A Survivor and Caregiver: A Force for Good

My friend Sharon’s husband just had his feeding tube removed after chemo and radiation for oral cancer. She still had 8 cases of liquid food which she wanted to donate, preferably to another survivor who needed the financial assistance. She contacted me. As founder and chair of the Oral Cancer Awareness Walk of the Lehigh Valley, I know local people …

Words of Encouragement to a Cousin Diagnosed with Cancer

My mother’s first cousin was diagnosed with brain cancer a few weeks ago.  After hearing of her diagnosis, I immediately wrote her some words of encouragement. Hello my dear Cousin, Mom told me the news about your late stage diagnosis. Having been in the same boat you are now, and beating the odds, here are a few things I learned: …

Lehigh Valley Dentists ‘Paying it Forward’

I met Karyn at the Oral Cancer Awareness Walk in October 2009. She was 27, a survivor of oral cancer, and lookin’ fit. Karyn attended the walk with her toddler and sister who pushed the stroller around the course. Her sister had read about the walk, and encouraged Karyn to participate.  A fun and important activity to do together before …

Recognizing Blessings

It’s a skill! It’s human nature to lament our losses, and a true skill to recognize our gifts. Even while going through adversity, there is a balance of gifts, they are just hard to notice while in the throws of difficult times. Like what? Friends coming out of the woodwork, family reaching out and showing love and support, learning, growing, …