With Immense Gratitude by Nancy Novack

On April 29, 2004, I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer which had metastasized to my liver. That was 13 years ago. I had no idea what any of that meant, despite living on this planet in northern California for sixty years. I didn’t know anything about the treatment, […]

In Maintenance Mode, Living in the Moment by Susan Gubar

Living with Cancer The New York Times Well February 16, 2017 For most people with cancer, life has conventional stages that I can sum up with acronyms: B.C. (before cancer), A.D. (at diagnosis), S.S.N. (some surgical nightmare), RATS (radiation therapies), ICH (in chemotherapy), followed by IRS (in a remission of […]

Dealing With an Ostomy by Susan Gubar

Living with Cancer The New York Times Well April 27, 2017 Six days after an unremarkable lumpectomy, I had rushed to the local hospital, not so much because of pain but out of concern. I had been eating and drinking as usual, but what was going in was not coming […]

An Expert in Fear by Susan Gubar

Living with Cancer The New York Times Well May 18, 2017   Nothing instills fear like cancer: a sometimes unseen and unfelt but murderous presence inside the body that sets out to destroy the body. At my diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2008, I stressed about when and why and […]

The Cancer Journey

The Fifty Shades of Gray of Cancer Treatment When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, he was clear. In order to avoid surgery, he was “going to go the natural alternative route.” For us, the natural route involved him temporarily moving from Northern to Southern California, 382 miles away, while […]

What You Need to Know if You Have Breast Implants by Denise Grady

The New York Times May 14, 2017 Nearly all the cases of lymphoma have been linked to textured implants like the one shown here.CreditSouthern Illinois University/Science Source Nearly every case of the rare cancer that has been linked to breast implants — anaplastic large-cell lymphoma — involves those with a […]

A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants ‘Gave Me Cancer’ by Denise Grady

The New York Times May 14, 2017   Raylene Hollrah was 33, with a young daughter, when she learned she had breast cancer. She made a difficult decision, one she hoped would save her life: She had her breasts removed, underwent grueling chemotherapy and then had reconstructive surgery. In 2013, […]

Spontaneous Remission by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.

  ONS Institute of Noetic Sciences December 2011   Most of the unexpected remission survivors I have studied are thrilled to have finally found a professional who is interested in learning how they healed. They often lament, “My doctor didn’t even ask how I did it.” We’ve all heard a […]