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A Cancer Memoir that (Mostly) Gets It Right

I have rarely read a book that inspired so many different reactions, in such quick succession, as Heather King’s new memoir Stripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ. On one page, I would be nodding in recognition with gratitude for such skilled descriptions of what it feels like to confront our bodily frailties, [Read More...]

My Cancer Playlist: On Wallowing, F-Bombs, and How We Suffer

This is a slightly edited version of a post originally published in July 2011 on my former blog. I thought it worth a revisit given that Mumford and Sons’s popularity has exploded since I wrote this post (such a cultural bellwether I am), and tha...

When in Doubt, Send Food

I used to think it was a little silly, the way so many of us (particularly women, it seems) respond to major events in other people’s lives, whether happy or sad, by sending food. As if a pound cake will …

Fertility Treatment Might Cause Ovarian Cancer (But Your Doctor is Unlikely to Tell You That)

A large, comprehensive study in the Netherlands indicates that ovarian stimulation (artificially inducing a woman’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs) increases the risk of ovarian cancer two-fold. Previous studies examining a possible link between fe...

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