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My Belated Breast Cancer Anger

By on July 19th, 2010 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My acupuncturist told me today that I am tense. “What have you got to be tense about?” she teased. I immediately blamed the two articles I have due in the next week, plus the book I am writing.

But that did not ring true. I have spent my life fighting deadlines. Why would they start bothering me now?

Then, she said, “I think beneath this …

What Does It Mean to Be a Caregiver?

By on July 18th, 2010 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

The other day, I came across a poll that said many cancer caregivers don’t think of themselves as caregivers. I sure didn’t when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The word caregiver sounds clinical and detached. It makes me think of a white-clad attendant, offering tea and pills to a bedbound patient. That surely wasn’t me. And my wife was far from helpless. In …

My Most Memorable BCO Moment: Witnessing Thousands of Journeys

By on July 17th, 2010 Categories: Inside Breastcancer.org

How can I begin to summarize over 10,000 hours in 10 years of running the Breastcancer.org Discussion Boards and online chat rooms? To reflect on the thousands of stories, the purest displays of emotions, the millions of posts of tears, fears, anger, despair, laughter, support, friendship and encouragement?

Breastcancer.org’s discussion boards were conceived as a haven and community for women battling breast cancer.  I’ve been …

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