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Cancer Goddess

Two Years to Tango

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Cancer Goddess, What Cancer Feels Like | 0 comments

These shoes became emblematic of my will to live. I was gonna say Eff You to cancer and learn to dance tango IF IT KILLED ME. Even though by the time I got the shoes, I barely had the strength to stand more than a couple of minutes, let alone dance on 3.5 inch stiletto heels.

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How Cancer Gave Me My Life

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Cancer Goddess, Cancer Healing, Goddesslicious, Magic | 0 comments

I saw it in the eyes of the ER ultrasound tech as she held the scanning wand over my abdomen. She fought to control the tears in her eyes, but her look of shock and concern was unmistakable even to me, already drugged with morphine. Dying? That's ridiculous, I thought. I'm not dying. Never mind that if things continued as they had -- me curled in a fetal position from the pain and constant nausea, refusing to eat -- I would have died within weeks.

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Cancer Update: For The Win!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Cancer Goddess, Cancer Healing, Goddesslicious | 3 comments

If you’re following along at home, I have good news. Had a new round of scans not long ago. These things have become routine. We know the deal: where to park, what hospital entrance to go in, how to navigate the warren of labyrinthian hallways between the place you go for CT scans and the place you go for MRIs. We know where there is cell service and which receptionists are the nicest. They say once you get really familiar with something, it’s time to move on. Or maybe it’s me...

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No More Pollyanna

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Cancer Goddess, Cancer Healing, Goddesslicious, What Cancer Feels Like | 4 comments

Oh god oh god oh god I’ve been lying. About my condition. To you and to myself. Sure, yes, my physical condition is better than it was. Certainly from a year ago — even from six months ago — there’s been an improvement. Big improvement. From hardly standing to yay-the-yoga. All the things I said in my last post are true. Except…I put a way more positive spin on things than was real. For many reasons, and I’ll spill them all here I promise. I need to talk about...

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The One About My Body; or, My Body Rocks Nine Ways

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Cancer Goddess, Cancer Healing, Goddesslicious, What Cancer Feels Like | 2 comments

Hello you beauties! It’s time for a little tête-à-tête. Here, have some Valentine’s Day chocolate while I sip my tea and tell you about all the exciting things my body is doing. You may recall last fall I had scans and they were good news. Good news in my brain and good news in my bod. But here’s some stuff you don’t know, an update to the last time I wrote about this stuff: 1. I’m gaining weight. Kahuna calls me a horker. He’s kidding, of course, but...

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CANCER UPDATE: Brain MRI & Power in Numbers

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Cancer Goddess, Cancer Healing | 4 comments

All right, Magic. I believe in you. No, really. I’m a believer. I also believe in taking a stand. Being one’s best authority. Not giving up. Overcoming challenges against huge odds. I believe in love. In the amazing hearts of people. In our infinite capacity to heal. In limitless possibility. Today’s date:  11-12-13.  At 9:10 am, on 11-12-13, I lay inside an MRI tube while machines whirred and clunked and took images of my magnificent brain. I spoke to Parvati, to Lakshmi,...

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