Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Model for a Day Part III – SHOW TIME!

                                IN LOVING MEMORY OF: RACHEL YINGLING                                     MICHAEL GARLINGTON          Rachel and Michael, we miss you so much and …

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Revenge for the Animals

Have you ever wondered why Michael Vick got away with a light prison sentence and even got a new multi-million dollar football contract after admitting to torturing and killing hundreds of dogs? Have you ever cried watching a baby elephant poke around his dead mother who was murdered for her tusks? Have you ever been …

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The Mirage of Normalcy

I checked my email and clicked on the attachment – a questionnaire that included my medical history from the past five years. My eyes skimmed the page and halted at the box that had “Any kind of cancer” written next to it. I felt a mix of emotions wash over me, with anger and sadness …

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Model for a Day: Part II

Six months ago, I participated in a fashion show fundraiser video campaign and wrote about my experiences here. Well, the time arrived and the video is out! We are looking for donations and contributions so we can make this project happen. All models and the producer are cancer survivors or currently in treatment. Any amount of …

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The Story of a Monster U.T.I. and How Nobody Cared

I lay in bed and felt it. I snapped my eyes open. It can’t be! I just peed not even 15 minutes ago! Reluctantly, I threw the blanket aside and felt my way to the bathroom, careful not to step on my dog. Five minutes later, I was under the covers again, this time wide …

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The Great Cancer Escape a.k.a.Two Weeks of Being my Old Self

For over two years now, my world revolved around cancer. Eye cancer, breast cancer, re-occurrence, treatments and the fall-out of those. When one counselor asked me what I did for fun, at first I couldn’t think of anything and then I found myself stuttering something about cooking and taking walks with my dog. Even I …

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The 4-Hour Dentist Visit

It was 8:45 AM. I reclined in the dental hygienist chair thinking that I would definitely make my 10AM work conference call. Something in the back of my mind chastised me though because it had been a year and a half since I visited the dentist last.I made excuses with my breast cancer diagnosis, the …

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Reiki – The Natural Oxy

I am a skeptic. I am an atheist. I don’t believe in spiritual things or cosmic conscience. So when I rode the subway to my first reiki appointment, I kept berating myself for wasting my time and money. But all else failed. Acupuncture, breathing exercises, self help books, psychologists, counselors, calming teas, meditation, visualization, exercise. …

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PTSD Is Not Just For Soldiers

I stepped on the outside staircase landing, leash in the right hand, my dog pushing past my legs, tail wagging. But instead of going down the four flights of stairs, I stood rooted to the cement floor. My heart was pounding against my chest and I felt like my torso was being squeezed by an …

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Could You Please Push the Elevator Button for Me?

I was on the red line metro, two stops away from the Union Station, when I noticed a guy in an electric wheel chair in the middle of the car, facing the door. There was a large thick straw like tube that forked at the end close to his face. He operated his wheel chair …

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