My client B has told me for a long time that she’s wanted to publish something she’s written. Sometimes she talks about writing a children’s book, other times about sharing parts of her cancer experience. At times she’s picked up her notebook and begun to write, but she’s always given up after a short time. … Read More »
Is it OK to hope?
I’m just back from the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference in sunny San Diego, where I had the privilege of sitting on a discussion panel with some of the most distinguished of my colleagues (that’s me in the middle). We fielded questions about how to talk with cancer patients about hard and tender topics,… Read More »
Going back isn’t an option
If you followed the 2018 elections, you likely recognize the name Stacey Abrams. Ms. Abrams ran for governor of Georgia, the first African-American woman to ever do so. She lost by a hair to an opponent who, while running, also oversaw the state’s board of elections. It’s unknown whether this conflict of interest affected the… Read More »
“Cancer is just a small part of me”
R was stuck in a job that didn’t challenge her, with toxic office dynamics that left her depressed. Her mother’s roof was leaking, and neither she nor her Mom had the resources to get it fixed. Then she was diagnosed with a recurrence. Part of her felt like her future had been stolen. But another… Read More »
Is your light on?
On my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s I ran into Y, one of the leaders of Breast Friends, a wonderful cancer support organization headquartered here in Portland. Y and I became friendly last winter when I presented to her Warrior Women support group. It seems something I said at that presentation really resonated with the… Read More »
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