by Melinda Marchiano, Childhood Cancer Advocate
September is a slow and mesmerizing free-fall. It is a sobering, coming down from the carefree adrenaline of summer, and the distant hope of a season not quite yet arrived. It promises two things—a somber end to summer’s sweet extroversion, and the commencement of a season marked by a period of comforting investment in one’s own heart. Spirit’s fire settles. Passionate flames retreat, tucking their energy into the folds of a quieting soul. They hold within them the elation of the summer, and the bitter parting from what they knew could not last forever. Yet their amber glow pulses with the hope of a time to come, a time where they reignite and fill their intended purpose, and light their predestined corner of the world. To me, September is a recharging of the soul—recognition of what has come to pass, and the settling into a hopeful incubation for the work that lies on the horizon.
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by Melinda Marchiano
Walking to my second class of the day, I see a friend across campus and quickly veer to take an alternate route. It’s that time of the day—the time when I’d be dishonest about how well I’m doing, the time where I simply don’t feel well enough to talk to people. I haven’t decided which feels worse, avoiding people I genuinely care about, or saying hello and only drawing more attention to the frustrating fact that I don’t have enough in me to give them what I truly desire to. These moments always seem to be a lose-lose situation. Sometimes, I figure it best to choose the route of total honesty:
“I’m actually not feeling the best, but it’s ok.” To this they often inquire if I’m sick or getting sick, to which my reply is inevitably vague and confusing. “Um, well not really… but kinda.”
by Melinda Marchiano
The unspoken beast… childhood cancer. It creeps in without a word, demands the near-lethal to destroy it, and leaves a haunting trail for those it touches. While cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the United States, improvements in detection, treatments, and survivorship can make this a thing of the past.