“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank
Given the advent of online bill paying years ago, my home mailbox doesn’t see all that much traffic; it is generally reserved for a few select medical journals, cooking magazines, and the usual junk mail. After my cancer journey began, however, it was flooded with a whole host of interesting items–cards, letters, care packages, appointmentContinue reading “You’ve Got Mail”
This past week marked my 5 year “cancerversary”; April 26th was the date of the operation that made me cancer free. It is also, coincidentally, my actual wedding anniversary and for me personally, it’s been enjoyable to celebrate both on the same day. But the 5 year mark for many women is significant. Most breastContinue reading “Cancerversary”
Last summer, with gyms closed due to the pandemic, I made an extra effort to ride my bike to work, as often as possible. It’s an efficient way to combine the commute with exercise for the day. It is also more enjoyable and psychologically uplifting to be on a bike, outdoors, in nature, feeling theContinue reading “God Shows Up in the Vending Machine”
As I was listening to the radio in my car last week, I heard some commentary that at first seemed very encouraging. In America, the 1920s were a period of economic growth, prosperity and optimism, with the decade being dubbed “The Roaring Twenties” as a result. Much of this was fueled by the end ofContinue reading “The Roaring 2020s”
As a medical student in the mid 1990s, a few of the women in my class followed a popular fad diet called the Cabbage Soup Diet prior to a trip to Cozumel. It’s basically a very low carb diet, with lean protein added here and there, with the claim to fame of losing up toContinue reading “March Miracle? Or Madness?”
Last week, I had the rare opportunity to have my work day end early on a Friday. I finished morning clinic on time; I attended virtual Morbidity and Mortality conference at noon via Zoom; I worked on curriculum from about 1:30 to 3:30, but couldn’t really do more until other faculty turned in their materials. Continue reading “Gym and Tonic”
It is interesting to note what can amuse us, generally speaking, as a society these days. Humor is often found in everyday things that strike us as ironic, idiosyncratic, or absurd; think Jerry Seinfeld and his observations about “nothing.” Recently, technology has become such an integral part of our lives, that it too has becomeContinue reading “Chicken Breast Cancer”
In recent years–and even more so in the last 11 months–I have been hearing a lot of the “S” word lately. And no, not the expletive that would actually very appropriately describe the last 11 months, but rather, references to science. We have all heard the phrases “Follow the science.” “The science is clear.” “TheContinue reading “The Science is Never Settled”
I recently read the book, “Breaking and Mending” by Dr. Joanna Cannon, a memoir of a doctor’s training experience in the UK. In it, she writes, “In our first lecture on day one of medical school, as we were welcomed into our medical career, we were told something else—that there are two kinds of doctors,Continue reading “White Coats and Cardigans”
I’ve been conducting virtual clinic visits for almost a full year now. At first, mostly telephone, then gradually transitioning to video encounters; it was helpful to be able to “lay eyes” on my patient. Actually, I have been pleasantly surprised by how much we can accomplish during a virtual visit. And not just reviewing bloodContinue reading “Continuity of Care: Now More Than Ever”
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