Category Archives: Friends & Family

Even My Dog Got Cancer

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A few days after I first felt the nickel-size lump on his rib cage, the mass changed from soft and squishy to hard and firmly anchored. The vet decided to surgically biopsy the entire lump for analysis, because the initial needle aspiration drew some blood in addition to fat cells. Some dogs develop harmless lipomas […]

Five Years Ago Today, I Got Fitted (for a Radiation Mask) & Became Jade Gangster

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Five years ago today, in the thick of scary drastic cancer treatments, I wrote this documentation of what it was like to get fitted for a radiation mask. At the time, I was only writing for my private care circle of generous-AF-good-hearted helpers. For some reason, this particular post generated some very moving responses from […]

Outliving A Loved One–In Loving Memory of My Uncle

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“No offense, but I hope I outlive you,” I laughed, after explaining that I was given an 80% chance of 2-3 years before the cancer returned. “You should do,” Uncle Ian replied. But now that Uncle Ian has actually left the world, I wish I didn’t outlive him. I was just playing. He’s leaving behind […]

Survivorship in Communities of Color–You Are Not Alone! #AintIaSurvivor

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Black, brown, yellow, mixed-race, shame, stigma, religion, family or none, bone marrow challenges due to race, why we (people of color) don’t participate in existing programs, and how we won’t go down like death by a million papercuts! Oh, we went there and back and we’re ready to do it again! Yesterday, at #CancerCON in […]

Stop Saying “Ethnic” To Mean Nonwhite

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My shout to #NationalMinorityCancerAwareness week and #NationalMinorityHealth month – a little knowledge that I think will help us be better cancer advocates, care providers, researchers, friends, family members, and anyone else in our culturally diverse world. In the process of overhearing a friend set up a tablet, I asked, “Why is the [digital assistant’s] name […]