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DofC

I began writing my blog just before my mother died of glioblastoma, a terminal form of brain cancer. Roughly 6 months passed between the time that I made the decision to write the blog and actually start it. It isn't easy for me to talk to people about how I feel, which is why I write it. It... Full Bio
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What they don’t tell you happens when your mom dies by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Again, I’m writing a post at 3:30 am, but this time I’m not crying. Since this blog exists so I can purge what’s on my mind, I’ve decided to write in hopes that it will al ... Read on »
Alone, in the dark, late at night, on the couch, crying (Or sniff, but don’t scratch) by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer And no, I’m not trying to be Polish here (it comes naturally). It is 2:20 am and I am, once again, unable to sleep. If my sleep deprivation can be divided into two cat ... Read on »
1 year, 11 hours by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This is the conversation I had with my sister, exactly 1 year and 11 hours ago, probably verbatim: Sister: Mom’s dead Me: OK Sister: We’ll call in the mornin ... Read on »
Very very very very important clarification post about the last one by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It seems that I, unintentionally, was not clear enough in my post and ended up hurting cousins who were not related at all to the story. This was in my attempt not to name ... Read on »
An open letter to all the fake people and abandoners by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today was my mother’s memorial. According to the Jewish calendar, last year, today, we buried my mother. “Luckily” for us, Jews get to mourn twice. Tec ... Read on »
How I wake up without my mom every day by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I started “Daughter of Cancer,” the only purpose it held, as far as I was concerned, was an outlet for what I was feeling and couldn’t share with my friends and famil ... Read on »
Maybe I should have regrets – but I don’t. I have learning experiences. by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I don’t believe in regrets. At worst, regretting something you did – or didn’t do – can eat you up on the inside. Not to mention that it’s an excuse to remain stagnant. At ... Read on »
The Kubler-Ross stage of grief: Denial – rewritten by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Many of you have probably heard about the Kubler-Ross stages of grief . These are several stages that individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness go throug ... Read on »
Everything this Daughter of Cancer is thankful for – and there’s a lot by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This blog is usually about the negative aspects of my life as they relate to my mother’s death. However, it is important for me to point out that I have so much to be than ... Read on »
Another breed of cancer survivors by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Wikipedia defines a cancer survivor as “… an individual with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living.” I am pretty sure that the definition should be ... Read on »
By popular demand – things that help or I don’t mind hearing by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Over the last couple of days, I have written about things that people say to me that only make me feel worse. Many of you – both people who know me offline and those who ... Read on »
Over the last couple of days, I ... by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Over the last couple of days, I have written about things that people say to me that only make me feel worse. Many of you – both people who know me offline and those who d ... Read on »
The ultimate no-no (as far as I’m concerned) by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I wrote a top 10 (that became 11) list of things I hate hearing. There is actually one more, but it deserves it’s own post. The absolute worst thing anyone ... Read on »
Yesterday I wrote a top 10 (that ... by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I wrote a top 10 (that became 11) list of things I hate hearing. There is actually one more, but it deserves it’s own post. The absolute worst thing anyone ca ... Read on »
Things I hate hearing that don’t make me feel better by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In no particular order, the following is a top 10 list of things I HATE hearing. They don’t make me feel better, they only piss me off. Most of my friends already have t ... Read on »
In no particular order, the foll ... by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In no particular order, the following is a top 10 list of things I HATE hearing. They don’t make me feel better, they only piss me off. Most of my friends already have thi ... Read on »
Stupid local laws by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mom stopped breathing about 3 weeks ago. Apparently the law is that, while you can ask for an DNR for a family member (do no rescucitate – no life-saving measures ... Read on »
My mom stopped breathing about 3 ... by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mom stopped breathing about 3 weeks ago. Apparently the law is that, while you can ask for an DNR for a family member (do no rescucitate – no life-saving measures su ... Read on »
The background before I begin by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mom couldn’t feel the side of her face for a couple minutes and went to the ER  in April 2007 on the evening before her 55th birthday. Several days later, she was dia ... Read on »
My mom couldn’t feel the s ... by DofC Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mom couldn’t feel the side of her face for a couple minutes and went to the ER  in April 2007 on the evening before her 55th birthday. Several days later, she was diagn ... Read on »