Presence is everything, and by presence, I mean being fully present, fully engaged. What do I say to a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with cancer? What are the right words? What do they want to talk about? What if I say something stupid or insensitive? What do I say to an … Continue reading Presence
Fact: primary care providers [PCP] are essential in the life of the cancer survivor, so get one! Fact: medical education does not speak to the potential late effects of cancer treatment and appropriate screenings across time. Fact: we, survivors, have a tendency to feel safe [and] secure under the umbrella of our oncologists; however, our … Continue reading Primary Care Provider: Get One!
Cluster: WHAT?! Clustering is THE way I 'do' survivorship, cancer and transplant. You see, during the immediate post-transplant period, I was interfacing with the healthcare system almost daily by phone and weekly in person. As time marched forward and I gained confidence in my knowledge of heart transplant and got to know my heart and … Continue reading Cluster: What?!
Living the Cure is ALL about seeking and cultivating WELLNESS in every area of your life while being ever mindful of your cancer treatment history and the risks you carry for treatment-related late effects.