|Photo Credit: ©S.L. Levy, 2013|
It is as much an exercise in memory, which has become less reliable, as it is in expressions of thought and emotion. My hope is to help others who are facing similar circumstances, helping to alleviate the fear of the unknown, if only for a while and for a bit. The thing with cancer is that you are not cured; you are only given a reprieve from decay and death. The medical community uses the term “no evidence of disease,“ or NED. It is not always a happy story, a happy ending. As an example, I live with the post-treatment side-effects of chemotherapy, a form of treatment that will likely in the future be viewed as barbaric. There is also the emotional trauma, made worse by having to put on brave faces, rarely discussing how you feel (even today), which is often lousy. This is for those people, who are tired of putting on brave faces. (You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phase 1: Treatment
Week 1: My thoughts and reactions on the initial news that I have cancer
Week 2: Pre-chemo information session
Week 3: Installing the access port (“Port-A-Cath”)
Week 4: First chemotherapy treatment
Week 5: Let’s talk about money
Week 6: Change in appetites
Week 7: Spring break and keeping the kids busy
Week 8: The team at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre
Week 9: My two young boys at home.
Week 10: The second CT scan results.
Week 11: Is cancer contagious?: The loss of friends.
Week 12: Invisibility and Kafka‘s Metamorphosis
Week 13: Gilda’s Club, a wonderful support group to the rescue
Week !4: A day at chemotherapy
Week 15: It’s the way I feel: no apologies
Week !6: Accepting the poison
Week !7: Where’s the taste?
Week 18: Government financial aid
Week 19: Guest post by Muriel Sommers; 5-year breast cancer survivor
Week 20: On autonomy
Week 21: Latest cancer research
Week 22: On healthy eating; a change in habits
Week 23: Some alternative and complementary therapies
Week 24; Waiting for Godot
Week 25: The end of anger
Week 26: How do you feel?
Week 27: Body, heal thyself
Phase 2: Recovery & Wellness
Month 1: Take A Pill
Month 2: No Posting
Month 3: Adapting To Unexpected Changes
Month 4: Medical Research Focuses On Better Therapies
Month 5: The Ways Of Contentment
Month 6: Kafka's Rules
Month 7: Diet Factors
Phase 3: A Look Back
Part 1: A Night At The Operating Theatre
Part 2: Nurse, Can I Have Some Ice?
Part 3: Please Leave, Doctor: I'm Feeling Nauseous
Updated May 8th, 2016