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  • Thanksgiving

    Posted 11/26/2014 by hhill
      Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This has long been my favorite holiday, and I know that many others share that sentiment. Delicious food! No decorating needed! No shopping for gifts! And did I mention the stuffing? For perhaps the 4th or 5th time in at least 35 years, I am not cooking this year. Instead, we are flying (assuming that we can get out of Boston before the storm gets too bad) to MN to spend a few days with my older daughter and her family. My younger daughter and her family flew out yesterday, so we will be together--just in a different place than usual. Last summer, my older daughter said: "I don't suppose everyone would ever come to my house for Thanksgiving." Over the past days, I have been hoping that she has not been regretting that comment. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Talking Turkey

    Posted 11/25/2014 by hhill
      Every year at this time, the Social Work Department at BID staffs tables outside the cafeteria for a few days. The project is called Talking Turkey, and we are there with various important forms that most people prefer to avoid. Thinking and talking with your family about end of life (EOL) decisions is so very important and should never, please, be left until the circumstances require difficult choices. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Dental Health and Cancer

    Posted 11/24/2014 by hhill
      Today's title, Dental Health and Cancer, has to contain two of the more unpopular words in the English language. Sadly, however, the two are frequently related, and it is important to know the basics as you go through cancer treatment. I have been thinking, before starting to type, about how to make this a little more interesting, you know, how to add something to grab your interest. Telling you that it is good for you to know about dental health is not likely going to do it. Read more... Comments (0)
  • A Classic Article

    Posted 11/21/2014 by hhill
      This is another example of the universe's wonderful synchrony. During our recent retreat (see postings of 11/17 and 11/18 if you missed this), one woman brought copies of this article for us all. I had read it years ago and basically forgotten about it. Today, Barbara, who was not part of the retreat, sent this electronic version, making it simple to share with you all. Read more... Comments (1)
  • Chemobrain

    Posted 11/20/2014 by hhill
      Chemobrain, the experience of dimished mental sharpness and some loss of acuity, happens very often to patients receiving chemotherapy. It may also persist for some time after treatment ends. It has always seemed hard to impossible to tease out the real causes: medications, stress, fatigue, distraction, loss of estrogen, etc. Whatever the cause(s), it can be a real problem for some people. Read more... Comments (0)
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