Navigating the Holidays Through Nutrition

Posted December 19th, 2018

The holidays are just around the corner, and with that, we often find ourselves out of our normal routines. We may be away from work, traveling or spending time with families, friends and copious amounts of food. For many patients undergoing active cancer treatment, their appetites and how they feel may not be the same […]


Mindful Holiday Celebrations: Honoring Memories and Traditions

Posted December 14th, 2018

This blog is part of the series “Demystifying Mindfulness.” I’m hoping I can help us all understand a little bit more about the practice of mindfulness, how it can be helpful and how we can integrate it into our lives. I cannot believe we are in December already. The year really has flown by. I’ve […]


Holiday Coping & Enjoying!

Posted December 4th, 2018

For many of us, Thanksgiving was a day we spent perhaps a little more simply than usual. For cancer patients and families who are in current treatment, holidays can be a bit tricky. We may not have the energy for large gatherings. Our appetites and treatment sensitivities may suggest a small and VERY downsized day…even […]


Holiday Cooking Tips

Posted November 20th, 2018

The holiday season is fast approaching, and no matter what, you do you can’t slow it down, and you can’t stop it from coming. As the chef in the family, I always volunteer to help out with all of the cooking. During my mother’s cancer treatments, I was really upset at the prospect that my […]


Holiday Traditions After A Loss

Posted December 20th, 2017

This year was pretty tough for me. I lost my beloved dog Finn. Finn was my partner in life and in work, as he was a therapy dog who provided love, support and relief to many cancer patients and their families over the years. As the holidays grew closer, I started to think more about […]


Dealing with cancer? 5 Gifts To Give Yourself This Holiday Season

Posted December 18th, 2017

My husband, Gary, was diagnosed with late-stage disease, whereupon the experts projected two years because he was relatively young and in good shape, and prostate cancer is slow-growing. But Gary beat the two-year deadline. In fact, he lived ten high-volume, courageous years. And if I needed to assign credit for his extended quality of life, […]


Celebrating The Holidays From A Hospital Bed

Posted December 7th, 2017

During my years working as a floor nurse, I spent a fair share of my holidays working. The holidays are a time for bringing family and friends together to celebrate the season. You may think this is not possible from a hospital bed but with a little bit of help, I promise you its possible. […]


Keeping The “Happy” In Happy Holidays!

Posted December 1st, 2017

Struggling with juggling everything during the holidays? Worried about managing treatment, side effects, holiday parties, shopping and family? Wondering how to honor a loved one coping with cancer during this holiday season? Our team hosted a webinar a few years back talking about these issues and more. It’s an oldie, but goodie that may give […]


6 Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season: Even with Cancer

Posted December 20th, 2016

I’m in New Jersey with the grands while The Parents are conspicuously absent. Hint: The Parents are in a place that involves sunglasses, fun T-shirts and odd-looking ears. Because life happens, and life included cancer, Hubby and I intentionally simplified Christmas gift-giving: gifts for the grandchildren, and warm fuzzy soft knitted creations for the beautiful […]


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 […]