Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cancer survivors -- help with my master's research!

If you are a cancer survivor between the ages of 18 and 50, could you please take five minutes to fill out an anonymous online survey for my master’s thesis? I'm a cancer survivor myself and an Occupational Therapy student at California State University, Dominguez Hills. I’m trying to improve the quality of life for those who are experiencing long-term side effects of cancer treatment. My research team has already completed phase I of the study where we interviewed young adult survivors about their experiences with post-treatment life. For phase II we have developed a survey, based on those interviews, that will attempt to see how widespread these experiences are and eventually develop a plan to help survivors improve their quality of life and successfully engage in meaningful activities. The requirements for participating in the study are a diagnosis of cancer between the ages of 18 and 50, chemotherapy and/or radiation as part of your treatment, and completion of your chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment within the last five years. If you or someone you know fits these requirements, please send an email to with your age and the details of your treatment (surgery, chemo, etc…) and we will send you a link to the online survey. Please repost this on your Facebook page or email to any survivors you know. The more participants we can get, the more we will be able to make a case for this important type of treatment!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Looking for Young Adult Cancer Survivors for my Master's Thesis

Hi All!

I'm well into my third semester at grad school in Occupational Therapy. (Woo Hoo!) For my master's research project, I'm looking to interview Young Adult Survivors, 18-35 years old, in the LA or OC area.The study is looking to find strategies for coping with the side effects from chemo and/or radiation treatment. Anyone want to be interviewed? I've attached the flier for the project which has more detailed info.

Let me know if anyone is interested or if you know anyone that may be interested!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

NED lives!

Just got the results from my CT scan on Monday. Still NED! No cancer! I think we've proved who's boss here, Mr. Cancer. If that even is your real name...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thanks for the shout out, Iva Skoch!

Look at that, my blog was mentioned in Newsweek! How exciting. And I just happened to find it by clicking through the article. What a nice sur-prize!

A Malignant Melanoma Walks Into a Bar...

Thanks, Iva! Maybe one day I'll be in NYC and you can step on *my* toes in the subway. Then we can laugh and laugh and laugh. Soooo funny!

Friday, October 24, 2008

And here's how it ends

Well folks, I think it's official. I am going to close down this blog. But I will leave you with two pieces of the legacy of cancer. The first is a membership card for an organization that you must be 55 or over to join.

Really? You just put me on a senior citizen mailing list because I got cancer?

The second is an invitation to pre-pay for my own cremation in order to help my family in these dark times.

Apparently to direct-mail companies a cancer diagnosis is still the same thing as a death sentence. Somebody should let them know that's sooooo 1950's.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the only thing I know for sure at this point about cancer is that it puts you on the world's weirdest mailing list.

I hope this blog has served it's purpose. I started it as both a way to express all my convoluted cancer ramblings as well as a way to reach people in the same boat and hopefully let them know they have a shipmate.

Aye, Aye, mateys!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hello, my name STILL is...


Got the results of the latest CT scan and there is No Evidence of Disease.


Take that you stupid-ass cancer! (Or should that be stupid, ass cancer?)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'll get it in my cereal

I know I've been absent from my own blog. But the truth is, I'm really sick of all things cancer. I'd be happy if I never had to hear that frickin' word again. I know I have to get my CT cans, my colonoscopies, and all that, but I really just want to leave it all behind. While I fully support all those folks who, post-cancer, go to work for cancer organizations or become chemo nurses or support fellow cancer-citizens in some way, I'm not that person. I'm so sick of being a "patient" that I've made a vow not to have any diseases that require a daily pill. I'd even stopped taking my daily multivitamin for while - I'll get all the crap I need in my ultrafibersuperomegamiltivitiminous breakfast cereal.

So where does that leave this bog? I dunno. Maybe I'll start a new one. Maybe I'll record my deepest thoughts in some other way. Skywriting? Tantric archetypes? Cave paintings?