By Lisa Machado I lost my dad this summer. He had been living with dementia for more than 12 years, and though he struggled every day of those years, none were more painful or difficult than the last week of his life. His brain had forgotten how to swallow.
By Lisa Machado “I wonder who would clear out my underwear drawer if I died of a heart attack?” was a comment that came from a woman sitting in the back row. We had been talking about what has become one of the hottest stories in CML – whether or
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’
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.
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
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
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
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
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.