Relationships and friendships have come and gone, illnesses have brought me to the brink of death and back to full health, medications have changed, many deaths have been mourned, careers have been thwarted and reimagined, often multiple times on the same day. But I have always kept a gym membership.
Schools' role in responding to campus sexual assault is essential, because students' civil rights -- an equal opportunity to education -- are on the line. I fear, however, that many do not understand that these civil rights concerns stand separate from any criminal proceedings that may or may not transpire.
For over a decade, my primary focus had been to stay alive -- one day, one breath, at a time. Everything else became secondary. I lived in the country of AIDS, on another planet, in another century, speaking a foreign language, in what Virginia Woolf described as the "undiscovered country" of illness.
I'm the fifth generation of my family to get cancer, but only the second person to survive it. It's a journey through which I've learned about what to do, and what not to do, when dealing with disease. The following list is what I email to everyone who contacts me when they, or someone they love, has cancer.