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Category Archives: A to Z Challenge 2017


Z Factor

This is my final A to Z Challenge post, and it is perhaps, my most difficult. What can I write about that starts with Z? I decided to take an actual term, Z Factor, and slap a new meaning on it, all while sharing what has given us peace of mind throughout my husband’s cancer journey. So here it is…The Read more…


your child as they cope with death

It’s not something people want to talk about. But, for many families, the cancer journey ends in death. What you see in your child as they cope with death will depend largely on their age and how they perceive death.Infants, up to 2 years oldInfants will have no understanding of death, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by it. Read more…


x-ray

X-RayAn X-ray is the most commonly used imaging scan for most people since it is simple, safe, and low cost. Doctors use x-ray to diagnose injury and lung issues, from bronchitis to lung cancer.An x-ray uses radiation in small quantities. The radiation (or x-ray) passes through the body, capturing an image. The rays are blocked by dense tissue, bone, and Read more…


waiting room

One thing all cancer patients do is wait. From the waiting room, on, waiting becomes a huge part of life when you’re living with cancer,Waiting roomMy husband and I had monthly visits to the cancer center for 5 years prior to his diagnosis with stage IV lung cancer. I received infusions for rheumatoid arthritis there. The day we went to Read more…


Visiting someone Who's Ill

This post about visiting someone who’s ill is from chapter 3 of my book, Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone who Has Cancer,Here’s what Jesus had to say about it:“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty Read more…


Undifferentiated

Undifferentiated, A Definition (1)A term used to describe cells or tissues that do not have specialized (“mature”) structures or functions. Undifferentiated cancer cells often grow and spread quickly.This is a somewhat scientific post. Keep reading because it’s very interesting.Tumor grade is different than cancer stage.After the doctor biopsies, suspicious tissue, he or she sends it to a pathologist. The pathologist Read more…


Targeted Treatments

Not that long ago, cancer treatments were synonymous with losing your hair and suffering from nausea and vomiting. Now with the advancements in cancer research, it’s not uncommon for patients to go complete a treatment regimen without either of these issues.  One of these advancements is targeted therapy, also called targeted treatments. Targeted treatments “target” specific genes or proteins found Read more…


Doctors stage a patient’s cancer at the time of diagnosis. Doctors determine the extent of your cancer, such as how large the tumor is, and if it has spread, using x-rays, lab tests, and other tests or procedures .  This is called the “stage” of your cancer. By staging the cancer, your doctor can determine among other things, how aggressive Read more…


Recurrence

The Roller Coaster of RecurrenceCancer can feel like a roller coaster from the moment you suspect there’s a problem. And, it’s not a fun roller coaster. Instead, it’s a beast that keeps going up and down, causing your stomach to lurch with each plunge. Children have far less information than adults do, and depend on them for everything, including cues Read more…


quality of life

People often talk about quality of life when it comes to health concerns. Decisions about treatment must take quality of life into account. Patients often decide to discontinue cancer treatment based on concerns about quality of life. What is quality of life? Is there a set standard for it? In today’s A to Z post, I propose that each person Read more…

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