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Surviving radiation therapy – one self-caring act at a time

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hoping for better sign“You look so vibrant and healthy. May I ask – are you here for radiation therapy?”
I plop myself and my giant bag, a bottle of water and a banana on one of the pastel couches and I look up at the voice that has been addressing me. Slightly sweaty from a walk on the beach, on an unseasonably warm winter day, I am wearing my running outfit, and maybe the woman thought I came from the gym (I figured out quickly it’s a lot easier to hop on and off the radiation bed in sweats than a pencil skirt). Read More Surviving radiation therapy – one self-caring act at a time

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Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

Posted in Relationships, and Women's issues

10437609_10153038959378907_433491740597971405_nFear is padding around on little cat feet in the lives of too many people I love.

The first email I opened on Tuesday morning was from camparigirl. We’d had a conversation a few nights before about managing the disquiet we felt about a future that suddenly seemed so unpredictable and malevolent.

“Let’s embrace the possibility of possibility”, we’d agreed.  “Look outward with optimism. Can only help. We’re all going to die at some point anyway – may as well live until then.” Read More Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

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A sick day well spent being sick.

Posted in Life & Love, and Relationships

IMG_4127Do any of you have a drawer like this? It’s in my kitchen, it’s the second drawer down, I use it every day: it always looks like this.

Things get stuck inside other things, things get put in the wrong way round, upside down, unconfined, out of order. Things lie against the grain. Sideways on. I can never find what I want for looking. And it drives me bananas.
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(5) Things we love …#76

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650x366_01190315_garyA fairly wide ranging set of things for this week, or so I thought; until I realised they share a direction, intent, message. Saved into my ‘bookmarks file’ over a period of 10 days. And then discussed with camparigirl on Tuesday night – only to find she is in the same place mentally as I am. Is it the planets aligning, is it that her cancer has focused us both, is it a function of our age? I can’t be sure, but here, for your perusal is what has bubbled up from my subconscious. Read More (5) Things we love …#76

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The Benjamin Wayne Smith – garlic as a cocktail.

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

Photo by Hannah Waddingon
Photo by Hannah Waddington

Garlic is an interesting vegetable. Its flavour and pungent after-effect divides people into those who do ‘do’ garlic and those who don’t ‘do’ garlic. I used to be one of the latter – loved the taste, but the smell would suffuse my body for days after I ate it. I could feel it fizzing in my blood. I was once sent home from my Saturday morning job at a clothing store because of the aroma I was emitting. “Love garlic too”, said Vaughn, “but let’s face it darling, garlic and fashion just don’t go.” Read More The Benjamin Wayne Smith – garlic as a cocktail.

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Playing the cancer odds

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Abbey St. FoyOn Thursday morning, halfway through my volunteering shift, on a whim, I crossed the street outside the hospital and walked into my oncologist’s office, to pick a copy of my onco type dx test. I folded it into four, stuck it into my pocket and retraced my steps to the hospital. Sitting on a bench in the glass and steel lobby, I unfolded the paper, smoothed it and stared at it for a long time.

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(5) Things we love…#75

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dogs' lifeThis week, without straying far from home, I have been riding a roller-coaster. Caught in the maelstrom of sleepless nights, misinformation and trying to keep worry at bay, I have done a lot of web surfing to keep myself sane. And maybe laugh a little. Here are some tidbits I came across that you might find equally delightful.

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Why cooking at home matters

Posted in Food & Entertaining

fork and knife

Affective memory assails you when you least expect it and is felt more profoundly than conventional memory. These memories are essential for the cooks, the food critic and the writer. They enrich your day-to-day life and your relationships with your family and friends. When I smell or see certain recipes, I also see my family – wife, daughter, brothers, mother or friends; there is no separating food from the visual. When I eat a small spring salad, I see my father’s garden or my gardens in upstate New York or Connecticut.”
Jacques Pepin

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(5) Things we (love to eat in NYC)…#67

Posted in Food, and Things We Love

Bright lights, Big City
Bright lights, Big City – the central hall at the new Whitney Museum

This week we are going to tell you about some fabulous food we had during our most excellent vacation in NYC.  We are not going to bother with the restaurants that let us down (yes Shake Shack, we’re referring to you) – because that would be the wrong way to remember our adventure. Instead we are going to tell you about some restaurants or food stalls that will have us remembering them with love, smacked lips and happy discovery.

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