Friday, March 17, 2006

one month out

In addition to it being St. Patrick's Day, today marks one month since I was discharged from the hospital after my autologous stem cell transplant. Four weeks isn't a long time at all, but for some reason it feels like the time has been much longer.

A day or two after the death of Dana Reeve I caught a segment on CNN about Dr. Phillip Berman, who himself is battling lung cancer and his effort to share his story with others via his blog, Red Toe Nail. Last week at Sloan-Kettering, I picked up the current issue of CURE magazine, a free publication that provides scientific information about cancer for patients, and was interested to find an article about Dr. Berman discussing his blog. In the short article, he talks about how blogging has become such a therapeutic exercise for him, which has had amazing rewards. As a result, he encourages cancer patients to blog:

Writing about how you feel and what you are experiencing is a way to release some of the emotion in a positive and productive way. Your blog is your story - the good, the bad and the ugly. But it is an important story for your family, friends and loved ones.

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Berman. Starting this blog was undoubtedly one of the best decisions that I made during this entire experience.

Click the image above to check out CURE magazine. And click here to read the article about Dr. Berman.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow one month home, Congrat!!!!!!!!
I hope for you much continued success and improvement. You sound like you are doing well. I'm glad that you decided to do your blogg which I know may also help someone else.


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