How to Be A Super Hero On a Budget

In the comics, and in the movies, most superheroes are loaded.  Batman is positively swimming in buckets of cash.  Iron Man oozes dollar bills out of his pores.  Arrow is loaded.  Even the superheroes who aren't bazillionares, like Flash, and Superman, aren't hurting for cash.  You just generally don't see your garden-variety superhero on the corner, cardboard sign in hand.  ...more

Dignity and Grace

Cancer is not a dignified disease.  You would think that something so insidious, so terrible would allow a person a modicum of dignity, or at least an approximation of  it.  It's the least that cancer can do, you might think, to allow a person to suffer the pain, the misery, and the possible impending death with the sort of grace that they show in the movies. You would be wrong. ...more

If McDonald's Really Wants More Business...

When I was a kid, McDonald's was the thing.  If my parents had a little extra cash, we would stop at McDonald's, and my brother and I were in kid heaven.  It was a big deal to get to go to McDonald's.  I don't even know if there were any other fast food places open at the time, because McDonald's was IT for a kid.  Sure, Ronald McDonald looked a bit creepy, and I'm still not sure what was up with that purple dude, but every kid I knew went to that place.  And I remember that the food was actually good.  Tasty.  The cheeseburger that my parents usu...more

Six Reasons I'm Not a Back to School Fan

Many moms do a happy dance when their kids go back to school.  They get their alone time back, after all--what's not to love about that?  I work in a school district, however. I've been at work since the beginning of August, so I don't get the alone time.  And my son just started school this past week.  ...more

Good Things About Cancer

Everyone hears the word 'cancer', and they immediately think it is the most horrible thing to ever happen to a person in the history of happenings.  It certainly is, no doubt about that. It's pain and suffering on a cellular level, and don't let anybody tell you any different.  I have never felt so horrible, weak, exhausted, or miserable, as I have over the past year. (Yes!  It'll be a year in September!) ...more

It's All About The Attitude

When you have cancer and are prescribed chemotherapy, the first thing you do is panic.  Your oncologist hands you a bunch of paper listing all the side effects of the poisons they plan to put into your body, and you panic.  You panic about losing your hair, you panic about the nausea, you panic about the mention of sudden death, you panic about the impossibly stupid costs, etc.  You panic about just about everything.  ...more

The Phantom Boob

When I was in school, I read all about Phantom Limbs for a psychology class or two.  People who have had limbs or appendages amputated still feel as those those body parts are still attached to them somehow.  There's a neurological basis to the experience....more

Must Haves For A More Pleasant Hospital Stay

Hospitals are extremely useful places; let's state that right out of the gate. I have the utmost respect and love for these facilities and the people who work in them.  If you are sick or in need of surgery,  hospitals are the ideal place to be, because taking care of the sick and the injured is all they do....more

Five Things To Know When You're Diagnosed With Cancer

I have cancer.  It just showed up one day without permission, and set up shop in my left breast.  Then it hit the road via my lymph nodes, which is what cancer tends to do.  Having cancer has been a huge learning experience for me, although I would have been happy to never know about any of it.  I've read books and talked to people, in my efforts to be prepared.  There are some things that I wish I would have known about cancer before I got it, but we all tend to ignore such things when they don't directly involve us.  Until it happens to us....more

Very Aware of Breast Cancer, Not Keen on Pink

Because I have breast cancer, I've become a poster girl for the early detection of breast cancer, as a matter of fact. Take that stuff seriously, ladies!  I found my own lump by self-examination, which I've been doing for years.  Even then, I was skeptical, and waited before I saw my doctor.  I had a clean mammogram in May, I thought.  I'm Stage 2 right now, in October, five months later....more