Illness Is Not Identity: Butterflies Are Free

“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to [me] what it concedes to the butterflies!” Charles Dickens, Bleak House. If you’re not familiar with Bleak House, which is one of the most complex—and one of the most rewarding—of Dickens’ novels, perhaps you've heard this quotation in Butterflies Are Free, a 1972 film (based… Continue reading Illness Is Not Identity: Butterflies Are Free

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Three-Month Reviews, Views, & News

Cancer Awareness Ribbons - Foundation for Women's Cancer As I mentioned in the November 15, 2013 post, awareness ribbons are all over the web, although the color schemes may not yet be standardized (and ribbons and products related to causes have become very commercialized). I happened to wear a turquoise-aqua-tealish-color sweater (with matching socks!) to my medical appointments… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Three-Month Reviews, Views, & News

My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Shorn on the First Full Day of Spring

Skin Cancer-Related Posts: November 21, 2013: Yet Another Cancer–Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp December 31, 2013: ...Skin Cancer No More: Lessons from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come January 1, 2014: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with Baby Shampoo...& the Promise of a Fresh Start - Part 1 January 2, 2014: Baby New Year 2014 Arrives with… Continue reading My Story – Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp: Shorn on the First Full Day of Spring

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained-Update

Final lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp.    The Patient Path . . .        Yields Illumination Last weekend, I got the call from Pier 1 that my “new new” lamp was finally in. I had broken the “old new” lamp 10 days before while making the purchase and had… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained-Update

Healthful, Delicious Eating: Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch

Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch Plate Now, please don't say "ugh" or "yuck." Even if you're not a cottage cheese fan, you can put together a quick, healthful, satisfying lunch plate in five minutes using five simple ingredients of your choice. I used low-fat cottage cheese, arugula, a Campari tomato, some red bell pepper, and a scallion. You can… Continue reading Healthful, Delicious Eating: Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Reading & Writing as Therapy

The Golden Book...A True Treasure   The Silver Pen Pin...A Lovely Gift    As you recover from a serious illness, all things therapeutic become achingly important. One of the most vital is reconnecting with who you feel yourself to be, beyond the reaches of cells gone bad. The question of identity arises for each of us… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Reading & Writing as Therapy

Postscript: Kohl’s “Wink of Pink” Campaign for Spring–and the Pink Elephant Page Supporting Breast Cancer

Think Spring, Think Pink In yesterday's post, I mentioned a gift package I'd received from my sister, Vicki Sue, on my 60th birthday--eerily, a year before I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer. These are all the Elle items in the gift package--100% of the net profits went to breast cancer programs. (As I mentioned… Continue reading Postscript: Kohl’s “Wink of Pink” Campaign for Spring–and the Pink Elephant Page Supporting Breast Cancer

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained

Lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp. This story was updated on March 19, 2014. Shattered Glass & Fragmented Spirits Part of my personal treatment plan is to sort through all of my possessions—mounds of them, many of them paper records and memorabilia—and consolidate and clear out as much as possible. This is… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained