The Chemo Kitchen Cookbook is a collection of recipes written by award-winning chefs, created specifically for people going through taste change during cancer treatment. It’s coming to you from Seattle via Kickstarter.
“Celebrated our dear colleague & friend, Chinita Anderson @nprnews tonight. She died in May of complications related to colorectal cancer. She was 46. She was a globetrotting, loud, eye-blinding light. These were some of her words to live by. She wrote them like this, in all caps.”
What do you think is the most commonly asked question of a person who has, or has had, cancer? If you guessed, “How are you?” you got it right.
What to say to someone you care for who has cancer or another debilitating disease:
“Feel free to cry with me, to talk, or not to talk. I’ll take my lead from you.”
“Cancer was a piece of cake,” Virginia Harrod says. “It was the lymphedema that almost killed me.”
NPR reports that nine months after Harrod’s mastectomy, her cat scratched her hand. She wasn’t concerned at first, but her doctor “recognized her symptoms as a serious and advancing infection.”
Harrod was in the hospital for eight days, and that’s when she first learned she had lymphedema. Over the next 10 months, she was readmitted twice more with dangerous infections.
Lymphedema (secondary/acquired) is a common complication of breast cancer treatment, but it gets short shrift from doctors when patients are assessing treatment risks. My experience confirms this research finding.
If you’re a tech geek, you probably read the webcomic xkcd.
If you’re not, you may not have heard of it. The cartoonist, Randall Munroe, made his doodles public in 2005. His tagline for the xkcd: “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
However, many of his cartoons might be better thought of as infographics. This is one of them.