Life with Cancer, Entry#18: Asian Eyes

Christmas shopping was unique for me last month. I found that I could no longer walk long distances without feeling tired and nauseous, so my doc prescribed me some handicap parking placards, and for the first time ever, I did my Christmas shopping in a wheelchair. It wasn’t bad! Christmas shopping normally involves being packed like sardines…

Life with Cancer, Entry#13: A Girl and Her Dog

Nhi has always wanted a family dog, but we never got her one because of her severe animal allergies. She would break out in hives and blisters within minutes of contact with a dog or cat, and we’d always thought that she would be doomed to a life of owning pet fish. Following my surgery last year,…

Life with Cancer, Entry#12: Sacrifice

All parents make sacrifices for the sake of their children, but mine I think, have made more than most… My grandfather was a medic during the Vietnam War fighting for the Democratic South against the Communist North.  After the South lost the war, he was branded as a traitor, sent to prison, and his children…

Life with Cancer, Entry#10: Dead Man Talking

My brilliant nephew Carter, who always makes me laugh. At my sister’s New Year’s Eve party the other week, I had a nausea attack and had to go sit in the restroom. I was on the floor leaning against the wall with my eyes closed when I heard the sound of footsteps and Carter’s voice,…