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Category: Scenes from my life

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War in Pieces

During what has come to be known as the First Gulf War in 1991, Iraq bombarded Israel with Scuds (tactical ballistic missiles) that were believed to be armed with poison gas. The Israeli population was equipped with emergency kits that included a gas mask and filter and an atropine syringe....

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Water

My neighbor Rafic from across the kitchen courtyard knocked on my back door, his arms filled with liter-and-a-half bottles of mineral water. “Rivka called. The water is contaminated, probably from sewage. She says not to use boiled water either; only bottled water for cleaning fruit and vegetables, tooth brushing, and...

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Insomnia won’t kill me, but it’s not making me stronger either

Let’s talk about insomnia. For the past several weeks, I’ve been coping (with varying degrees of success) with insomnia. This is not uncommon in cancer patients and seems to be linked to cancer-related fatigue, as well. I hate taking any kind of drug that fuddles my mind, so I avoid...

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Like a funeral selfie? An Open Letter to Emma G. Keller and the editors of The Guardian

In reference to Ms Keller’s astonishing piece “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?” published online on 8 January 2014. First, my full disclosure: Like Lisa Bonchek Adams, I have Stage IV (advanced, metastatic) breast cancer, although I am perhaps not as close to the...

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Pinktober Guest Post: By me!

Pink-to-ber n A portmanteau coinage used by many people who live with breast cancer to refer to October, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is heavily dominated by marketing in the color pink and cute tags like “Save the tatas”. (See Komen, etc.) During the month of October 2013, I am running guest...

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