Update #10: Shi(f)t Happens

I was struck by a quote that my friend Samantha posted on Facebook a few weeks ago: “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” I’ve been building up to shifting my…

Cancer Has Made Me a Bigger (But Still Shallow) Person

There’s a book titled “Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person.” I haven’t read it, but the title made me laugh. Sometimes having cancer makes me have very deep thoughts about the purpose of life and what comes after, yada yada…

Guest Blog: "Dear Lung Cancer Patient Who Didn't Smoke"

Last December, my family took a trip to Hawaii. On a whim, I messaged a woman I barely knew, Karen “K” Latzka, a fellow lung cancer advocate who’d recently friended me on Facebook and regularly posted stunning pictures from her…

Hope (in the form of paying my annual Bar Association dues)

I haven’t practiced law in over a decade. I stopped long before I was diagnosed with lung cancer. In fact, even when I was practicing, I didn’t like it. For me, law was a misstep. I never should have gone…

Profiles in Lung Cancer -- Day 22, Sandy Arlin Jauregui-Baza      [Perfiles en El Cáncer de Pulmón -- Día 22, Sandy Arlin Jauregui-Baza]

PROFILES IN LUNG CANCER – DAY 22 Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015 Sandy Arlin Jauregui-Baza, Survivor and Advocate “Life doesn’t have to end after diagnosis. It can be a wake-up call to start making YOU your biggest priority in life.”…

Profiles in Lung Cancer -- Day 15, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

PROFILES IN LUNG CANCER – DAY 15 Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015 Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Lung cancer advocate and former caregiver “Lung cancer happened to Paul, but it’s something we did together.” Twitter handle:@rocketgirlmd Who are you? — I am…

Living Scan to Scan (and trying not to)

There’s another LC survivor whose catch phrase is “make the play now, cry later.” It was a lesson she learned in softball that she applied to LC. I think most of us who have been handed a diagnosis like this,…

Profiles in Lung Cancer -- Day 3: Bonnie Addario, "Lung Cancer patients are on my mind and in my heart every day"

Hi Readers! In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a group of lung cancer bloggers will be interviewing people in the lung cancer community and profiling a patient, caregiver, advocate or health care provider each day in November. I am…

Gift Ideas for Someone With Cancer

I’ve toyed with writing a blog post on the topic of gifts for a cancer patient for a long time, but haven’t because it’s a little tricky. It would be impossible to list everything I’ve received and yet, I’m terrified…

ROS1 People Unite -- Power to the Patients!

In my last blog post I mentioned how difficult I find it to live with the uncertainty, knowing that there’s no obvious post-Xalkori treatment available for me, yet. Predictably, I received several messages from others in the lung cancer community…