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Erica’s Cancer Journey: Hacks that help versus hinder

Erica’s Cancer Journey: Hacks that help versus hinder

When you and I spend time together, I tend to move slower than you do, but I do not always require assistance. In your rush to carry my totebags out of politeness, you don’t realize how disoriented I get about where my phone and pillbox are, and a moving target just makes things harder for me. Carrying my own gear is also one small way to work my weakened muscles and practice coordination. 

Medical marijuana’s uses continue to grow

Medical marijuana’s uses continue to grow

The drug is an effective replacement for opiates and was recently approved for treatment of PTSD. New York State’s law is restrictive, allowing limited dispensaries and requiring the drug to be ingested in a distilled oil form rather than smoked. Still, there are over 30,000 regular users.

Erica’s Cancer Journey: Brain bling

Erica’s Cancer Journey: Brain bling

My husband estimates that my innate worth has grown 47 cents due to the three new tiny gold seeds in my head (probably as close as I’ll ever get to wearing a tinfoil hat). This metal trio is smaller than rice and glued onto my skull to help point the radiation beam to the correct spot in my brain. My husband was delighted that the doctor jokingly said he could bring his own drill along.