Life, Interrupted: Fighting Cancer, and Myself

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There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in. It’s a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always arrive on time: nausea, vomiting, chills, exhaustion, fever, […]

Getting Rid of Resentment

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Ann Lamott, in her novel Crooked Little Heart, says that holding onto resentment is like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. Resentment is seductive. We assume on some level that it’s going to help us, but it doesn’t. It just causes us pain. This is something that just about all of […]

Be Lauren (Or Whoever You Are)

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Every time I’m around someone very outgoing with a bubbly personality, I always kick myself. Why can’t I be like her? Even when I think I’m being outgoing, I’m still too quiet. Those are the times I have to stop and say: I like who I am. Let’s face it. I can try all I […]

Accepting Your Battles: How Struggles Bring Gifts

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“It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.” ~Pema Chodron I love acceptance. Acts of surrender create forward momentum. If we all pause for a moment and observe what we are fighting, right here and right now–maybe depression, anxiety, weight gain, low self-image, […]