What Dr. Oz Learned From His Cancer Scare


Dr. Mehmet Oz recently had a piece in Time titled “What I Learned from My Cancer Scare” in which he became the more humbled Mr. Mehmet Oz.  As noted previously here, Dr. Oz last summer had a colonoscopy at age 50 and much to everyone’s surprise had a precancerous colon polyp.  He was advised to […]

Red Wine: Drink Up to Take Cancer Down?


Does a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away? Some studies suggest that yes, red wine may help prevent cancer. Yet, other research has shown that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances for developing cancer. These mixed messages may leave you in a wine daze. Luckily, we’re here to bring […]

Diet And Its Role In Cancer


Cancer is largely attributable to the cumulative impact of toxins on our systems. External factors such as polluted air, water and food chemicals, along with pesticides on our food, play a major role. Heavy metals like mercury that is in many immunizations and flu shots plus immunological weakness come into play as well as PSYCHOLOGICAL […]

Cancer: In Your Face – Too Much Power For One Word


It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with Leukemia. So far so good, as far as my physical health is concerned. But, cancer has changed me. The big “C” diagnosis has impacted my family and close friends, more than they let on. I see it in their eyes; I hear it in their voices […]

With A Spotlight On Jobs, Time To Talk About Cancer


Within each of us is a hidden store of courage, courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost. My incredibly brave sister-in-law, Bonnie, has been battling carcinoid, a rare neuro-endocrine cancer for […]

Cancer: In-Your-Face “Time To Let Go”


Labor Day, September 5, 2011 – Today certainly feels like anything but summer; it’s a chilly 55 degrees, windy, with a few drizzles of rain under a classic Michigan grey sky.   Although I’m a bit sad to feel summer slip away I love the cooler temperatures – great for sleeping; yummy soft grandpa size […]

CANCER: In Your Face – Arrival, The First 30 Minutes


Huge Breath. Deepest inhale. Longest exhale ever. It was 6:45 a.m. and the cab barely came to a stop at the main entrance of MD Anderson Cancer Center. I had one foot out the door, full speed ahead, my heart pounding with no idea what the day had in store for me…us. In retrospect had […]

CANCER: In Your Face – My Hair


Previously, I had mentioned my nervous discomfort sitting among 15 other people with cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center (mostly terminal) while waiting for my CT scan. But I left out a few important details that have been continually invading my thoughts–a cue that I need to put these thoughts and feelings on paper in […]

CANCER: In Your Face – Walking Papers!


March 1, 2011 So much has happened since my first CANCER in your face entry on Feb. 11th. Let me begin by saying yesterday was most likely the most surreal day of my life. No one should ever have to live this sad and scary slice of life; on the other hand, perhaps for some […]

CANCER: In Your Face – My Birthday Gift!

Birthday gift

Feb. 11, 2011 Yesterday, Feb. 10 2010, exactly one week before my 52nd birthday, I was told by Dr. M. Cotant, a surprisingly kind, caring and very young doctor that I have a definitive CLL diagnosis – CANCER. Chronic Lymphocyte Leukemia. Blood tests tell it all these days….We’ll see. Eyeing the word “cancer’’ on my […]