Patient Reflections

isolation of illness
Jan

Fighting the Isolation of Illness

Julie Matthews

The isolation of illness is real.  Not only because you don’t feel well enough to go out in public, but because …


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Dec

Defining Bravery

Julie Matthews

“You are so brave.” I’ve realized over the years that those four words grate on the nerves of many cancer …


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Aug

Life After Cancer

Julie Matthews

August 16, 2013 — Even if you achieve remission from cancer, the worry often lingers. In two months, I will …


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Jul

You Made a Difference for Julie

Julie Matthews

Meet Julie Kerbaugh, one of the patients in the Side-Out Protocol, the pilot study funded entirely by volleyball. …


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May

Celebrating Life

Julie Matthews

Simple joys make every day special. Fireflies, a really good cup of coffee, your favorite song, an evening walk, …


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Feb

Dealing With Fear

Julie Matthews

The below story was read at the 2012 Capitol Hill Classic. Boxer and actor Randall “Tex” Cobb once said “Courage …


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Jul

The Other Shoe

Julie Matthews

“I will recover fully, I will stay in remission, and I will live a normal life.” I created and recited this mantra …


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May

Dating After Cancer

Julie Matthews

I recently joined an on-line dating service. I’m 32, I’m decent looking, I have a job I enjoy and family and …


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Apr

The Language of a “Survivor”

Julie Matthews

According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), a cancer survivor is “anyone with a history of …


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Apr

Developing the Art of Being a Patient

Julie Matthews

I just learned the term “patient activation”. It sounds like something New Age, like you’re getting ready to send …


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