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Stephanie Sliekers
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Stephanie Sliekers is a cancer survivor and blogger. After finishing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March 2011, she set out to do all the things she took for granted before her diagnosis. Her blog, 100 Resolutions, is a record of lessons learned, personal growth, and the search for purpose and meaning after a brief detour.

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Entries by Stephanie Sliekers

5 Cancer Symptoms and Why I Ignored Them

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 9:51 AM

It's been five years since I finished treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. And I still look back on the months before my diagnosis and wonder why the heck I didn't take my symptoms more seriously. Then again, it's worth wondering why nobody -- not my partner, family, friends, colleagues, family doctor,...

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I Don't Want to Be a Cancer Survivor Any More

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 7:56 PM

Nobody at the party I went to last weekend knew I had cancer. Not the deceptively attractive host, who's equally attractive girlfriend was out for the night with her, I'm assuming, equally attractive girlfriends. Not his friend, who was in town visiting from down under. Whose hip tattoos dripped from...

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The Other Side of Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Most of my blog posts begin with a list. A list of all the awful side effects I endured during eight months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I'd start by explaining how I was "bald, bloated, and bummed out" in the darkest depths of treatment, three years ago...

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There's No Crying for Cancer Caregivers

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Crying was strictly forbidden after I was diagnosed with cancer. Almost immediately after I got the news, I made it crystal clear to my family that they were not to shed a tear -- at least not with me in the room. I asked them to seek out their own...

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Your Cancer Metaphors Don't Comfort Me

(60) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 3:11 PM

People react strangely to news of a cancer diagnosis. One of the strangest reactions I experienced by far was that of a former colleague, who surprised me with his anger. His niece, he told me, a 15-year-old girl about to start a new year at high school, had also just...

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Cancer Survival: Not So Black and White

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:41 PM

I am standing in a sea of dedication bibs. If you've ever attended or participated in a Run for the Cure, you'll know what I mean. Provided by the race organizers, the bib is blank, with a sentence at the top that participants are invited to complete: "I'm...

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A Patient Without Her Entourage

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:12 PM

I am at my follow-up appointment in secret. Two years after finishing treatment, the novelty has long worn off. I didn't tell anyone this appointment was approaching. I almost forgot about it myself. Once I remembered, I mentioned it casually to my boyfriend in a passing text message. "I'll be...

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Your Life, Like Mine, Might Be Touched by Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The statistics recently released by the Canadian Cancer Society tell a grim tale of cancer's future. Diagnoses are on the rise. Mortality is decreasing (if only slightly). Two out of every five Canadians will live to hear the words, "You have cancer." One in four will...

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I Was Prettier Before Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:28 PM

It seems superficial. A 25-year-old girl is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. She endures months of grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatment, loses her hair, immune system, strength, vitality, ability to work, and, ultimately, her health. But after achieving a hard-fought remission, the thought she can't push out of her mind?...

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