From pain to peace

As my readers know, I have been absent from my blog for a long time. Much has happened. Nothing good. My beautiful mom got sick in May and died suddenly in July. Her death has taken its toll—I miss her more than I can say. My mom was always a great comfort to me, and,

Cancer Unplugged™:The #1 Thing to Avoid…

I recently asked the chief of Integrated Medicine at Sloan Kettering “What’s the one thing a cancer patient should avoid at all costs?” His answer was swift and definitive: “Stress. Stress helps cancer spread.” Keep this in mind when helping someone with cancer: Listen to them. Love them. Offer to do what you can for

Relaxing Rituals: Your Happy File!

For the last few years or so, I’ve made a habit of keeping a Happy File. What is a Happy File? It’s a file where you keep fun and happy memories. For instance, in mine, I have lovely notes from my niece and my mom; fun articles friends have sent me; pictures of places I

Relaxing Rituals: Epsom Salt Baths

In every workday, there are corporate rituals: procedures and routines designed to ensure safety, performance and productivity. We respect them and adhere to them. We also need to develop rituals in our private lives: Habits that help us feel relaxed, refreshed and de-stressed so we, too, can safeguard our health, performance and productivity. We need

Cancer Unplugged™: Know Your Research Dates!

As my husband battles cancer, I have been doing a lot more research than I have ever done before. Many people tell me they refuse to do research because they are afraid of what they may find. I agree—it’s difficult, but it’s necessary to know what you’re up against, and what your options are. If

Cancer Unplugged: The whole enchilada, baby!

If there’s one big thing I’ve realized in dealing with cancer, it’s this: You’ve got to see your body as a whole. I’ve found that, with cancer, we see more specialists than anything else. This doctor specializes in oncology; this one in surgery; that one in radiology. With all these specialists, you can lose site

Cancer Unplugged™: Getting Answers

In my last post, I listed many things you need to know to face cancer with confidence, and here’s the most important way to get those answers: Ask. Sounds simple, right? However, many people don’t ask because of fear: fear of rejection; fear of what they might hear; fear of embarrassment. Any of this sound