Tribal Life

Linda Edwards, Writer


One day at a time

“You are cancer-free. Go live your life.” It’s been almost a year since Dr. Asik said the words I longed to hear.  To bring you up to speed, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2018, and had chemotherapy infusions from January through May 2019. Always positive-minded and goal-oriented, I started my journey with the intention of becoming a cancer survivor. I achieved my goal. Now, in the midst […]

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I may have started celebrating too soon

I haven’t posted in a while, because to be perfectly honest, I just didn’t have it in me. What I did have in me was a lot of chemo drugs and a bad attitude. Some of you have heard the live updates of what has transpired over the last month. But most of you have not heard what was added to the mix this past week. Let’s bring everyone up […]

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No news, no plan B

Every day is a new adventure on this cancer journey. Due to a last minute cancellation, I was able to have the four-month PET scan yesterday, rather than Thursday, when it had originally been scheduled. The scan techs told me to expect the results in 24-48 hours. Today was chemo. I gave the nurses a heads up about the change and asked them to alert Dr. Asik to be looking […]

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I’m rallying the troops

I have a big day on Thursday – the four month PET scan. In my story, the scan is clear, aka cancer free, and I live happily ever after. Are you with me? I’m keeping it simple, but that’s the gist, and I need everyone on board. Connect with your prayer groups, light your candles, cross your fingers and toes, send your healing energy my way, think positive, visualize a […]

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Find your tribe

Just got a group text from my running buddy July, with some photos of me, Donna, and her taking a strength training boot camp class a couple of years ago. July has since moved out of the area, but we stay in touch. Her text read, “Came across these. How much fun we had! Actually the only one smiling is Donna. Miss you guys.” The photos show me doing chin […]

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Warrior Women (and Men)

You read an earlier post that featured the Warrior bracelet I received from my cousin April. She lives in another state and surprised me by sending an inspiring piece of jewelry that has become my daily wear for this journey. I’ve since come to learn I’m not the only one. My daughter. My sister. My brother. My mom. The bracelet keeps turning up. Some are wearing it on their […]

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We all have the same 24

This post was supposed to be about chemo brain. My Patient’s Guide to Cancer Care three-ring binder has a whole page entitled, “Chemotherapy Related Cognitive Impairment.” I was going to share a funny story about losing my car in the Walgreen’s parking lot. In my defense, I forgot I was driving Don’s car, but I walked around it twice, missing the Detroit Lions sticker on the rear bumper each time. […]

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Name the wig: the conclusion

Felicia. Zelda. Defiance. Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman. Warrior. An laoch is treise. (Translation: “The mightiest warrior” in Irish.) I needed all of them as I made the long walk from my car in the parking lot, through the side door, down the endlessly long hallway, and past the busy café, where residents at the retirement community in which I work sat eating their breakfast and leisurely chatting over their […]

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Barber conversation

  “So how many kids do you have?” he said, hardly cracking a smile. About halfway through buzzing my hair, my husband knew just the thing to lighten the mood. In October, we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. There is not a day I don’t thank God for bringing this man into my life. I did it. Well, Don did it. And just like that, the agonizing is over. […]

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