Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
If you want to visit an exotic land and be swept up in a world of love, faith, family, power and medicine, let me make a recommendation: Pick up a copy of Abraham Varghese's first novel, Cutting for Stone.
The 14th Dalai Lama offers many valuable lessons to Healthy Survivors. For example, according to a recent NYTimes article, when the Dalai Lama came into exile his first words were, "Now we are free." And his first instinct was to look for that which he could now do better.
Over and over, I read and hear stories about various celebrities who "lost their battle" with cancer. Most times I let it go when I hear this phrase. Okay, yeah, I drop it only after ranting for a few moments aloud or in my head.
A few days ago, my husband and I were strolling along the quiet streets of Stirling Ontario. In one of the shops, I found a commemorative plate and bought it, despite my husband 's initial response that doing so would be ridiculous.
In my last post, I described the technique I used to write Only 10 Seconds to Care. As a teaching tool, I used the literary equivalent of an optical illusion. To illustrate this effect, let's talk about the phrase, "I understand."
Healthy Survivors often bump up against people who say things about their illness that are undeniably wrong. Sometimes respectful attempts to correct the errors lead to arguments or an email inbox filled with missives chock full of misconceptions and junk science. What's a Healthy Survivor to do?
“‘The cancer freed me. It freed me,’ wrote Paul Tsongas about his lymphoma in a May 1992 New York Times editorial.Political pundits questioned this, two months after the senator’s withdrawal from the presidential race. I took him at his word....Wow. Beyond terror. The notion was music to my ears.” (from Star Power)