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Chemo Survival Kit

Chemo Survival Kit

I recently found out that my friend’s husband had stage four kidney cancer that would require aggressive chemotherapy. I asked around to cancer survivors about what I could do to help out with the misery of chemo. The most common suggestion was to help with household chores—grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning—but I live too far away and can’t afford to pay for a service on my freelancer budget. But I can send inexpensive gifts! Here are some suggestions. Mary Ladd recommended:…

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Ed Is Dead

Ed Is Dead

My internet friend Ed Shimmy died yesterday. Back in March, a friend shared a comic by Ed Shimmy about having pancreatic cancer. I had a 75% chance of having thyroid cancer and was waiting to hear results from the biopsy. Having what was likely stage 1 thyroid cancer was absolutely nothing like having late stage pancreatic cancer. If Ed could be brave, so could I. I was one of the lucky 25%. I did not have cancer. In gratitude, I…

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A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles

A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles

My aunt has breast cancer and is in the final stage of her life. On the way down to see her in New Mexico, I read Lindy West’s Shrill. The memoir focuses on West’s path to becoming a famous humor writer, reflecting on her most famous and controversial essays. Her beloved father’s death from cancer in an intrinsic part of her life, affecting even her reconciliation with her boyfriend and eventual husband. I left the book with my cousin for…

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