Oncscathed: The Cancer Journey

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Oncscathed: Dreamlike Appearance

Fourteen months ago, a biopsy came back positive for NHL cancer. Three months ago the CT scan showed No Evidence of Disease. Between those two mile markers lies the collective set of experiences that are recalled as ” the cancer journey” or sometimes “descent into the cancer world”. Assessing what I wanted to happen after … Continue reading

Oncscathed: Two Worlds of Cancer Treatment

The cancer treatment world is really two separate worlds, based on two divergent belief systems, two different views of how the body works, what causes cancer and therefore how to treat cancer. One world sees cancer as a genetic disorder, an infestation in the otherwise well operating machine of the body. In this world, cancer … Continue reading

Oncscathed: 12 Questions to Ask Your Oncologist

What is the goal of the chemo ? Is this a cure ? What are the chances that the chemotherapy will work for this cancer? What chemosensitivity will you use to determine which chemotherapy agent to use ? What is your opinion on supplements during treatment ? What are my other options if I decline … Continue reading

Oncscathed: Momentitos

Somethings just stand out, like jagged shards of ice thrusting up from under a blanket of fluffy new snow. Moments can be like that, brief noticings caught sharp and brightly held in mind. A few moments from the cancer journey follow, just those that  glint in the bright sunshine of freshly recent experience… _________________________________________ [ … Continue reading

Oncscathed : Journey Parallels Between Cancer and Spirituality

Top 10 ( plus one) journey parallels between cancer and spirituality… The appearance of the issue is surprising, and upends any pre-existing sense of comfort or complacency. Conflicting truth claims challenge what may have previously felt like a cozy epistemological parking spot. Outcomes are unclear, and gathering more information does not necessarily clarify which course … Continue reading

Onscathed: Seeing Clearly

The hardest thing about the descent into the cancer world was a surprise, like almost everything else in the cancer journey. It wasn’t “faith”, or physical pain, or even a lack of resources. (this time, at least) Paradoxically, it was not even hard to put into effect. It was hard to see. After stalking off … Continue reading

Onscathed: Cancer and The Chakras

This cancer journey demanded an “all in” approach. Body-mind-“spirit”- energy system. Nothing left out. The whole enchilada. But I didn’t realize it at first. Yes, cancer can be healed. But not the way I started out… The healing process did not just involve conscious mind, nor just my own actions. This may sound obvious, but … Continue reading

Oncscathed: Cancer Intro

On February 27th, 2019 I received initial diagnosis of Lymphoma. With blood tests ruling out infection, a biopsy under general anesthesia in April 2019 confirmed CLL, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So began my entre to the cancer world, where a treatment mistake can lead to an early demise, and the bewildering diversity of views … Continue reading