Cancer

“How are you?” – a year and a half later

September 15, 2019

“How ARE you?” Miriam asked, corners of her mouth dropping. It’s a question people with long-lasting chronic illnesses hear all the time. How to answer?

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Bubbles of happiness

August 18, 2019

This week’s column is about how to find happiness when our bodies conspire to push us in the opposite direction. Hint: it’s all about the bubbles.

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Flunking out of blood school

July 21, 2019

I flunked out of blood school last week. I wasn’t expelled exactly, but my scores dropped significantly enough that I was put on probation.

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Is it all in my head?

June 23, 2019

If you were to have told me a year and a half ago that my chronic stomach pain was all in my head, I would have picked up the nearest stick and shown you what “all in your head” really feels like.

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Letting go

May 27, 2019

I was the fat kid in elementary school. I worked hard to keep the weight off. Then I got cancer. As my weight ping pongs, can I learn to let go of the “small things?”

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Should Israel be more like America?

March 31, 2019

When I first arrived here in 1984, I wanted Israel to be more like America. It was a common aspiration among immigrants: Israel of the mid-1980s was a much rougher place than it is today, with infrastructure resembling that of a developing nation (remember six-month waits for a home phone line?) more than the world-class […]

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A cure for cancer?

March 10, 2019

Israeli startup AEBi’s claim that it was on the verge of developing a cure for cancer was premature and even cruel. Here’s whats really going on.

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The “benefits” of cancer in Israel

February 18, 2019

While no one ever wants to get cancer, there are a few “benefits” to having the disease. A look at the Yuri Shtern Holistic Care Center.

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Husband: self-regulate!

January 21, 2019

My long-suffering wife has earned that sobriquet. I kvetch. But now she’s read me the riot act: “Husband, you’ve got to self-regulate!”

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Defining Courage

December 24, 2018

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” How do you define courage?

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