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Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert

Chicago, Illinois
Diagnosed at 27 with cancer, I felt like a babe in the woods compared to patients around me who were the age of my grandparents. After treatment I took to the road to meet 25 perfect strangers living with cancer in their 20s and 30s. Our on-on-one, recorded conversations transformed the way I... Full Bio
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Parenting With Cancer: How to Empower Your Kids? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Sarah J. for everythingchangesbook.com I remember when I was twelve my grandpa was dying of lung cancer and I couldn’t even speak as I sat in his hospital room ... Read on »
Back To School With Cancer? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Jackie B-F “What’s that scar on your neck?” I wasn’t even 20-minutes into the first day of orientation for my Master’s program and my scar had already been no ... Read on »
Are You an Athlete Living with Cancer? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Kristen Schindler Cancer has a way of destroying the parts of you that you define yourself by. I felt cancer destroyed my ability to push my body to do great t ... Read on »
Do Cancer Support Groups Work For You? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Kairol Rosenthal During my stint with cancer, I’ve attended both thyroid cancer and young adult cancer groups.  They ranged from excellent to abysmal.  Here ar ... Read on »
‘The Cancer Club’: Do Thyroid Cancer Patients Belong? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Jackie B-F Thyroid cancer is referred to as the “good cancer” to have.  Treatment generally involves surgery followed by radioactive iodine, and cure rates for ... Read on »
Feeling Pressure of ‘Life’s Too Short’? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Sarah J. I keep finding myself thinking: If my doctor gives me a few months to live, would I want to live them the way I have been? The answer of course is n ... Read on »
Getting Your Medical Records for Free or Low Cost? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By Jackie Blachman-Forshay and Kairol Rosenthal As a patient, you have the right to access your own medical records for a “reasonable” fee, according to federal H ... Read on »
Want to Write About Your Cancer Experience? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer One of the great things about being an author is all the emails I get from other aspiring writings who want to learn more about how to get published. They want to kn ... Read on »
How To Adjust to Thyroid Medication? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I get tons of emails from thyroid cancer (and other thyroid patients) wondering how to best handle starting new thyroid medication or changing doses of thyroid medica ... Read on »
Happy Birthday to You by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Everything Changes is throwing a 1-year-old birthday party for the Affordable Care Act. Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what’s in the bill – you’re not alone. ... Read on »
Ever Have a Stress-Free Cancer Dream? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I had a marathon dream last night that involved about ten different settings, four different eras of my life, my ballet teacher, her diseased father’s used gun and am ... Read on »
Having Children After Cancer by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The thought of carrying a child for nine months and having them pass through my crotch is about as appealing to me as having a recurrence of my cancer.  I’ve flat out ... Read on »
Getting Rid of Cancer Memories? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I cannot get rid of my cancer. But lately I’ve wanted to get rid of things that remind me of my cancer. Prior to my diagnosis, I felt like everyday objects could ... Read on »
Cancer, Wal-Mart, and Health Care Reform? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer What’s Government Run Care vs Government Regulated Health Insurance? Are We Now Canada? In my last post, a survivor named Amy commented on her concerns with gove ... Read on »
Guide to Understanding Health Insurance Changes for Cancer Patients and Young Adults by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It’s super important that we understand the new health care changes that went into effect on September 23, 2010. Why? Because they’re now your legal rights. If an insur ... Read on »
Crafting, Cancer, and Chronic Illness? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I’m a dreamer, not a crafter. I’ve got material for four baby blankets floating around my apartment. But, these newborns may be in middle school before they get t ... Read on »
16 Candles, My Cancer and The Khmer Rouge? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If I had another blog that was not about cancer, I would probably write this post there.  But I don’t.  I’ve got this blog and am happy to have you as my readers.  I’ ... Read on »
Thyrogen Shortage: Get the Facts by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Thyrogen is a damn expensive shot (not always covered by insurance) that simulates the experience of being hypothyroid and allows thyroid cancer patients to undergo f ... Read on »
Social Media & Cancer: Fluffy Stuff or Super Smart? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Sadly, a family health issue is preventing me from attending and speaking on the Social Media Panel the OMG Summit this weekend. Urgh! So please allow me to wax abou ... Read on »
Power of Positive Language? by Kairol Rosenthal Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In response to my post Power of Realistic vs Power of Positive Thinking , H Lee D (aka Heather) left the comment that she’s always spoken about her cancer in the past ... Read on »