A page for parents with cancer
Now five years in remission, I am pretty darn sure I will be here to see my kids grow up.
When both parents get cancer, a teenager steps up to help out, pulling the family closer.
I just wanted my cancer to be as un-bad as possible.
If you don’t do all that crazy-busy stuff — even because you don’t have the energy or the white blood cells to lift yourself off the couch — it makes you feel like a bad mom
I have anywhere from 8 to 12 good hours a day, and in that, I must attend to my health, my family, my job, and hopefully, some of my important relationships.
I did not tell my daughter because she was too young to understand. She just thought I had a funny/bad haircut.
I said yes, not realizing it would mean I’d end up in pink snakeskin pants and 5-inch Nicole Miller heels, rocking out to Nirvana and sipping Champagne in Manhattan photography studio.
When I was too sick to put the kids to bed, my daughter would bring one of her schoolbooks into my bedroom, sit next to my bed and read to me instead. She felt like she was doing something to help – and she was.
“Oncologists naturally focus on treating the cancer and keeping you alive. But they need to remember what they’re keeping you alive for.”
Caregiving Cancer: “I think one of my first thoughts was purely selfish: I did not want or feel capable of being a single parent.”