeloma Story

Posted March 17th, 2017

“Your bones are moth eaten.” That was Michael’s introduction to multiple myeloma. Just a few days earlier, he had taken a trip down the shore with his family. While body surfing, he got pummeled by a wave. It had happened before; he didn’t think much of it. But pain in his neck persisted. He rested. […]

There’s an App for That! Cloud Storage-Part 2

Posted March 9th, 2017

So, you have selected a cloud storage platform…great job! Now it’s time to get your documents into the cloud. Within your cloud storage platform, create a file JUST for medical records. If you want to protect your information, be sure to password protect this file (but be sure someone else knows your password to access […]

There’s an App for That! Cloud Sharing and Storage (part 3 in a series)

Posted March 2nd, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the “cloud” is? Cloud storage is defined as “a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the Internet, or “cloud.” It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on storage servers (https://www.techopedia.com/definition/26535/cloud-storage).” Cloud storage can be very helpful in backing […]

There’s an App for That!-“Find My Phone!” (part 2 in a series)

Posted February 24th, 2017

Picture this: It’s been another busy day at your cancer treatment center. Between your lab draws, your infusion, a follow up visit with the radiation oncologist and attending a support group, you’ve been in a lot of places. As you are preparing to head home, you reach in your pocket or purse for your phone […]

There’s an App for That! (part 1 in a series)

Posted February 15th, 2017

Welcome to my newest blog series, “There’s an App for That!”  In this series, I’ll feature apps and features available on your mobile phone/tablet that can help you manage your cancer care. Full disclosure: this entry of “There’s an App for That” focuses specifically on a tool available only on ipPhones and with the iOS […]

Rethinking Gratitude

Posted February 10th, 2017

When I was working on the inpatient unit and in the oncology clinic, I was struck by many things. The range of emotions experienced was quite incredible—everything from hope and optimism, to pain and suffering. One thing that always struck me was that often, no matter how difficult the situation, was the need for patients […]

My Christmas Wish: Let’s Stop the Blame Game

Posted December 16th, 2016

Wednesday night I watched the season finale of Survivor, which is one of my favorite shows.  Spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched yet and don’t want to know who won, stop reading NOW. Adam, a member of the “millennial” tribe, was the “ultimate survivor.”  He won all the votes of the jury.  He played an interesting […]

Cancer Doesn’t Take a Christmas Break

Posted December 13th, 2016

Last week, I watched the hit Fall TV show, “This is Us.”  In this episode, one of the main characters, when faced with a health crisis of one of her children, reassured the child by saying, “Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve.” What a lovely thought.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could tell […]