A year ago, I was undergoing cancer treatment. This month, I am celebrating my one-year survivorship. It is a big milestone on many levels. I underwent so much pain and so many sorrows. I am grateful for life, even though the hardships are not over. I enjoy the present moment a lot more than I … Continue reading One-Year Survivor: The Good, the Bad, the Hope
Last year, I got diagnosed with breast cancer. My life fell apart. I lost my health, my energy, my job, my enthusiasm, my sleep, my appetite. My brain got sluggish. I was lost. Lethargic. Uninspired. Then I started treatment. It was brutal. I shrank my sense of time to smaller units. I wasn't thinking about … Continue reading Why I Became a Patient Advocate
Dear Heart / You and I have a lot of catch up to do. / Half a life of taking you for granted / Of thinking you will always be there / Beating faithfully, through thick and thin. / You’ve been a loyal friend all my life / And yet I’ve never thanked you. / I had to get a life-threatening illness / To pay attention to you at last / To realize that ...
Many people are unaware of how difficult it is to answer social greetings when one is grieving. They ask "how are you" mechanically, without thinking. I too have done so in the past. My experience of cancer opened my eyes to the stress of social greetings. All the sudden, I became one of many struggling … Continue reading How to Respond to “How Are You?” When You Are Not Okay
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