Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Yes, this was the latest of numerous trips to the hospital, this was the first trip in which I had this solitary thought: "I had cancer. I do not have it now."
My reason for visiting the hospital was to receive an infusion of immunoglobulin, a periodic treatment that helps to boost my immune system and increase my chances for long-term remission.
But while waiting for this appointment in the hospital corridor outside of the infusion center, in proximity I noticed two couples in silence and expectation.
Seated to my far left was a slightly woman resting her head on her husband's shoulder while trying to doze amid the sounds and clatter of passersby. And closest to me was a young Hispanic woman in a wheel chair to which was att
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement
The title of this article is a paraphrase of something Tennessee Williams wrote: "We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life." By solitary confinement he was referring to the cage or prison called loneliness. Loneliness and aloneness are not the same. Aloneness is a state of being, while loneliness is a state of mind. We all know people who live alone and are perfectly happy. Yet, the opposite is also true. There are people who, despite their families and friends, have a gnawing feeling of loneliness that eats away at them. They feel disconnected from the world and usually suffer in silence.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Due tomorrow at City of Hope is my appointment for five of six in the series of immunoglobulin infusions that, so far, have been helpful in boosting my immune system and my overall return to health.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
We have just endured one of the longest winters for many years. Then the sun came out. Hatless, sleeveless, heedless, the human reaction to the warming sun was to turn our face towards it. Sunlight soothes, delights... and, increasingly, kills.
The incidence and death rates of malignant melanoma - the deadliest skin cancer - are inexorably rising.
'You can call it, for want of a better word, an epidemic,' says Richard Marais, professor of molecular oncology at The Institute of Cancer Research in London."
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