Category Archives: Cancer

Crises & Mindfulness

Crises reveal your values because you have to choose. Ed Milliband In a crisis, I can’t have it all. When push comes to shove, what do I choose? It’s now the end of a too long day and I haven’t … Continue reading

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Thanks

I have made it to the two year mark, thankful. I made it with a wife who was the light out of the dark place where I was not sure I could go on. The chem doctor says “Two years … Continue reading

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Mindfulness in Crisis

Crises reveal your values because you have to choose. Ed Milliband It’s the end of a long day. I’m behind on the doctor recommended exercises, both mental and physical. I tell myself the physical exercises are too stimulating to do … Continue reading

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How Then Shall We Live?

The Bible tells the stories of Jesus’ miracle healings. We all love miracles. My cancer treatment was a miracle of sorts. It is now a year after the end of chemo. Not all cancer patients survive this long. The woman … Continue reading

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Shock & Awe

My medical team hit an aggressive cancer with all they had. Now I am cancer free. The treatment came with a lot of collateral damage. Reconstruction is necessary. Unlike the shock and awe of surgery (days) and chemotherapy (weeks), reconstruction … Continue reading

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The Colour Out of Space

I read H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Colour Out of Space” many years ago. It gave me nightmares for two weeks. I acknowledged that he is a master of horror stories and read no more. A year ago I as … Continue reading

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Job 1

When recovering from cancer and cancer treatment (surgery and chemotherapy in my case), my experience and those I know is that recovering is Job 1.  There is no Job 2, just distractions, non-essential entertainment, and essential chores.

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Counting Reps

Counting breaths is a classic meditation technique. I meditate at least once a day, preferably twice. If nothing else, it helps with the nausea and acid reflux during chemotherapy. However, there is so much that needs to be done during … Continue reading

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Hiccups

Hiccups have been one of the minor but annoying side effects of my chemo treatment. I\’ve tried the usual remedies and found a few new ones of my own. For me, the ones that work require or get my undivided … Continue reading

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Show Me the Numbers

Even conventional medicine advocates improving your diet to fight cancer. There are several parts to this. Cancer treatment is rough on your body so the healthier you are the better you tolerate it. The risk factors for most forms of … Continue reading

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