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This blog probably will be among the longest ones you have seen from me.  I often warn my women friends whenever I write a long email, to tell them what I think about the week, from political news to social issues to all the “interesting” events happening to me that week.  I advise them to…

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Senator John McCain’s “maverick” politics placed him among the most intriguing contemporary legislators. His policies and feud with the current president continue to inspire support and criticism from the partisan masses. But Senator McCain’s last year of life also inspired conversations about how we cope with illness, both individually and collectively. In July of 2017,…

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The first book review I wrote for this website focused on The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. I absolutely loved that book. Critics agreed, since it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. It is hard to top such a sweeping drama in terms of the breadth and depth of cancer research. Therefore, this book…

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For years, heart disease has been the number one cause of death.  Very soon, cancer might take that position, as the incidence of cancer worldwide is estimated to skyrocket from 14 million cases in 2012 to 22 million within two decades.  The cancer deaths are predicted to increase from 8.3 to 13 million during that…

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I was diagnosed with CLL, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia more than 7 ½ years ago. Despite one relapse three years later, I’ve lived a normal life. I’ve continued to teach communications skills domestically and abroad. I have traveled extensively overseas to a dozen countries and joyously witnessed our older son’s marriage in November. Nonetheless, when a…

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