Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Third Option

We all know people who have kicked cancer's butt.  And we all know (sadly) people who have died.  But there is a little-talked-about third option - those of us who are living WITH cancer.  There are many of us.  We have cancer.  We are keeping an eye on it.  We are taking medicine. We are watching research headlines and publications for news.  We are seeing our doctors. We are updating our family and friends about how we are doing.  We organize our medical records and keep meticulous notes.

And yes, we are living our lives.

Like everyone else, we volunteer.  We work.  We try to eat well and exercise.  We may even try to manage our stress.  We hang out with our friends.  We go on vacation.  We do laundry and wish we could keep our house cleaner than we do.  We read stories to our kids.  We make plans for a year from now.  We send cards for birthdays.  We rake leaves, and always have a To Do list.  We check Facebook more than we care to admit.  We are in line at Starbucks.  We go to meetings.  We go to the grocery store.

You'd be surprised how many of us there are out there.  Today's medicine is allowing more and more of us to figure out how to fit cancer into our lives for the long term.  In the news, you hear about the people who fit into the first two categories, but not about the third.  We're out there.

And yes, we're doing fine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is Coffee Bad or Good for You?

Take a gander at both sides of the argument and feel free to weigh in and leave a comment here on the blog!

Huffington Post Debate On Coffee