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  • Dreams Fulfilled and Hesitancy Overcome

    Posted 1/16/2015 by hhill
      This is a purely personal entry although I will make an attempt (albeit rather feeble) to link some of it to cancer. I am writing to say that there will be a silence on this blog until February 10th or 11th. As you know, I don't write on week-ends, and my husband and I are leaving for Vietnam on Monday. Even if I wanted (and I sort of do want) to continue intermittently with this writing during our trip, I won't have the available technology to do so. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Needs Persist after Cancer

    Posted 1/15/2015 by hhill
      If your days of active cancer therapy are behind you, yet you still feel cancer heavy on your shoulder, you are not alone. Many people experience prolonged physical, emotional, practical, and financial needs or problems that are directly related to their cancer experience. In fact, many people can't deal with most of these issues during active treatment, and lots of things are shelved until "later". The problem with that approach is that all those things are growing on the shelves and now come laden with both the principle and the accumulated interest. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Living with Advanced Cancer

    Posted 1/14/2015 by hhill
      For several years, I have written a regular column for the magazine, Cancer Today. This is available both in print and as a digital publication and always has a number of interesting and helpful articles. Today I want to share my most recent column with you. It tackles the difficult topic of living well (and, yes, that is possible!) with advanced cancer. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Top Ten Things about Having Cancer

    Posted 1/13/2015 by hhill
      For twenty years, I organized a marvelous annual event called Celebration of Life. We started off with a program here at the hospital, attended by about 100 people. Within five or six years, we had outgrown our space here and moved the event to the Harvard Medical School where we used their graduation tent (and that always dictated our schedule) and classrooms for workshops. It was a very difficult decision last year to stop this tradition, but the finances had become impossible. We were determined to offer the day long program, including breakfast and lunch, at no cost to participants, and the expenses had grown to almost $150,000. We no longer could raise the money, but the 1000 or so people who came each year and I felt very sad about this necessary choice. Read more... Comments (1)
  • Be Careful of the Language

    Posted 1/12/2015 by hhill
      In spite of, or maybe because of, having grown up in a military family, I have always loathed the war/battle language around cancer. Where did it begin anyway? From Wikipedia: The War on Cancer refers to the effort to find a cure for cancer by increased research to improve the understanding of cancer biology and the development of more effective cancer treatments, such as targeted drug therapies. The aim of such efforts is to eradicate cancer as a major cause of death. The signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 by then U.S. President Richard Nixon is generally viewed as the beginning of the war on cancer, though it was not described as a "war" in the legislation itself. Read more... Comments (0)
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