Goodbye, King

When news came late Friday night that Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played King T’Challa in the Black Panther and Avenger movies, had died at age 43, the news hit me harder than I thought it would. Boseman had been battling, unbeknownst to most, colon cancer for four years. This time had included the time…

DEAR TAMOXIFEN, THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Today was the big appointment with my oncologist during which I planned to tell her, vehemently, that I had broken up with tamoxifen, and that I had already noticed a significant improvement in my quality of life. I had my argument planned in my head, had all my answers, research and sass ready. To say I was resolute would…

SIDE EFFECT UNIVERSITY

August 21, 2011 – Started taking Tamoxifen on a five-year schedule. August 22, 2011 – Wished I could stop taking Tamoxifen. April 2014 – Told that I would be taking Tamoxifen on a ten-year schedule due to the findings of a new study. August 22, 2015 – Weighing the side effects (that most doctors tell me it’s…

NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day! In April, I had another mammogram, another “clear” mammogram, which declared me cancer free for the fourth year in a row.  I do not, and will never, take negative results from a mammogram for granted. I find it difficult to balance my gratefulness to still be a living, breathing member…

THE BEST DEATH?

This week, I came across this article reporting on a blog post in which a doctor stated that cancer is the best way to die and society should stop wasting money trying to cure it. Of course, as a cancer survivor, I was livid. I couldn’t even come up with a way to describe how his…