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Till I’m Not

“Do you live here in RadCity?” “No, I live in SouthBurbs – but it’s only a 15 min drive to here.” “Oh, that’s convenient.  Who do you live with?” “My … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 8 Comments


“Oh, good.  Can I drop trow, now?” His eyes sparkle with uncanny eagerness. “Well, no, you don’t have to quite yet.  I’ll save that bit for last.” Mr. Jones grins … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Too Many Proof

“So abstaining from alcohol  – or even just cutting back – is not something you’d even be willing to try?” Dr. Hepato leans in.  She looks hard at the grizzled … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

Talking Chances

“I think it’s important now to talk about the uncomfortable part of all of this – and that is your prognosis.  The appearance of these metastases in your brain is … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cocoa Carcinoma

“Then you should treat her today.”  The young woman glares at Dr. Breathe from beneath eyelids swollen from crying. Dr. Breathe shakes her head slightly, her lips empathetically pursed.  “I … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 5 Comments

Sing It Sunday

Hello. My name is Mullberry – Mullberry Whine. I used to post here about 5 times a week.  It was good fun – for me, and the two people who … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 8 Comments

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Anxious

“Congratulations!  You’ve done so well, I’m so pleased you’ve made it through your treatments and done so beautifully!” Mrs. Jones smiles faintly.  “When can I come back for a check … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ta-Ta, Now

“So, how long has it been since your last treatment?” The elderly woman grins so that her sparkling dentures threaten to leap from their high perch. “Nineteen years, five months.  … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

That’s All, Folks

“Well, it’s very possible that during the treatments there may be some swelling that affects your speech more than it has already been altered by your surgery.  And, yes, sometimes … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 4 Comments

Sing It Sunday

“I’m afraid we cannot do anymore radiation therapy.  All of our options have been exhausted at this point… I’m so sorry, Jon…” The look on the tall radiation oncologist’s face … Continue reading

August 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

Peanut Butter Prostate

His prostate is markedly enlarged, irregular, rock hard.  Dr. O’Urology catches my eye and shakes her head slightly as I withdraw and begin degloving. “Mr. Jones, we’ll go ahead and … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pick-up Line

“Well, I’ve got Clark Gable’s tan – but only on my neck.” His speech is slurred by a massive, semi-fixed tongue, the product of inoperable oropharyngeal cancer and edema from … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Spit Dreams Are Made Of

She coughs, gags on thick secretions in a mouth raw from radiation-induced mucositis, sighs gutturally as she opens the water bottle she must tote everywhere to moisten her malignant, wounded … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Radioactive Read

“What are you reading?” Dr. Ductal asks as we walk Mrs. Jones to the front desk. The 80-something’s face turns as red as her irradiated breast as she tottles towards … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · 2 Comments


Born on a face painfully disfigured by a rare form of cancer, his expression is one of fear masked by resignation, a combination that has all the appearance of emptiness.  … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 13 Comments

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