By Sara Sadik
Any mama’s heart skips a beat with a bad scrape, unexpected fall or an extra careful doctor who orders another X-ray. All of a sudden words like, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ironically abbreviated ALL, filled the air. With no planned preparation or pointless small talk, Reem plunges head first into the middle of it all and says, “Zoanne had leukemia.” I know that I’m here to get her story and try to capture a part of it, if even a tinge of it. But it is still shocking to hear. I swallow thickly but she barely blinks. She has had years to digest this and share her story. Her daughter Zoanne was six at the time and is now on the edge of those memorable teenage years.
Continue reading She ‘just got on with it’ to help her child win the battle against cancer
By Enid Parker
It started out like a normal day, except for that nagging lower abdominal pain I had been trying to ignore. However, as I got ready to leave for work, instinct warned me I should have it checked. Little did I imagine at the time that this pain would completely transform my life.
Continue reading How to tell the family you have cancer and battle it yourself
By Nivriti Butalia
There was burnt coffee, chilled water, a massive cheese platter and warm cookies outside the auditorium. Inside, we were a crew of journalists from emerging markets — at the office of a bio technology company in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, spread across blue cushioned seats in what Wikipedia calls “the most innovative square mile on the planet.”
Continue reading Living with angry skin and a constant itch is no cakewalk
Being diagnosed with Non–Hodgkin Lymphoma just weeks after her wedding, yogi Lina Zoghaib had a different sort of honeymoon ahead of her…
“My wedding in Lebanon had been the celebration of dreams; surrounded by friends and family, poems written by my dad, traditional Arabic music, lots of dancing, great home cooked food, and of course, tying the knot with my gorgeous, supportive and fun fiancé — what more could a girl ask for?
Continue reading I was diagnosed with cancer soon after my wedding. This is how yoga helped me
By John D. Rich, Jr
Not long ago, my heart was touched by the memory of my son, Jesse, trying to raise money for the local SPCA. He has always expressed a particular care about the welfare of animals, and even announced his interest in being a vegetarian. Continue reading The buck stops here. Parenting ‘good’ kids starts with us
By Harveena Herr
Was it the yoga class? Did I haul something out of the loft? Did I pick up the dog? Did I…? Nope, nope, none of that. Continue reading A busted shoulder taught me fear is the key to exercise