Pathology Lab Field Trip: A Visit with One of the “Hidden Heroes” (Part Two of Two)

Recently, I visited Dr. Charles Lombard, the Medical Director of Pathology at El Camino Hospital, where I was able to see slides of my biopsied cancer cells and tour the lab (see my discussion and pics in my blog Field Trip…

Field Trip to the Pathology Lab! (Part One of Two)

I have a strange idea of what constitutes a fun time these days. I get excited to attend conferences about lung cancer. I’ve been known to look forward to quality time with a friend in an infusion lab. Recently, I…

Fuck the "Fuck Cancer" Warrior Rhetoric

[Trigger Warning: Sorry about the language, Dad] I recently shared an article, “Stop Saying John McCain Will Beat Cancer Because He’s a Fighter,” on my blog’s public FB page, and it triggered a lot of discussion. Personally, I agree with…

My Friend, Molly 1974-2017

Molly and I got diagnosed within a few weeks of each other. Both of us about the same age, moms of two young kids, with no history of smoking and otherwise fit and healthy, shocked by a Stage IV lung…

Update #12 -- It’s Quiet Uptown

I went to see Hamilton yesterday. It was kind of a fluke. I felt a bit badly when I scored seats for our family. I wanted to see the show, but not as desperately as I knew many others did…

Call to ACTION: Stop Promoting Lung Cancer Stigma in the Media

Recently, the cover story of the Lung Cancer Special Issue of Cure Magazine set off a firestorm within the lung cancer community. “Quitting Smoking is Possible,” the cover declared in a large red font, and then the magazine flopped open…

Remissssion, Remission! (What does that word mean?)

Remisssssion, Remission! I can’t say that word without channeling Teyve from Fiddler on the Roof. Could be a Jew thing. When I sing “Remission!” like that, it sounds like cause for confident celebration. In truth, the word stirs up a…

Update #11- The Messy Middle (aka Screw the New Normal)

I’ve come to really hate the phrase, “my new normal.” It implies that this is a situation a person can adjust to, as if one can settle in and get comfortable with living with a Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis….

What I've Been Up to for LCAM 2016 & #Giving Tuesday

It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) and I’m just getting here now to remind you about it (oops). Unfortunately, my blogging has been stalled out for a bit, but I’m still here! I hope you will consider contributing to my…

ROS1 Research Project FUNdraiser -- Painting for Pleasure and a Purpose!

I’m so thrilled to announce this fundraiser for the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s ROS1 Research Project. Accomplished artist and art instructor Tehila Eisenstat will be teaching an art class! Attendees will paint a picture, using acrylic paints, on a stretched canvas….