A Cancer Survivor's Perspective on Radiation Therapy A few months ago, I underwent a month long daily radiation therapy for breast cancer. It was hard for my frail rail thin body. The treatment left me physically, emotionally, and mentally depleted — like nothing I had experienced before. Several months after completion, I still suffer the side effects. … Continue reading Can Human-Centered Processes Improve Outcomes for Cancer Patients?
Taking refuge in the forest Amidst the tall redwoods Majestic protectors Of all things living. Their cracked brown skin Brings to mind my brown ancestors Still alive among these trees Centuries after centuries. Their resilience exemplary Their strength legendary They’ve overcome severe hardships With awe-inspiring dignity. Settling deeper into the peace I hear them call … Continue reading The Refuge (Poem)
When I finished radiation, I sank into grief, and became acutely aware of the fragility of life, and the human heart. It was clear that my body had suffered a great deal. But I also viscerally realized that my heart had been beaten up and terrified by cancer treatment. One night, I felt inspired to … Continue reading Letter to My Forgotten Heart
Many people are unaware of how difficult it is to answer social greetings when one is in crisis. They ask "how are you" mechanically, without thinking. I've done that in the past. Before my experience of cancer painfully opened my eyes to the stress of social greetings. I suddenly became one of many struggling everyday … Continue reading Before I had Cancer, Responding to ‘How Are You’ Didn’t Stress Me Out
The kick came for me in the form of breast cancer. Cancer has a way of showing up in your life, unannounced, and take up all the space in the house. It’s a visitor you can’t ignore. Rowdy. Overburdening. Demanding. Draining. It derails your routine, your plans, your work, your sleep, and your relationships. You … Continue reading When Life Kicks You: Let it Kick You Forward
I felt the oaks’ embrace, The gentle acceptance Of their long branches, Brush over me tenderly And whisper in my ears, You are safe here You belong here. And my body relaxed And my fears surrendered, I felt held in kindness. Was I an oak in a previous life? I feel a kindred connection With their … Continue reading Solace Among Oaks (Poem)