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The Tiny (Big) Yellow Pill

At 6am on a Friday morning in late January, my alarm goes off. Most days my most pressing question at that hour is “over easy or scrambled?” but today I am thinking “Well, bra and jeans are out. What else … Continue reading

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The Eternal Mother of Camp Walt Whitman

Jancy Dorfman, former co-Director of Camp Walt Whitman (CWW), where I spent my summers between the ages of 10 and 20, passed away from cancer at the age of 70. Many of us called Jancy our second mother, the mother … Continue reading

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I am JoJo

I was never one to voluntarily pursue extreme heights. I was never a winter sports athlete, nor would I have thought to have enough strength to climb an ice mountain. If you told me two years ago when I was … Continue reading

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“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

It is one year since I walked out of my last radiation treatment, into the California sunshine, moving from the life of a patient to the life of a survivor. There are so many signs that I’ve moved on– my … Continue reading

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Why Walking 39.3 Miles Felt So Good

At mile 24 we continued to pound the pavement. After waking up at 4:45am, making our way up and down both the east and west sides of Manhattan, with spectacular views of the New York City skyline and Lady Liberty, … Continue reading

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The Brilliant, Undeniable Flash of God

My father has recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He just started a five-week course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment to shrink the tumor, to be followed by surgery. The cancer has not spread, and so we are all hopeful … Continue reading

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Dear Lisa Covington

Dear Lisa, Our time together was fleeting, but all of the women on our Little Pink Houses of Hope retreat can attest to the powerful connection we formed last September on Lake Tahoe. Every time I look at the photo … Continue reading

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