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The secret to making it

By Lisa Machado Last month, I wrote a post for the Canadian CML Network’s blog, called, “Surviving the After.” It was in response to a recent story that appeared in Newsweek about the impact that cancer has on intimacy and relationships, especially when treatment has altered a person’
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Gut decision

In his book, Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear, Dan Gardner discusses the science behind worry. He says that we process information and judge risk in two ways. One is with the conscious mind, which understands statistics and is able to reason. The second is the unconscious mind.
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The other side of the story

By Lisa Machado Before I was diagnosed with CML, I had never heard the words, ‘living’ and ‘cancer’ in the same sentence. Like most people, I equated cancer mostly with death. It seemed like such a contradiction to me. Understanding how I was going to ‘live’ with cancer was one of
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The Living Years

By Lisa Machado It has been eight years since I found out that I had chronic myelogenous leukemia. My life changed forever that day. In the weeks and months that followed, I spent a whole lot of time wondering about the future: How long would I live? How would taking
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September 22nd is World CML Day

It’s World CML Day. A day to recognize chronic myelogenous leukemia, a blood cancer that affects almost a million people worldwide. The Canadian CML Network has spent the last few days counting down to September 22 by posting stories from people whose lives have been changed by CML. W
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When magic happens

By Lisa Machado A therapist once told me that one of the biggest challenges faced by people diagnosed with cancer is the feeling of isolation.
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Still so far to go

By Lisa Machado People often ask me if I ever get tired of talking about cancer. Does being so involved in this world ever get me down? A young woman with CML even went so far as to say, “Isn’t it enough to have cancer? Why on earth would anyone
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A lesson in listening

There’s a parenting technique called “mirroring.” Basically, the idea is that you put aside your own thoughts and perceptions for a moment to really listen to the child’s point of view, no matter what that might be.
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Celebrating World CML Day

We all have someone who has made a difference in our CML journey. This September, Labour Day weekend marked seven years since I was diagnosed with CML. The people who rallied around me gave me strength and helped to keep me moving forward. For them, I will be forever grateful.
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Making it real

At our annual Living Well with CML conference in Toronto, we were discussing the impact that CML has on our lives. Nancy Pringle from Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital talked about chronic fatigue. And there was lots of great information about why we feel like we do sometimes.
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