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Karin Diamond

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Cancer Is Not All I Have

(28) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:30 PM

I have cancer.

I also have a quarter-sized beauty mark on my right hip. My dad has a matching one that's half-dollar-size and my sister's is the size of a dime. Same exact spot.

I have recurrent, chemo-resistant Hodgkin Lymphoma. It persists despite slews of drug combinations, radiation, two stem-cell...

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A Complicated Relationship

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:11 PM

I'm coming to terms with having refractory cancer -- the kind that keeps on giving no matter what treatments we throw at it. I'm working at incorporating the disease into my life so that it doesn't take over my life. No matter how badly I wish it wasn't hosting inside...

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To Oncology Nurses, From a Seasoned Patient

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 6:16 PM

I don't have a degree in medicine. I have not taken the rigorous classes you have taken. I cannot start an IV, take a pulse, identify a rash, or properly dress a wound. I have my degree in English. That means I can point out grammatical errors on restaurant menus,...

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The Semantics of Cancer

(18) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:22 AM

A stranger stopped me in the grocery store to tell me he knew about my nearly four years living with cancer and of the slew of treatments I've been through. He said he admired me because I "keep going," unlike his brother who "gave up." The comment really irked me....

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Fighting Disease With Words

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 7:55 PM

As a writer and blogger, rather than unraveling at the words my oncologist is speaking, I am able to think about what a juicy story nugget his uncomfortable delivery makes. Once, he was telling me that despite the intensive, debilitating treatment I had just endured, the cancer was back and...

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