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With changing situations, adapting goals

With tennis friends at Hot Chocolate RunI've decided that since 60 is the new 40, the 5K is my new 10K. At least for now.It was great to be in a crowd of runners again — 6,500 of them — at Sunday's Hot Chocolate Run in Northampton. It was gr...

The really really weird dream show

Sometimes my dreams are more interesting than my life.Last night I dreamt that while I was still at the newspaper, a friend who is president of a large corporation offered me a job. I would get paid more and work in a much nicer place. For some reaso...

The trouble with (some) words

Newton haircutWhile taking a little break from blogging (laying low) I did some of these things in a discombobulated way, not in order of occurrence: went to spinning straight from Boston in my street clothes, went to yoga in my tennis clothes, took...

Thin skinned, literally and figuratively

I suspect I overreacted to something that a new participant said at our Wednesday clinic with George at the Holyoke Canoe Club.When we were doing a drill where you slice the ball back and forth so that it stays inside the service box, she kept giving...

Coming in for a landing

Blowing in the wind, WellfleetDissonance: One day running around New York and seeing two shows, another on the beach with my hair blowing in the wind, and then back in the chair with a needle in my arm.This all happened in a short period of time. The...

On National Cancer Survivor's day, thinking of lives saved, friends lost

I didn't know it was National Cancer Survivor's Day until Barbara Shaw Sadowsky – a marathon survivor at 39 years – posted it on Facebook.It's funny because I had just gone up to Spofford, N.H., yesterday to take a walk in the woods with a cousin...

Riding in cars, tracking down doctors

When we left off, I was frustrated and annoyed. I had finally secured a dermatology appointment but the car service that was going to take me canceled and I was unsure whether I could even get to Boston. Well the driver who came was one of the more i...

Altering schedule creates domino effect

I think I forgot to say that they stretched out my internal sunburn even further, to every three weeks. They are pleased with the progress that I have made in the year that I have been doing this so that is why I get to go less frequently. (I have be...

Bad day at the Big Y in South Hadley

Yesterday I brought my oxycodone prescription to the Big Y in South Hadley so I could take it with me to Boston for pre-medicating before my ECP. I do not want to haggle with anyone about the degree of my pain when they don't believe I know what I ne...

Deep delve into dark place from a Marathon day

Cancer memories are tied to events, and Marathon Monday is one of them for me. Here's something I wrote on my Newsmaxhealth.com "Surviving Cancer" blog four days after the bombing three years ago tomorrow. I recalled a great day when I jumped in...

Another night, another relapse nightmare

The thin psyche of a cancer survivor: You hear about someone who had the same disease as you who has relapsed and is now terminal. You go to bed and have a nightmare that it has happened to you.Someone I knew through our cancer connection had AML and...

All of this really happened

When talking to Dana-Farber's assistant VP for Gift Planning Alice Zaff at the recent Chefs for Jimmy, I told her I would send her the link to what Dr. Alyea and Melissa wrote about me in the fall 2014 e-newsletter, Advances in Hematologic Malignanci...

Countdown to my seventh birthday

Five days to my seventh birthday.The other night I dreamt I was climbing up a steep set of stairs. I was wearing a pair of old flip-flops that were falling apart. The left one especially was in bad shape, and it kept catching on the stair. Also I was...

After appointments on two days, a mixed report

The good news is that I have something to be upset about that is not as serious or sad as what has been going on recently, and that I have more crazy car service stories to tell, and that I think I have finally been able to get rid of Westport Transp...

When complaining gets you nowhere

I might finally have to say goodbye to MART, the transportation authority that gives free rides to patients. In exchange for some good stories (another to come) and saving on gas, mileage and parking and fatigue in driving, I am not sure if it's...

That blood thing that I have been getting

When one of my friends approached me at our fun gathering last night and said she had a complaint about my blog, I thought I had done something wrong along the lines of libeling someone, maybe one of those crazy drivers.But it turns out she had...

Calling Dana-Farber

A sign that I've been around for a while: I knew many of the hematologists and medical oncologists among the 60 Dana-Farber physicians in Boston Magazine's 2015 "Top Doctors" issue.Seeing Richard M. Stone on the list took me back to a wild...

From not answering the phone to oversharing on the phone

What's worse than a crazy driver?No driver at all!What's worse than no driver?Waiting for more than an hour, to no avail, for someone at MART to pick up so I could find out what happened and try to book a ride for today, while Hannah Kitzmiller, the...

Just another crazy day on the road

"David: Axel.""George: Axel."This is my Turkish driver dictating texts into one of his phones while barreling down the Pike at 77 miles per hour. He maneuvers two phones at once and monitors his computer, where he keeps track of his 16-car fleet, inc...

There's a first time for everything

For the first time in a some 12 years of going to Dana-Farber, I totally messed up on my appointments, going to Boston today thinking I was seeing two doctors when actually I was seeing none.I think it started when I wanted to wear a certain pair of...


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