Saving Lives with a SNAP

How can a dental professional possibly remember exactly what a lesion looked like two weeks prior?  Is it a little bigger, a litter redder? Snapping a photo is so easy, and a great record-keeper.  I wish my dentists and oral surgeons had taken photos of my lesion! I remember what my ulcer looked like; When I see photos in dental …

Inspiring Vo-Tech with No-Tech…simply by story

Vo-Techs have a reputation for being rife with students who are academically challenged, and don’t plan on going to college….but, it’s just the opposite! At Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, where I lectured yesterday, future engineers, architects, cosmetologists, dental hygienists, mechanics, electricians, media specialists…. were moved, inspired, and captivated by my personal story surviving oral cancer. I remarked, “I am …

Inspiration and Creativity from Fellow Survivors

A fellow oral cancer survivor who I’ve been in regular contact with came up with some amazing rap lyrics after hearing my oral cancer survivor rap.  She is currently having treatment for a recurrence of her cancer one year after her initial treatment – I’m sending her courage and hope! Here it goes: I’m a friend of Eva’s, she speaks better …

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Oral Cancer Survivor Rap

On my recent drive to Boston for a fundraising event, I was listening to one of my favorite old school rappers, LL Cool J. With a long stretch of highway in front of me, my creative juices kicked in and I thought of the line ‘My name is Eva Grayzel, I have a story to tell’……and the rhymes kept on …

The Blessing of Survivorship

Eva, I read your survivor story in “Headway” the UPMC Cancer treatment publication. In many ways, your story is identical to mine…waking up crying from pain, the frustration of being bounced back and forth from dentist to primary care provider, and finally to a surgeon who had an immediate dx of cancer, Stage 4. The tumor started as a lesion …