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Death and Life

danduffyby Dan Duffy


The drive was quiet, tense. My friend Richard didn’t speak, the silence broken only from the rattling of my lighting kit. We probably didn’t need it.

Two days prior, the first words from his phone call were, “Dude, can I borrow your camera?”

We’re thirty year friends, and while I love him, he does not have the best track record with “borrowing my things.” Once, he borrowed my car. It ended poorly.

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Moving On, Carrying On: Reframing Loss Without Erasing It

pattaylormovingonby Pat Taylor, CKN Editor

Originally published on The Huffington Post
The email flashes across my screen in bold, black type: “B got married on the weekend. So… how are you doing?”


How am I doing? My initial response is: “Fine. Happy for him. I wish him wellness and joy!” But then, my face cracks and suddenly I can barely breathe.


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Living Well, Dying Well: An Introduction by Pat Taylor


LWDWby Pat Taylor, CKN Editor


In the cancer community,  there are many people keen to talk about finding a cure, or about the experience of living with and/or surviving cancer. We try so hard to stay positive that we end up avoiding any discussion of death and loss…leaving those with metastatic and advanced cancer feeling deserted and isolated. At CKN we are looking to start publishing more on death, dying and “living while you’re dying”. We want to create a platform where people are free to explore the mysteries, fears and hopes surrounding death with the same enthusiasm and curiosity that we bring to all other aspects of life.


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An Open Letter to Cancer Caregivers

AmberGillespieby Amber N. Gillespie


When assuming the caregiving role, I think it is easy to think of how to help: take over meals, offer to clean house, run errands or the kids to/from events, etc.  Or if you live far away but still want to help, you may send flowers. Since I have assumed roles of both patient and caregiver, I can say that it is just not that easy.  Hopefully my ideas below will help you.  I don’t claim these to be “out of the box” or “new” caregiving tips, but they come from a long-term patient (me).

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An Interview with Dr. Scott Borinstein: Helpful Hints for Better Communication Between Caregiver and Oncologist

by Pat Taylor, CKN Caregiving Section Editor


I first met Dr. Scott Borinstein, a young, dynamic and engaging oncologist, at Critical Mass (the Young Adult Cancer Alliance’s annual conference) in Denver last November.  During a conversation between dart games, I began to share with him the loss of my daughter, Sara, to a sarcoma (his specialty). As we talked, I realized that I had a lot of questions about the relationship of the oncologist with his/her patients and their caregivers. Scott was open, authentic and keen to chat. It was clear to me that other caregivers could benefit from his answers. So I set up a phone interview with him, to have a more in-depth conversation that could be publicly posted on CKN. He graciously agreed.

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