#23 Sandbox

#23 Sandbox

Alas, I emerge from the worst of the transplant times back to some semblance of myself. I will need to process many things like the role of suffering and the purpose of pain, but for today, I’d like to focus on getting along well in the sandbox. I think about all the...

#22 Whipping Up

#22 Whipping Up

A lesser-known offering at MGH is their Integrative Therapies Program. On my first day back, I let the staff know I’d like access to it all: Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Massage, Acupressure, Art Therapy, Music Therapy. Why not? I have already reframed my central line...

#21 Rainbow Blessings

#21 Rainbow Blessings

 The list of things a rainbow might signify runs long and reads like feel-good-about-it all dime store psychobabble: acceptance, new beginnings, harmony, happiness, hope, inspiration, integration, love, luck, joy, transformation. Let’s not even get started with equity...

Breathe Deep, Reconsider Your Singulair Rx

Breathe Deep, Reconsider Your Singulair Rx

Potential Mental Health Side Effects of Common Asthma and Allergy Medication Recent information, underscoring the potential mental health risks of the common asthma medication, Singulair is essential information to share. About 8% of Americans are diagnosed with...

#20 Hawks

#20 Hawks

Many of us who live in the country have our lives punctuated by sightings of wild things. We like to think we’re civilized, eating with a spoon, paying our bills, opening the door for a friend, but then a row of bats is dangling from near the front door gutter, or a...

#19 Fair Weather Friend

#19 Fair Weather Friend

Dear Friends and Family, Wow, it’s been a month since I posted any information about my current state of affairs! That is because I feel most excellent, enjoying time with family and friends, celebrating milestones, completing some home and yard projects, and gleaning...

#18 Ode to the Nurses

#18 Ode to the Nurses

The best way to find yourself  is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi While I have amazing doctors and researchers at MGH and Dana Farber who have weighed in on my case and helped carve out a plan I trust will see me back to pristine health, it’s...

#17 Continuum

#17 Continuum

I don’t want to be cavalier. I don’t want to take one tiny bit for granted. And I don’t want to jinx anything. That said, I feel damn good. Bounced back from two months of chemo and now am taking in my immunotherapy 24/7, but have no sense of it, except for the...

#16 Fanny Pack

#16 Fanny Pack

Having leukemia at this time of the war is compelling with such enormous loss and tragedy in the last week, while at the same time managing my own personal health challenge. I imagine in one way or another, we are each juggling hardships, large and small while also...

#15 Decision Time

#15 Decision Time

Sometimes when I am at the store, I feel I have too many choices. As a generally decisive person, I am a bit thrown off by fourteen varieties of apples or a wall full of colored pens. Of course, mostly I am grateful for the abundance that surrounds me. This relates to...